The Dancing Fleas will premiere the 74th season of SCCA on Saturday – The Stanly News & Press
The Dancing Fleas will kick off SCCA’s 74th season on Saturday
Posted at 5:20 a.m. on Friday, September 23, 2022
To kick off the Stanly County Concert Association’s 74th season, a North Carolina-based ukulele party band will have people dancing and singing along to a variety of songs spanning multiple genres when they come to town Saturday at the Stanly County Agri-Civic Center.
The ukulele is commonly associated with the music of Hawaii, where its name roughly translates to “jumping chip”.
Of Portuguese descent, when Hawaiians saw Europeans playing small instruments, they noticed their fingers moving so fast on the strings it reminded them of dancing fleas, said Jeff Hamilton, a native of Albemarle and a member of the band.
When he and his family moved to Shelby about a decade ago, his wife, Laura Wheeler, joined a local ukulele club that met regularly at a local music store. She eventually convinced Hamilton, who had little musical experience, to start playing the instrument.
He found the ukulele to be quite easy to learn.
“Four strings, four fingers is the perfect combination,” he said.
The club eventually became the band, and Hamilton was invited to join around 2015. About two years later, he said, The Fleas started booking gigs and really took off. Along with Hamilton and Wheeler, their son Silas is also a member.
This will be the band’s second time performing in Stanly County. Last year, The Fleas performed as part of International Play Music on the Porch Day on the porch of the historic Isaiah Snuggs House.
“Our mission as a band is to have fun playing great music,” Hamilton said.
The group is known for their range of styles from classic country to sassy funky. It has original music, including “The Fleas are Here,” “Mr. Frog and Mr. Toad,” “Rearview Mirror,” and “Prayer for Saluda Grade,” which Hamilton wrote, but the band also put their spin on it. to songs like Commodores’ “Sail On” and Atlanta’s “So Into You.” Rhythm Section.
Hamilton said that as a tribute, the band will also perform songs by country and bluegrass singers Don Gibson and Earl Scruggs, both from Cleveland County.
“There is a rich musical heritage from this region that we try to tap into and are happy to be a part of,” Hamilton said.
The band also enjoy showing audiences that the ukulele has more depth and range than most people realize.
“We’re trying to get people to understand that the ukulele is more than just a little Hawaiian string instrument,” he said. “People who come to the show will see that you can do a lot of good things with ukuleles.”
Besides Hamilton, Wheeler, and Silas, the other members are Jason Lineberger, Galaxy Lineberger, Perry Anthony, Stan Anthony, Laurie Horsley, and Chris Pike.
The concert, which will begin at 7:30 p.m., will last approximately one hour and 45 minutes.
Tickets, which cost $20 for adults and $10 for students, can be purchased on the SCCA website and are available in advance at the Agri-Civic Center or Starnes Bramlett Jewelers.
Other featured artists for this season include Christmas With The Celts at 3 p.m. on December 11, The Rowan Big Band at 7:30 p.m. on February 18, 2023, Blackwater Band at 7:30 p.m. on March 25, 2023, and Lonesome River Band. at 3 p.m. on April 16, 2023.