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Rising From the Embers 

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Once code for "race music," the term given to music made by black rhythm-and-blues artists years ago, beach music now has its own awards show and original songs. Craig Woolard, who left his former band (beach sound ambassadors The Embers) in 2004, delivers blue-eyed soul with a heavy Motown influence, a sound his audiences find comfortable and familiar. The singer has also been known to cover songs by John Legend, AC/DC and Los Lonely Boys, just to keep it fresh and sexy. He's clearly one of the best white-haired guys in the retro soul lane, ranking somewhere between Michael McDonald and Taylor Hicks. The Craig Woolard Band performs at Old Towne Civic Center in Petersburg Thursday, June 5, at 7 p.m. $5-$8. Call 733-8344 or visit www.petersburgarea.org. - Craig Belcher

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