The Spinners open Belleayre Festival

Highmount — ­ Rock Hall of Fame nominees The Spinners will roll out their repertoire of timeless songs to get the Belleayre Music Festival’s 21st season off to a hit-filled start on Saturday, July 7 at 8 p.m.

The Spinners’ classic group sound and approach remains universally appealing more than five decades after the band burst onto the pop and R&B charts. The group has garnered 12 gold records on the strength of hit singles like “Rubberband Man,” “One of a Kind (Love Affair),” “I’ll Be Around,” “Could It Be I’m Falling in Love?” and “Working My Way Back to You.”

The Spinners, who were nominated for the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame this year. The band puts the “S” in soul and its irresistible beats are remix favorites for many Djs, including Fatboy Slim.
Original members Bobbie Smith and Henry Fambrough are joined onstage by lead singer Charlton Washington, Jessie Peck, Marvin Taylor and a soul-infused five-piece band.

The mighty Spinners have six Grammy nominations and have performed twice during the awards ceremony. They received a Black Gold Award from Dick Clark for their many achievements in the recording industry. The band has also been awarded the Rhythm and Blues Foundation Award for its contributions to R&B. The group has performed for presidents, received a star on the Hollywood “Walk of Fame,” and has appeared in numerous television specials.
Summer shows

The rest of the season’s lineup includes the following (shows start at 8 p.m., unless noted): July 14, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Presents Josh Turner. July 21, Broadway Leading Lady Christine Ebersole. July 28, Belleayre Festival Opera presents Puccini’s “La Boheme.”

Also: August 3, NYC¹s Hottest Tribute Jazz Band Ed Palermo's Frank Zappa Little Big Band. August 4, M.F. Production’s Celebration of Lionel Hampton featuring Dianne Schuur & Warren Wolf. August 10, Jazz for the “Here & Now”Stefon Harris & Blackout. August 11, Pat Metheny Unity Band with Chris Potter, Antonio Sanchez & Ben Williams. August 18 (noon-6 p.m.), Belleayre Car Show
Free admission. Precedes concert by The Texas Tenors. August 18, “America’s Got Talent” Sensations

The Texas Tenors. August 25, Carolines Presents Comedy in the Catskills starring “Curb Your Enthusiasm’s” Susie Essman. September 1, “America’s No. 1 Tribute Show” The Music of Led Zeppelin ‹ Rock Symphony.

Festival info
Tickets for The Spinners are: $66, $56, $46, $36 and $25 (lawn). Tickets for all shows are on sale via Ticketmaster. For additional information, please call 800 942-6904, ext. 1344, visit: belleayremusic.org or e-mail: belleayremusicfestival@gmail.com
For information on where to stay, dine, shop or to simply enjoy the great outdoors when you¹re in town for the Belleayre Music Festival, please visit: www.catskillhighpeaks.com, www.ulstertourism.info or www.greatwesterncatskills.com.
Belleayre Music Festival concerts are held on the grounds of Belleayre Mountain in Highmount.