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Quail Unlimited provides night of entertainment

Pictured from left are Port Chuck members Bradford Anderson, Brandon Barash and Scott Reeves as they perform at Quail Unlimited’s Fox and Quail Covey Finale Saturday night at the Albany Civic Center.

Pictured from left are Port Chuck members Bradford Anderson, Brandon Barash and Scott Reeves as they perform at Quail Unlimited’s Fox and Quail Covey Finale Saturday night at the Albany Civic Center.

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Laura Williams

Bradford Anderson

ALBANY, Ga. — Quail wasn’t on the menu Saturday, but dinner was still tasty. Albany-based national organization Quail Unlimited concluded its 26th Annual Celebrity Conservation Event with an evening of dinner and entertainment featuring a plethora of musical artists.

Saturday’s concert included performances by country recording artists Ashton Shepherd, Keith Anderson, Andy Griggs, Eddie Raven and Daryl Singletary, along with the band Port Chuck, and Albany-based band Relapse.

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Laura Williams

From left, Brandon Barash and Scott Reeves

Also as part of Saturday night’s event was an auction featuring art pieces and autographed memorabilia, including a fiddle signed by Charlie Daniels. “That fiddle’s pretty cool,” Port Chuck member Brandon Barash said, “but I have too much stuff.”

Port Chuck, an ‘80s cover band comprised of “General Hospital” stars, features Barash, Bradford Anderson, Steve Burton and Scott Reeves. Burton, who was unable to attend last night’s performance, created the band in 2009. Since then, the quartet has enjoyed performing nationwide, meeting fans and expressing their shared passion for music.

Both Anderson and Barash flew into Albany on Saturday before their performance, but Reeves took part in the quail hunt earlier in the day. “It was my first time doing something like that, and I had a blast,” Reeves said. Before the band sang “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,” Reeves told the crowd, “That’s probably what my hunting partner thought he was about to do this afternoon.”

“No,” countered Barash, “that’s what the quail did.”

Nonetheless, Reeves did have success out in the field, and was looking forward to sampling some of the day’s bounty at a later time.

The sounds of Port Chuck brought Saturday night’s crowd to its feet, dancing and singing along to favorites tunes such as “Jessie’s Girl,” “Don’t Stop Believing” and “American Girl.”

As a tribute to the weekend, the band closed out its performance with a song Reeves said could have been a theme song for the quail — “Born to Run.”

Gracious and accommodating to their fans and fellow performers, the three actors enjoyed the night of fun and music, taking pictures with fans and talking about their families.

Reeves is married to “Days of Our Lives” actress Melissa Reeves, with whom he has two children. Barash is newly engaged and Anderson and his wife have a 6-month-old daughter. “I’m looking forward to her being a ‘Daddy’s girl,’ " Anderson said.

Regarding his weekend in south Georgia, Reeves said, “Everyone here this weekend has been so nice and hospitable — we’ll definitely have to come back.”

The quail may not like that idea, but the fans certainly do.

For more information about Port Chuck, visit their website at www.portchuck.com.