One of the real pleasures of the season is to listen to live music outdoors on a balmy summer evening. Winters Friends of the Library invites everyone to enjoy the 20th season of free Summer Concerts at the Gazebo on Thursday evenings in July, 7:00–8:30 p.m. at the Rotary Park Gazebo, Main Street at Railroad Avenue in Winters.
The series will kick off on July 6 with the Don Gato Latin Band. The Sacramento-based quintet plays vibrant Cuban music in the style of the Buena Vista Social Club—salsa, cha cha cha, and the Cuban son, along with some Top 40 classics with a tropical Latin beat. Learn more at dongatolatinband.com.
July 13 will bring Big B and his Snakeoil Saviors, specializing in swing and jazz with a western feel. Inspired by the great music of the 40’s and 50’s, the Bay Area band features a hard-swinging rhythm section, a blazing horn section, boogie woogie piano, Western-style pedal steel guitar, a sassy chanteuse and yodeler-in-chief Big B. You can sample some tunes at CD Baby.
On July 20, Los Tres de Winters will present an evening of Norteño-style music, with accordion, bajo sexto, and bass. This lively music is a hybrid of Mexican and Spanish vocal traditions with waltzes and polkas brought to Mexico by Czech and German immigrants in the mid-nineteenth century. It evolved in the north of Mexico and is now a favorite style throughout the western U.S. Check them out on YouTube.
The series concludes on July 27 with Armstrong, Cary & MacGill playing hot swing from the 1920s, 30s, and 40s. Casey MacGill plays boogie-woogie piano, blows jazz cornet, and burns it up on a six-string tenor ukulele. He has been singing and playing for over 40 years, with a substantial career in Los Angeles and extensive tours through Europe. He will be joined by Winters’ own Robert Armstrong and Keith Cary, outstanding multi-instrumentalists who can really swing. Learn more at caseymacgill.com.
Invite your friends and neighbors, bring a blanket or lawn chairs or sit on the grass, sip a cool drink, and enjoy some fine live music on a summer evening. The concerts are free, but donations will be gratefully accepted. Winters Friends of the Library will have delicious refreshments for sale, and all proceeds will support the Winters Library. For more information, contact Keith Cary at (530) 795-3173 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit wfol.org. This year’s concert series is co-sponsored by Waste Management.