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Southern rockwill rule for Toler benefit

The Bradenton Municipal Auditorium will be shaking to some good ol’ Southern rock Saturday beginning at 6 p.m.

The Outlaws and legendary guitarist “Dangerous” Dan Toler headline the “Celebration of Life,” a benefit for Dan’s brother, Bradenton’s “Frankie” David Toler, former drummer for Dickey Betts & Great Southern, Marshall Tucker, Gregg Allman and the Allman Brothers bands.

Frankie is recovering from November organ transplant surgery.

Among the performers will be Gwen Fogt’s All-Star Band, John “Smoke from a Distant Fire” Townsend, Nashville’s Johnny Hiland Band, Michael Allman, Bradenton’s own Billy Rice, and Chaz Trippy, a percussionist with the Gregg Allman Band and Gumbo Boogie Band.

Russ Albums, a popular DJ back in the day with 102.5 FM Classic Rock, and WCTQ’s Maverick Johnson will emcee.

Tickets are available in advance at Hooters, 4908 14th St. W., or at the door at Bradenton Auditorium, 1005 Barcarrota Blvd.

Visit for details.

Or call Marsha Toler at 465-2467.

n Uh, oh! Robyn Golabek hit the Big 5-0!

Now a patient advocate for Manatee County, the birthday girl was the well known owner of Robyn’s Nest gardening gift shop on 75th Street and Manatee Avenue before the economy closed her doors.

Cheers from parents Clair and Corbin Peters, husband Al and Libby, Terri and Tim.

n The MHS Baseball Boosters hold their 10th annual Hurricanes Baseball Steakout and Reunion 5 p.m. Feb. 6 at Molter Termite & Pest Control, 5306 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

Call Dan Molter at 747-8525, Hurricane baseball coach Dwayne Strong at 725-2293 or LandMark Bank’s Bruce Braithwaite at 954-5105.

The annual alumni game is 1 p.m. Feb. 7 at G.T. Bray park.

n LRHS Mustang cheerleader Kellie Evans is 18.

n Ditto for Marching Mustang clarinetist Nyssa Fulton.

n That wily ol’ stork made another trip for Alison and Neshawn Smith.

They named son Anthony’s new sister, Leilani.

n Oh, no! David Stephenson is about to hit the Big 6-0! The milestone lands on him Saturday.

Cheers from Ola, David Jr., Toni, Kristi, Lee and grandkids Alexa, Trey and Matthew.

n Don’t forget national anthem auditions at McKechnie Field, 1611 Ninth St. W., Bradenton, at 10 a.m. Jan. 31.

Call the Pirates’ Ryan Taylor at 747-3031, ext. 4354, for more details.

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