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WHERE: Marmet Recreation Center, 8505 MacCorkle Ave.
WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday
TICKETS: $10INFO: 304-049-9692
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Wedding bands probably have their favorite songs they play, but they also have songs they've come to loathe.
Judy Henley of Santa Cruz could do without "The Electric Slide."
"Oh, shoot me if I have to do that one again," she said and laughed. "We finally took that one off the set list. You have to pay us to get that one."
Of course, Henley probably wouldn't have to sing that one, even if somebody requested it. For the last seven years, she's worked primarily behind the scenes for the party band. She left the state and moved to a beachside town in South Carolina, but she keeps up with the business end of the band.
"I just did taxes for everybody," she said.
She also handles booking for the band, which includes a show Saturday at the Marmet Recreation Center, and keeps everybody talking.
"Mostly, that's by email and by phone," she said.
Santa Cruz, Charleston's seminal party band, got its start 27 years ago, back when the city and the music scene were very different.
"Their used to be a lot more places to play," Henley said. "Now, there's almost no place for an eight-piece band. They just don't build the clubs with something like that in mind."
Charleston is mostly all sports bars these days, she said.
But 27 years ago, things were different.
"I had been in another band before Santa Cruz," she said. "We were together for 10 years, but then the band broke up. It was just gone, but the leader of that band had all these [scheduled] jobs."