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 a series of free outdoor concerts on Thursday evenings, July 2-30, 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 2 with Mededith Axelrod presenting a mix of old blues, rags, patriotic songs, and other American roots music. The San Francisco singer and multi-instrumentalist, known for her distinctive voice and vintage vocal style, searches out rare songs from 78 records and delivers them with humor and gusto, accompanied by guitar, uke, banjo, mouth trumpet, and more. Website: meredithaxelrod.com.
On July 9, 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.
July 16 will bring The Muddy Waders, with an eclectic mix of songs from Miles Davis to the Grateful Dead with Tom Waits, the Meters, and old country tunes thrown in for good measure. The Davis-based quartet features percussion, drums, lap steel, banjo, bass, electric guitar, and vocals. Website: facebook.com/muddywaders.
On July 23, The Crescent Katz will play New Orleans traditional jazz and hot swing. Made up of some of the best young musicians in Northern California, the Crescent Katz bring energy and fire to the swinging jazz music of the Crescent City. The Sacramento quintet are known for their outstanding playing on trumpet, tuba, trombone, guitar, banjo, washboard and kazoo. Website: facebook.com/CrescentKatz.
The series concludes on July 30 with Arann Harris and the Bad Farmers, playing the funkiest farm songs anywhere. The Sonoma County combo plays a high-energy and highly entertaining mix of old time blues, jazz, folk, mountain music, funk, and campfire songs, unlike anything you’ve ever heard. Website: arannharris.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. The Friends of the Library will have delicious refreshments for sale, and all proceeds will support the Winters Library.
There will also be a selection of quality used books for sale, and everyone who attends the first concert will be invited to choose a free book.
For more information, contact Keith Cary at (530) 795-3173 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
article by Diane Cary
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