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Jun. 16, 2019
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Premier Neil Diamond band honors veterans on Nov. 9

By Pamela A. Keene
In honor of Veterans Day, the Cherry Cherry Band brings its Neil Diamond Tribute to The Venue at Friendship Springs in Flowery Branch on Friday, November 9. Admission is $25 per person.
Steve Kelly, who has been performing the singer’s music since 2005, and his 9-piece Cherry Cherry band perform across the country, from the Pacific Northwest to the Southeast, doing 75 to 100 shows a year in concert halls, benefits, corporate events, casinos, outdoor venues and private parties. 
“People just love his music, it’s classic,” Kelly said. “I’m always amazed the broad appeal of Neil’s music, and we always have three generations in our audiences – grandparents, parents and children.“ 
Kelly’s Cherry Cherry Band exactly replicates the charts sung by Diamond, with trumpet, horn  and saxophone players, horn players, keyboards, acoustic and electric guitar, bass and percussion.
“Neil’s music really speaks to people, and the songs he has written are truly stories of his life, except for ‘Shiloh,’” he said. “My show is approved by Neil – I’ve met his manager – but I wouldn’t even begin to try and fill his shoes.
“Music is my passion,” he said. “And his music is so emotional; the crowd really gets into it.”
A veteran himself, having served as a marine in Beirut for four years, Kelly knows the power of music when honoring veterans. “I always save ‘Coming to America’ for the end of the show, and you can just see how much pride people have, and how glad they are to be alive. Come out to the show. You’re in for a real treat.” 
For more information about Kelly and the Cherry Cherry Band, visit For information about The Venue at Friendship Springs in Flowery Branch, visit For tickets, visit

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