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‘Dance Your Heart Out' with The Oxymorons on Feb. 14

How often do you get to check out a great band, spend some quality time with your main squeeze and save the world–all in one night?

Thats the opportunity The Oxymorons–a band made up of Austin Peay faculty and one alum–are offering from 6:30-10 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 14, during their Dance Your Heart Out gig at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
How often do you get to check out a great band, spend some quality time with your main squeeze and save the world—all in one night?

That's the opportunity The Oxymorons—a band made up of Austin Peay faculty and one alum—are offering from 6:30-10 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 14, during their “Dance Your Heart Out” gig at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

The band features Dr. Mickey Wadia, professor of English, on keyboards, Dr. Tim Winters, associate professor of Greek and Latin, on drums, Dr. Stanley Yates, professor of music, on guitar, and bassist Ray Carroll, a 1981 Austin Peay grad.

The Oxymorons (formerly known as The Impecunious Few) came together three years ago after a party at Winters' house. “Mickey Wadia and I were playing and decided that we were having way too much fun,” says Winters. “We both played in bands when we were younger and have been in bands since then from time to time. Stanley joined us last summer; it's a real pleasure to play with him. Ray came to us in the fall.”

He adds, “We are most definitely a dance band. We play music from the 50s to the 70s, with an emphasis on late 50s and 60s material, and we expect that anyone who comes will be there to dance.”

As for saving the world, the show is a Valentine's Day benefit concert for the church's annual medical mission to Haiti. Winters is president of the mission; Dr. Matthew Kenney, assistant professor of political science, is vice president. According to Winters, the mission is part of the Parish Twinning Program, which pairs parishes in the United States with parishes in Third World countries.

Every winter, parish volunteers from Clarksville travel to Haiti to offer medical treatment to people who rarely have the chance to see a doctor. They provide aid to sick and injured Haitians who've waited up to a year to be seen, as well as malnourished babies and children and those with infectious diseases rarely seen in the states, like malaria and tuberculosis.

“It's a great cause,” says Winters. “We would love to have as many people as possible pack that hall.”

Check out The Oxymorons from 6:30 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 14, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church's Family Life Center, Seventh and Franklin, Clarksville. Admission is $10, including food and drink.
—Rebecca Mackey