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Ya gotta luv the Venice Theatre Guild summer concerts
First up on June 18: The Gotta Luv It Band rocks the '50s, '60s and '70s
VENICE, FL, MAY 26, 2016 -  The Venice Theatre Guild invites audiences to enjoy a night of nostalgia, energy and fun when The Gotta Luv It Band takes to the MainStage Saturday, June 18, 2016. The concert is at 8 p.m. and tickets are $20. They are on sale now at the theatre’s box office, by phone at 941-488-1115 or online at www.venicestage.com. Proceeds benefit families in need of scholarships to participate in Venice Theatre’s education programs.

“Gotta Luv It” is six professional, “old school” musicians who promise “good clean fun for everyone” with their repertoire of songs from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s. The band features seasoned vocalist Brenda Watty who's sung with the Marvelettes,  Bob Stout, Jr. on vocals and rhythm guitar, New Yorker Russ Bracco on vocals and drums, Joel Schindler on vocals and bass guitar, David Murabito on vocals, keyboard, and guitar, and John Swaiko on hot sax and keyboard.

Each musician has decades of performance experience. They’ve been together in Florida as “Gotta Luv It” for six years. They love entertaining a crowd until “the whole place is rocking, singing, clapping and acting like they’re KIDS again.”

Click here for photos and more information about the band. 

The summer oldies concerts are an annual tradition of the Venice Theatre Guild. After The Gotta Luv It Band, the Guild will bring doo-wop group The Goldtones to the stage on Sept. 17, 2016

Venice Theatre is located at 140 W. Tampa Ave. on the island in Venice. Summer box office hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and one hour before all performances.
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    About Venice Theatre                                                  
    Venice Theatre ’s mission is making a dramatic impact on all stages of life. The second-largest out of 10,000 community theatres in the United States, its MainStage offers seating for 432 patrons and features musicals, plays, concerts and special events.  Its Yvonne Pinkerton Theatre seats 90 patrons and is home to the theatre’s “Generations”, Stage II and Cabaret Series. In addition to providing entertainment to the community, Venice Theatre has a wide range of education and outreach programs for children and adults. Venice Theatre is a non-profit, 501 (c) 3 organization. 
    About the Venice Theatre Guild                                              
    The Guild is a membership organization united by a commitment to Venice Theatre. Through the annual Summer Oldies Concert Series, the Guild raises funds that provide tuition support for theatre classes, internships and the theatre's intense SummerStock program.