Bands ready to rock Black & White Ball

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Saturday’s Black & White Ball has a musical lineup that matches up with the “Summer Nights: It’s America Anywhere USA” theme. From Zydeco to country, from oldies to more modern hits, ball-goers will get to hear a little bit of all sorts of America’s favorite musical styles while partying at the Gold Country Fairgrounds. Check out this year’s live music lineup. Dr. Bach and the Jazz Practitioners This local group is made up of eight talented, high-energy musicians who share a love of performing Dixieland, swing, dance, blues and gospel. In addition to male and female vocalists, Dr. Bach and the Jazz Practitioners also features tuba, banjo, string bass and guitar. Dr. Bach and the Jazz Practitioners perform 7-9:30 p.m. at the High Street fairground entrance. Midnight Sun Auburn’s Midnight Sun features David Swart on keyboard, Lon Kennedy playing guitar, and Jason Fritts on the drums. Joining them will be David’s son Brian Swart on the saxophone. Brian is a music student at California State University Northridge and has been playing in the group all summer long. The band’s 200-plus song list covers everything from rock — 1970s all the way up to more modern tunes — to smooth jazz and other standards. Midnight Sun performs from 7-10 p.m. in the gazebo area of the fairgrounds. Mike Branson Roseville resident Mike Branson takes it back — he’s big on Frank Sinatra, The Drifters, Elvis, Tony Bennett and all kinds of crooners who fit into the oldies, country, rhythm and blues, rock and semi-classical genres. Hear Branson’s versatility as he performs at the Black & White Ball main entrance from 7-10 p.m. Ronny & the Classics, with Steve Williams Ronny & the Classics describe their show as a tribute to all rock ‘n’ roll legends, with costuming and choreography encompassing music genres from the ’40s through the ’70s. Ron Kakebeen takes the lead with vocals, accompanied by Glen Stiglic on lead guitar, Steve Jenkins on drums and Andy Horway on keyboard. Joining Ronny & the Classics on stage is Steve Williams, who pays tribute in song and costume to Buddy Holly and Elvis. Catch Ronny & the Classics and Steve Williams from 9:30 to 11 p.m., and again from 11:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Memphis Stage. The Crawdaddios Get ready for some Zydeco as The Crawdaddios take the stage Saturday night. Kenny Lee Benson, Lindy Rasmusson, Keith Niehenke, Perry Senn and James Quintero have been playing together for 20 years and all live in Southern California. Benson sings in addition to playing the keyboard, accordion and harmonica. Rasmusson, one of the founding members of the band, sings and performs electric and acoustic guitars. Niehenke plays the fiddle and also sings, while Senn bangs on the drums and Quintero sings and slaps the bass guitar. The Crawdaddios perform from 9:30-10:30 p.m. on the Bayou Stage. The Doo-Wah Riders So, remember all those guys with The Crawdaddios? They also perform as The Doo-Wah Riders, and define their sound as “high energy country with a Cajun twist.” Catch the Doo-Wah Riders’ set, following The Crawdaddios performance, from 11 p.m. to 1:15 a.m. on the Bayou Stage. Lovetrain Sacramento-based party band Lovetrain is made up of seven musicians — a male vocalist, two female vocalists, a keyboardist, guitarist, drummer and bass player. This is Lovetrain’s first Black & White Ball appearance — they play from 9:30 p.m. to 1:15 a.m. on the Gold Country Court Stage. Learn about the band at