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Soul Connection is the band that holds the single-show attendance record at Alive After Five. Originally formed in 1966 under the name of Soul Sanction, this nine-member group from Oak Ridge High School became one of East Tennessee’s favorite soul, blues and oldies bands. In 1968, they won the Tennessee State Battle of the Bands and competed in the National Finals in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The band broke up in the early 1970s as band members pursued education, careers, and families. Then in 1988, at the urging of their Oak Ridge classmates, they got together again to play for the 20th-year class reunion. Inspired by the success of that performance, the band stayed together and once again enjoyed great popularity. They played mostly for private functions but also opened shows by Ray Charles, B. B. King, Bobby “Blue” Bland, and James Brown. At a special “Rename the Band Party” at Alive After Five in 2006, their name was changed to Soul Connection. With their combination of keyboards, horns, guitars, and drums, blended with dynamic male and female vocals and harmonies, Soul Connection covers a wide musical spectrum of Rhythm & Blues, Soul, and dance music, all done with infectious energy and unmistakable style.