High 5 tears it up at Groovin on the Green

Most of those who live on or around the Plateau have rocked out to High 5 is some way, shape, or form over the years. As usual, they brought the energy they are known for to Groovin on the Green last Friday as the crowd spent most of the time on their feet dancing.

Everyone was getting on board the vibe at Groovin on the Green at The Village Green on Friday featuring High 5.

High 5 plays an eclectic mix of rock standards, blues, country rock, Americana, a few show tunes, and even gospel with energy and enthusiasm; all members sing contributing to variety in lead vocals and good harmonies, said Keyboardist Mark Lassiter.

Keyboardist Mark Lassiter performing with High 5 on Friday at Groovin on the Green at The Village Green.

“We love playing local because of the huge support we receive from our friends and community; it inspires us to see our friends having a good time with the music as we are,” said Lasiter. “We take pride in starting our shows on time, playing setlists with very short intervals between tunes, and minimizing breaks. I can just say that if you come to a High 5 show, you will see a group of professionals ready to play, give 100 %, play largely popular music with conviction and energy, and enjoy doing it. Hopefully the audience will be right there with us, as they were Friday night.”

From left are Tyler Kittle on sax and Hurricane Creek frontman Lee Ladensack on guitar at The Village Green last Friday.

High 5 formed around seven years ago with a group of locals who had been playing together in various other projects for close to 20 years. There have been some personnel changes through the years; original members Sam Potts (drums), Mark Lassiter (keys), and Joe Fowler (bass) remain. Hurricane Creek Band frontman Lee Ladensack (guitar) joined about 5 years ago, and Tyler Kittle (sax) has played intermittently with the band for a number of years and is playing all of High 5’s 2019 shows.

“All members were local at one time, but Fowler now is in Knoxville and Potts in Asheville,” said Lassiter. “Due to the geographic situation, members’ commitments to other projects/bands, and the overall goals of the group, we are only scheduling about six gigs a year.”

Sam Potts banging it out on the drums last Friday.

High 5’s remaining two shows for 2019 include the Highlands 5K and 10K Run and Street Party at Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park on Saturday night Aug 17, and the Ugly Dog Pub in Highlands on Oct 18. To learn more about High 5 click HERE. Tomorrow (Aug. 2) The Currys will perform at Groovin on the Green. Learn more about The Currys HERE.

Editor’s Note: In my opinion, her face perfectly encapsulates how it feels to be airborne.

Editor’s Note: In this young man’s defense, he was the only one brave enough to grab the errant Frisbee toss over the fence. It should also be noted his entire 12-second crime spree into unauthorized territory was under strict-adult supervision.

It’s a come as you are situation at The Village Green on Friday nights at Groovin on the Green.

Editor’s Note: I was approx. 100 yards from this dog and he just locked onto me, well played dog, you made the article.

Much of the crowd spent the concert on their feet feeling the music from High 5 last Friday.

Article and Photos by Brian O’Shea
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