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Infinity performs live on McDonough Square

By Valerie Baldowski

vbaldowski@henryherald.com

Music lovers will be entertained on the McDonough Square, by the sounds of a band known to go beyond the limits.

The Infinity Show Band is scheduled to play on Saturday, from 7 p.m., to 10 p.m. The group's performance is part of Main Street McDonough's Music on the Square program.

The band members live in the metro-Atlanta area, but the group is quite popular, and travels extensively, said Linda Schenk, Main Street McDonough director.

"There are other Main Street cities that have had them play before," Schenk said. "They are dynamic, and a powerful ensemble."

She said the group travels to Rome, Ga., annually to perform. "Those people beg for them to come back every year," said Schenk.

The band has also played in Calhoun and Tifton, she said.

The group has also played in larger venues in the past, said Kerwin Felix, the band's manager. "We played for 40,000 [people] in Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, in 2009, for the fourth of July celebration," he said.

The traveling performers were booked to play in McDonough when another Main Street city -- where they played previously -- referred them to Schenk, continued Felix.

He said the group plays a variety of musical genres, including rock, rhythm and blues, funk, reggae, Latin, and country, and he said the performers are making a name for themselves. "It's a good kind of name," said Felix.

The band members are: Richard Horton, musical director, guitarist and a vocalist; keyboard player, Sean Barnave; lead male vocalist, Kenneth Brown; Dawn Michele, the female vocalist and choreographer; drummer and percussionist, Kenny Brown; band spokesperson, Africa Pratt-Ansa; and Victor Choates, the group's road director.

Musical Director Horton, a Nashville, Tenn., native, said his interest in music dates back to a young age. "I was in the school band in the fourth grade. I played the clarinet," he said. "When I got to the sixth grade, the Beatles hit the world. I loved the Beatles."

Horton said he asked his father to buy him a guitar, and after he received it, he practiced on it frequently. By his junior year in high school, he was playing in clubs for money. "I can remember running in meets in my high school track club, and then immediately having to leave after the race to go play in a club," he said.

"In my mind, doing what we do is about making people feel, making them have some type of emotional response," added Horton.

Felix said the current band members have played together since 2006. When the band was formed, the name "Infinity Show Band" was chosen to evoke the sense of nonstop music, he said.

"I was trying to think of something that was endless," added Felix. "I like for the fun to never end, [and] what we offer is quality, fun-filled entertainment."

The Music on the Square program brings musicians and bands to the McDonough Square, through its summer concert series, from June through September, said Schenk.

The program aims at attracting business to the restaurants and merchants on The Square, through entertainment, she said.