Band wins best of show at event

The Jeff Raines Band walked away with the Best of Show award Thursday night at the Shine the Spotlight on Me talent show at Kamiakin High School in Kennewick.

The seven-member band had the audience screaming its approval after the announcement was made by the masters of ceremonies -- KC Rosencrans, lead singer for The Shades, and former Miss Tri-Cities Jerrica Fowler.

Kaylie McClure, a junior at Kamiakin High, won the vocal category and Josh Rodriguez won the dance category. In the group category, the Too Legitimate to Quitmate took the top honor. Gavin Dunn, a 13-year-old singer and pianist, won the vocal/instrumental category.

But it was the rockin' Raines band that ruled the night and won the $200 prize. When the band was introduced, Rosencrans joked that Jeff Raines was single and looking.

Raines, who plays keyboards, has all the charm to be the band leader, but that doesn't seem to attract the ladies as easily, quipped his bandmates.

"I don't know why they say that," Raines said with a smirk.

The rest of the Jeff Raines Band includes Ben Ostby, 18, the guitarist and vocalist; Albany Reiboldt, 18, guitar and vocals; Taylor Edwards, 18, drummer; Emery Boehnke, 18, accordion; Garrett Dunn, 17, guitarist; and Colton Spriggle, 18, on bass. All are from Kennewick.

The Jeff Raines Band will perform again later this year at First Night Tri-Cities.

There was plenty of talent competing at the show, including guest performers Miss Tri-Cities Halle Goodwin and her court as well as Miss Tri-Cities Outstanding Teen Tayler Plunkett and her court.

Rosencrans wrapped up the evening with a sultry rendition of Alannah Myles' Black Velvet.

-- Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; doneal@tricityherald.com