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Blues & Beach Music comes to Albany

October 21, 2006

Albany - - The lyrics to blues music usually have sad overtunes, but the music brought out the best in people in downtown Albany tonight. The Flint River Beach & Blues Music Street Party is taking place. 

It's just a sad love song that you could hear from blocks away.  Live music, food, and dancing.

"I had worked all day and we just came out to relax, get a little entertainment," says Benjie Green.

The Flint River Beach & Blues Music Party brought 5 bands together, including the legendary Drifters.

"Made a bunch of calls and pulled out these people together to do this event for the Cancer Coalition," says Organizer Patricia Swain.

The fundraiser didn't go quite as planned.

"People in Albany complain a lot about not having anything to do and this was something for them to do. Our attendance wasn't quite what we anticipated, we had hoped to have a lot more people because they always complain about not having something to do," Swain says.

They anticipated 500 people. Not even half that number showed up.

"It's a wonderful event. I wish there was more turnout. Albany needs more support with these types of functions," says Carol Slappey.

But those who came didn't let the small crowd stop them from having a good time.

"We love beach music and we love the Drifters," Slappey says.

And what a better environment than this to hear them.

"I like the atmosphere that's going on out here," Green says.

Organizers say, the show must go on.

"We've had a good time anyway," says Swain.

Grooving to the sounds of music that brings out the best in people.  The Southwest Georgia Cancer Coalition works in 33 counties to eliminate cancer in our region by educating people about the disease and promoting early detection and treatment.

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