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Spinners bring lively performance to Seminole Casino Brighton

Fans cheer as The Spinners enter the stage area for an outdoor concert at the Seminole Casino Brighton on Jan. 12, 2022. (Photo Beverly Bidney)

BRIGHTON – The famed R&B group The Spinners brought their high-energy show to the Seminole Casino Brighton for a free outdoor concert Jan. 12.

The group has been around since the 1950s and continues to tour. The Spinners have sold more than 60 million records and had 18 Top 40 hits, mostly in the 1960s and 1970s. Their biggest hits were “Then Came You,” “Working My Way Back to You/Forgive Me Girl,” “Could it Be I’m Falling in Love,” “One of a Kind Love Affair,” “I’ll Be Around” and “It’s a Shame.”

This was the first concert of the year at the casino on the Brighton Reservation.

“This concert is special because we are trying to bring recognition to the property,” said Marty Johns, general manager of the casino. “We also want to bring entertainment to the area and be known for our entertainment.”

Upcoming concerts – which are for invited VIP casino players only – include The Marshall Tucker Band on Jan. 26 and Foghat on Feb. 25.

The Spinners perform for an enthusiastic crowd Jan. 12, 2022, at the Seminole Casino Brighton. (Photo Beverly Bidney)

From the stage, The Spinners told the crowd their music was meant for dancing and encouraged fans to get up and move. Many took the suggestion to heart and were on their feet for the entire concert.

“We aren’t too familiar with the band,” said Diane Smith, who attended the concert with a few other tribal members. “We were told the music was like Motown and came out to see them.”

Some of the fans have attended numerous Spinners concerts. Ellen Auld, Celia Alessandro and Diane Tartaglia came from Orlando for the concert and have seen the band several times around the state and the country. The friends follow the group and saw them the previous night at the Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee.

A group of tribal members arrived early for The Spinners outdoor concert Jan. 12, 2022, at the Seminole Casino Brighton. (Photo Beverly Bidney)

“We drove to Bethesda, Maryland, once for a show,” Alessandro said. “They are so entertaining and are the nicest, most humble gentlemen you’ll ever meet.”

A brother and sister with their spouses drove two hours from Melbourne to see the Spinners.

“We left work early to be here,” Robert Byron said. “We are fans, but this is our first time seeing them live.”

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect the attendance guidelines for the upcoming concerts.

The Spinners perform for an enthusiastic crowd Jan. 12, 2022, at the Seminole Casino Brighton. (Photo Beverly Bidney)
Fans line up at the Seminole Casino Brighton to enter the outdoor concert grounds for The Spinners performance Jan. 12, 2022. (Photo Beverly Bidney)
Sandy Billie Jr. enjoys The Spinners, who are pictured onstage behind him Jan. 12, 2022, at Seminole Casino Brighton. (Photo Beverly Bidney)
The Spinners perform Jan. 12, 2022, in an outdoor concert at the Seminole Casino Brighton. (Photo Beverly Bidney)
Teri Catalano Leavengood, from Parrish, and Leisa Lautner, from Apollo Beach, take a selfie of themselves in the crowd before The Spinners concert began Jan. 12, 2022, at Seminole Casino Brighton. (Photo Beverly Bidney)
Super Spinners fans Diane Tartaglia, Ellen Auld and Celia Alessandro, from Orlando, were among the first to get into the concert grounds to see The Spinners in an outdoor concert at Seminole Casino Brighton on Jan. 12, 2022. (Photo Beverly Bidney)
The Spinners perform Jan. 12, 2022, at the Seminole Casino Brighton. (Photo Beverly Bidney)
Booths with food, snacks and drinks were available for The Spinners concert Jan. 12, 2022, at the Seminole Casino Brighton. The area opened about an hour before show time, so people had plenty of time to satisfy their appetites. (Photo Beverly Bidney)
The Spinners perform Jan. 12, 2022, in an outdoor concert at the Seminole Casino Brighton. (Photo Beverly Bidney)
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Beverly Bidney
Beverly Bidney has been a reporter and photographer for The Seminole Tribune since 2012. During her career, she has worked at various newspapers around the country including the Muskogee Phoenix in Oklahoma, Miami Herald, Associated Press, USA Today and other publications nationwide. A NAJA award winning journalist, she has covered just about everything over the years and is an advocate for a strong press. Contact her at beverlybidney@semtribe.com.
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