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Friday, December 29, 2017

It was a Very Good Year

2017 was, indeed, a very good year for the Yesterukes.  Due to some advertising in the form of slick brochures sent out to potential performance venues, we played a record number of gigs and acquired more than a few new friends and fans along the way. Now that the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday rush is over, we've found time to recap highlights of our Fall season.

We began our Fall season on September 14 playing for the Golden Group at Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Greenville.  This was our second performance there and the welcome was just as enthusiastic as it was the first time we played there.

On September 25, we played for the nice folks at Haywood Estates.  This was our first ever performance there and they liked us so much we've been invited back in February 2018 to play for a larger crowd.  

On October 5th, we returned to Tremont Church of God to play for their Golden Gems Group.  We've played there once before and the welcome this time was just as warm as the first time we were there. And, as always, the food was delicious!

On October 16th, we "returned home" for a concert in the chapel at Martha Franks Baptist Retirement Center.  We got our start at Martha Franks when a few folks got together for a learn to play the ukulele class taught by our founder and now retired band member, Dianne Sutton.

On November 7th, we played for a lively group of residents at the Palmettos of Mauldin.  Several of the folks in the audience sang along to every song.

We kicked off our Christmas performances on December 5th at Rocky Creek Baptist Church with a program of seasonal favorites for their Forever Young seniors group. They fed us well before we played and the meal was delicious.

December 14th found us at Salem United Methodist Church in Greenville.  We've played there before, but this was our first Christmas program for their seniors group.  The food and fellowship and audience were all great!

At the last minute, we received and invitation to provide Christmas entertainment in the lobby of the Veterans Administration Outpatient Clinic on Grove Road in Greenville.  We were more than happy to oblige and provide some holiday cheer for those who have served and helped protect our freedoms. Unfortunately, no photos were taken.

And last, but not least, we once again performed at the Greenville Poinsett Club for their annual Christmas luncheon.  There was a capacity crowd in the ballroom and most, if not all, available rooms were used to accommodate the guests.  We set up in the balcony overlooking the ballroom. We played from 11:30 am to almost 2:00 pm with a short break between sets.  We've already received word that they want us back next year.

So, as you can see, it was a very good (and very busy) year for the Yesterukes and we're already looking forward to hitting the road again in February.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

"See You in September"

Well, we're taking some time off for some well deserved rest.  We really had a full schedule this spring after sending out flyers to churches, civic groups, assisted living centers, and retirement communities.  The response was overwhelming and we really felt bad having to tell some interested groups that we wouldn't be able to play when they wanted us. Thankfully, they all understood and asked us to look at dates into next year and beyond.  We're booked solid for the rest of 2017 and it looks like 2018 is shaping up to be just as busy! In the words of country music legend Jerry Reed, "When You're Hot, You're Hot."

Here are a few pics from some of our performances this spring.  Sometimes, yours truly gets a little busy and forgets to snap pictures, so the album is incomplete.  However, somebody from the hosting group usually takes pictures or even makes a video of part of our performance and, if you're Facebook savvy, you might want to look at our Yesterukes page and catch videos and photos that didn't make it on this blog.

Meanwhile, have a great summer and we'll "See You in September"! (Written by Sid Wayne and Sherman Edwards and made popular in the fifties by The Tempos and redone in the sixties by The Happenings)

Salem United Methodist on February 14th.

Buncombe Street United Methodist on February 21st.
A thoughtful church member made us some very nice posters.

Wesley Commons, Greenwood, on March 23rd.

Aldersgate United Methodist on April 3rd.

Easley First Baptist Church on April 24th.

Brookdale Hawthorne Park on May 19th.

First Baptist Greer on June 13th.

Have a great summer!