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ACTU presents music of the ’70s

Arts for the Community at Thomas University (ACTU) will present “Celebrate the ’70s” at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, at the Thomasville Music and Drama Troupe building, located at 427 Covington Ave. in Thomasville.

The program will feature vocalists Dana King, Tony Chapman, Grady Enlow, Lisa Mitchell, Lexi Jones and members of the Music and Drama Troupe performing music popularized by artists including Chicago, Gloria Gaynor, Stevie Wonder, Carly Simon, Gladys Knight, John Lennon, Marvin Gaye, Cat Stevens and others. 

“We had one concert at the Troupe location last year, and the acoustics work very well for this kind of music,” series coordinator Karl Barton said. “It is great to involve the younger generation in the music styles from the golden age of vinyl records that have all been making a resurgence in popular culture.”

Thomasville’s Dana King toured with artist Jessta James performing all over the Southeast United States. She has recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, and Atlanta with a great gift for singing that she loves to share.

Tony Chapman is the Director of the Employee Assistance Program at Archbold and is an accomplished singer and tenor saxophone player. He has performed with the Thomas University Jazz Ensemble for many years.

“ACTU is all about combining the gifts and talents of the faculty, students and staff at Thomas University with those of community members,” Barton said. “We are thrilled to partner with so many great musical talents.”

Included among the musical talents will be Grady Enlow, who is better known as Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Thomas University, but who is also a talented singer.

Lisa Mitchell is an experienced singer as well as Assistant Professor of Speech and Theatre at Thomas University. Her performances feature her inimitable dramatic flair, which will be on full display for this concert.

“We are excited about celebrating the wide variety of music from the 1970s, and I encourage everyone to come out to enjoy the music on Sunday,” Barton continued.

The concert is free and open to the public with a suggested donation of $5 per person. A reception will follow the performance. For more information, call 229-227-6964 or e-mail

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