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March 28, 2013

Muskogee duo ready for the big time

Swon Brothers take to the stage at Fort Gibson this weekend

— By Leilani Roberts Ott

Phoenix Correspondent

Colton Swon has no memory of life before singing and playing music with his older brother, Zach, he said.

Now presenting their music as The Swon Brothers, the duo will perform at 9 p.m. today and Saturday on the 3 Rivers Tavern stage at the Cherokee Casino in Fort Gibson. The casino opened in December with some construction still under way outside the 28,500 square foot building. The stage is above the bar and can be viewed from most of the game floor and restaurant. There are 500 games on the floor, said Darla June McCarter Miley, marketing supervisor at Cherokee Casino in Fort Gibson and Tahlequah. Live entertainment is being presented on the stage from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. every Friday and Saturday free.

Miley, of Tahlequah, has been a fan of The Swon Brothers for a while. Zach did an acoustic show singing and playing his guitar at the Cherokee Casino in Tahlequah. When Zach and Colton came to a Tahlequah show, she was so impressed that they took time to talk with a family that had two girls who wanted to meet them.

“Those boys were so sweet,” Miley said. “They talked with the girls and the family. They are the guys next door — God loving. It’s hard to find young men like them today.”

They started singing in church with their parents, Kelly and Tammy Swon. They play several instruments, write their own music and play for events across several states. They have made several trips and Nashville working in the music industry. Colton made the top 48 for “American Idol” on Fox several years ago. According to social media, the brothers have auditioned for “The Voice” on NBC which airs at 7 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays. In the premiere on Monday, the brothers along with what looks like their parents can be seen standing and sitting on a bench in the background as a singer walks through to go on stage. Their Facebook pages let people know they auditioned and encourages them to tune in to see how they did.

Ronald Boren, curator for the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Muskogee, played percussion with them for a concert in Wagoner last year. He’s known them since they were small children.

“They got good DNA from their parents,” Boren said.

Lisa Wade Raasch of Muskogee heard The Swon Brothers perform at a casino in Miami.

“People were more interested in them than our reunion,” she said. “They do music relevant to what people want to hear. They will continue to make Muskogee proud.”

If you go

WHAT: The Swon Brothers in concert.

WHEN: 9 p.m. today and Saturday.

WHERE: Cherokee Casino in Fort Gibson.

COST: Free, must be 21 and over.

ENTERTAINMENT LINEUP: See “Nightspots” listing under Things to Do, which starts on Page 2C.

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