Here's some news that's gonna make ya wanna shout. FloydFest is doing it up in Salem for the holiday season, with what it expects will be an annual event.

The Big Chill: A FloydFest Ball, will feature vintage soul/funk/R&B masters The Isley Brothers, who are on their 60th anniversary tour. Contemporary funksters Turkuaz, and Lynchburg's own Funkadelic-inspired band, Tony Camm & the Funk Allstars, round out the Dec. 7 bill.

Limited pre-sale general admission tickets, at $50, go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday via — use the code “CHILL.” Starting 10 a.m. Friday, general admission tickets are $65 at the civic center's box office, or G.A tix will be $80 day of show, if they aren't sold out.

A VIP Admission Package — which includes early entry, preferred parking, a private entrance, VIP Lounge (featuring a live stream during the show), an exclusive bar, light hors d’oeuvres, VIP-only restrooms and ticket giveaways for FloydFest 2020 — are $150 and available at 10 a.m. Friday at the outlets listed above.

This might be the key thing to know about The Isley Brothers: Little Richard inducted the act into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. If you've got the Penniman seal of approval, that's all you need, right? Jimi Hendrix once played guitar in the band, and Ernie Isley has carried that mantle.

Ernie Isley and founding member Ronald Isley, the act's lead singer, front the group. "Twist & Shout," "Shout," "It's Your Thing" and "That Lady" are among many singles that helped define eras of pop music. Hip-hop fans have heard the band sampled hundreds of times, by acts including Jay-Z, Biggie Smalls, Tupac, Public Enemy and Kendrick Lamar

Turkuaz, which has played FloydFest, this year's Rooster Walk, Lockn' and a Martin's Downtown show, is one of the funkiest outfits on the road, always worth catching.

Tony Camm & the Funk Allstars, who played The Spot on Kirk in late April, have been doing gigs including the Rockin' to Lockn' contest with FloydFest creative director Kris Hodges' band, Chupacabras. The band covers Parliament Funkadelic and puts funky interpretations to Grateful Dead songs, among other set list aspects, according to a news release from Across the Way Productions, which is putting on the show. 

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For the past decade, Tad Dickens has been writing about music. For now, it remains sunshine and rainbows.

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