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Villages acts find alternate venues during Katie Belle’s renovation

Katie Belle’s is closed for remodeling but musical performers like Rocky and the Rollers will rock on in different places.

It looks like such venues as the American Legion Post 347 in Lady Lake and La Hacienda Center in The Villages will pick up part of the slack.

Rocky and the Rollers
Rocky and the Rollers

The Rollers were one of the top, regular attractions at Katie Belle’s, which is not expected to reopen until fall.

“A lot of people were asking us when Katie Belle’s closed, where they could come to our dances,” said Gerry “Rocky” Seader, leader of the band. “So, we’re going to be playing the Legion Post.” The Rollers will play there on a regular basis.

The first two monthly “Follow the Fun” dances will be held May 29-30, at 6 p.m.at the Legion Post, 699 W Lady Lake Blvd. Tickets will be available at the Legion Post. The Rollers also appear at Town Squares and will host an oldies concert in late July at the Savannah Center.

Petrina
Petrina

Petrina, another Villages’ favorite, performs May 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the Legion Post. Petrina will appear with the Valerie Gillespie Ensemble.

Three acts are already booked for the La Hacienda Center, 2384 Buena Vista Blvd. Tickets for these shows are available at The Villages Box Office locations.

The Swinging Bavarians
The Swinging Bavarians

The Swinging Bavarians, a German Polka band from the Ocala area, will hold a “polka party” event on June 20, at 7 p.m.

A “Tribute to the Stars” show will be held June 27 at 7 p.m. the La Hacienda Center. It features tribute artists performing the music of John Lennon, Buddy Holly, Neil Diamond and Buddy Holly. The Legends Back-up band will play the music of Jimmy Buffett, KC and the Sunshine Band and others.

The Johnny Cool Swing Band brings its retro-swing sound to La Hacienda Center on June 29 at 7 p.m. The band plays swing and rock music with influences such as Brian Setzer and Louis Prima.

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