Get ready to stand up, get moving and get grooving. The Spinners — one of the most beloved rhythm and blues bands of all time — are returning to Southwest Florida this weekend.
There are no opening acts, so Spinners concert attendees won't have to wait to hear fan favorites like "I'll Be Around," "One Of A Kind (Love Affair)," "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love," "Rubberband Man," "Then Came You" and "Working My Way Back to You."
If you go
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8
Where: Event Pavilion, Seminole Casino Immokalee, 506 S. First St., Immokalee
Cost: $20 in advance or $25 at the door
Tickets: 800-218-0007 or purchase on site
Something else: Must be 21 or older
The Spinners will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Event Pavilion at Seminole Casino Immokalee.
Both Bobbie Smith and Henry Fambrough, original members of the band, perform alongside lead singer Charlton Washington, high tenor Marvin Taylor, bass singer Jessie Peck and their five-piece band. Bobbie Smith said being a Spinner has always been like a member of a large family and that their shows are in the best words, a family reunion.
"Our fans are very close to us and we have many who have been in touch with the group for many years — I mean, some that have been in touch with us as long as 40 years," Smith said. "Our music has been said to have started relationships and even families. There have been so many years of the Spinners touching others. But in actuality, the Spinners have been touched by their support and love."
For Peck, being part of such an iconic band is a dream come true, one he is excited to bring to Southwest Florida where the band has a large following.
"We don't get to come to South Florida enough, but when we do, the weather is always beautiful and the people are always friendly," Peck said.
He explained the staying power of the band after so many years: "It's the music — but even more than that — it's the memories that come to mind, because you hear these songs and you remember that life was so very wonderful and every Spinners song is all about love," he said. "I love the way I feel when I listen to a Spinners song."
Peck said being part of the Spinners still blows his mind.
"I was one of the original Spinners fans, so it makes me very happy to be a part of it because I was there from day one loving the Spinners," Peck said. "It really makes me feel even more fortunate than an original member of the Spinners, because I had the chance to adore them and then become a part of them. How many fans get to do that?"
Peck has been in the Spinners since 2008. He said the newness still hasn't worn off.
"I still find myself on stage in a daze and feels like I'm dreaming. It's incredible flying state to state and performing as a member of the Spinners — it is surreal and there are big shoes to fill," he said, giving credit to the original members. "When you're stepping in for the legendary Pervis Jackson, boy, you better bring something, so I try to bring a lot of extra energy to make up for the fact that the man isn't there and I'm carrying Pervis' torch."
Peck said fans can expect to see a new Spinners album possibly coming out in the spring.
"This weekend I would invite people to come out, be wowed and take a wonderful trip down memory lane," Peck said. "It just makes you feel good and with excellent choreography, you'll be surprised to see what the Spinners do on stage."