Thursday, July 28, 2011

Tedeschi Trucks Band in Atlanta, AU Music Department Farewells, More

Tedeschi Trucks, Dirty Dozen and Cirque Come to Atlanta

On Saturday (7/30) at the Delta Classic Chastain Ampitheater in Atlanta, the Tedeschi Trucks Band will play. Here's the event page. I don't follow the Tedeschi Trucks Band, but they got my attention when I was looking into Atlanta drummer Yonrico Scott who played at the Alex City Jazz Festival in June (post). Scott had played with the Derek Trucks Band in 2009 when it won a Grammy.

Tedeschi is Susan Tedeschi, Trucks's wife, nominated for a Grammy that same year for her own album. Trucks may be best known playing co-lead guitar with the Allman Brothers Band. He and Tedeschi have come together for this project, and it sounds pretty good. I'm not a huge fan of bluesy rock bands, but I like a good song, and I like to hear a band with great musicians playing whatever.

I'm actually listening to the band's album, Revelator, right now, and I think they would kill in Auburn. We seem to be all about blues and rock bands and singer-songwriters. I love Trucks's guitar sound. I don't have the background to write about it well, but I'll call it polished vintage. It makes me think of Robert Johnson. If I had more readers, I think I would feel some of them rolling their eyes right now.

The band includes the Burbridge brothers, Oteil and Kofi. You can hear Kofi playing flute and keys on the Yonrico Scott track I embedded in that Alex City post. Both groove very, very hard. Very hard. The album does not let them stretch out too much, but I would expect the live show to be a lot more free, considering the talents of not just these brothers, but of all of the musicians.

Also on the band is saxophonist Kebbi Williams. Here's a YouTube video of him (or someone with the same name who also plays the saxophone) playing the crap out of "Oleo" in Atlanta. Does he live there? I don't have time to research right now. Drummer JJ Johnson is on the band and others. It's a big band. Here's the Tedeschi Truck Band website. It will share the stage that night with New Orleans's legendary (too strong?) Dirty Dozen Brass Band (website).

Also on Saturday (7/30) Cirque du Soleil comes to the Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre in Atlanta to perform with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Here's the event page for Cirque de la Symphonie.


Auburn Jazz and AU Music Farewells

Alto saxophonist Coleman Woodson, Jr., from Montgomery will headline Friday (7/29) at Piccolo from 8-11. Then Saturday will be Kenyon Carter (website and good clip video), a saxophonist from Atlanta and a regular player at the club. Ariccia should have their weekly jazz brunch going this Sunday (7/31), 11 AM - 2 PM. I'm checking on players.

UPDATE: Brunch players will be pianist Coleman Woodson, III; bassist Sidney Simmons Patrick Bruce on guitar; and drummer David Zuwiyya.

Russell Haight, jazz and saxophone instructor about whom I have raved on several occasions, has left Auburn. He will start a teaching job at Texas State University in Austin, which was his home before moving here. I am sad to see him go, but am thankful for what he has done to jump start the jazz program at AU. A new jazz/sax instructor will likely be named in the next couple of weeks.

Also, piano instructor Henning Vauth tells me that he will be going to Marshall University in West Virginia where he'll be Assistant Professor of Piano and Coordinator of the Keyboard Area. Thanks to both you guys for sharing your music with us here on the plains and godspeed. 


Jazz in Columbus and Montgomery

Friday (7/29) at The Loft in Columbus, The Solar Quintet will perform. Here's it's cdbaby page with some audio samples. Personnel is Fred Ezekiel on alto sax, David Johnston on bass, Elwood Madeo on guitar, Donald Tipton on piano and David Morgan on drums.

And again on Sunday night (7/31), 1048 Jazz and Blues in Montgomery will host its weekly jazz jam.



Coming up...

Auburn
8/4 - Jane Drake Trio at Piccolo
8/5-6 - Jazz at Piccolo
8/7 - Jazz brunch at Ariccia
8/15 - Auburn Community Orchestra auditions

Montgomery, Columbus, Lagrange
8/5 - The Bill Perry Trio at The Loft (Columbus)
8/7 - Sunday jazz jam at 1048 Jazz and Blues (Montgomery)
8/14 - Columbus Jazz Society hosts pianist Tyrone Jackson
9/10 - LaGrange Symphony Orchestra auditions
9/29 - "Weird Al" Yankovic at the Montgomery Performing Arts Center

Atlanta
8/5 - 11-year-old Jackie Evancho sings with ASO
8/12 - Bela Fleck and the Flektones at Delta Classic Chastain Park Ampitheater
8/14 - Michael O'Neal Singers perform Bach to Broadway at Roswell UMC (Atlanta)
8/16 - Big Bad Voodoo Daddy with the ASO at Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre
8/2 - 8/30 - Auditions for The Michael O'Neal Singers
8/9, 8/11 - Atlanta Sacred Chorale auditions

Tonight: Jane Drake at Piccolo, Israel Philharmonic at Montgomery Rave

I only have a minute to make a quick post about tonight's events. The Jane Drake Trio is back at Piccolo for her regular Thursday gig. I heard a lot of Jane at the Auburn Knights Alumni reunion this past weekend and am liking her more and more. They will play from 8-11.

Also, in Montgomery at 7:00 PM, Fathom Events is bringing to Rave Motion Pictures the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra Live with Zubin Mehta Featuring Renee Fleming and Joseph Calleja. That's Fathom's promotional video for the event embedded in this post. Get tickets here.

Have fun. I'll post More about the next few days maybe later tonight.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Eighty-one Years

It's too late to be writing anything, as the boys will be up in about 5 hours, but I thought I'd try to get a thought or two out about the 2011 Auburn Knights reunion before I go to bed and then put off writing about it for too long to do anything.

This is the first year that I've been significantly vested in the alumni group. I heard most of the bands, played on three including the 30s Era Band, talked to a lot of people, stayed until the end both nights, and I'm on the board now.

I kind of feel like I did when I was in Rome a few years ago, looking at the columns of the Pantheon. My brain was having trouble. It was trying to wrap itself around the idea that a man-made thing could be that big. It was something about the weight of the columns, or how ridiculously long they've been around, or that someone not too different from me was right there building the damn things with his hands.

Except for a few years when they closed the store on account of the Nazis, this band has been going continuously for eighty-one years.

It is exactly as old as swing.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Knights Reunion Late-Night Jams, Jazz at Piccolo and The Loft, More

I've already posted about the Auburn Knights Alumni Association reunion going on right now and through Saturday (7/23). At right is a video from last year's (2010) reunion. It's one of the late (late) night jam sessions at the hotel that happen throughout the nights of the weekend. Anyone can come out to hear them. Just go out to the Auburn Opelika Marriott at Grand National and wander around. You'll find at least one. This one was recorded by guitarist Jonathan Harms. Personnel are Rick Bell on tenor sax, Khari Lee on alto sax, Sonny Harris on drums, Sidney Simmons on bass, Mary Sue ? on piano and both Patrick Bruce and Harms on guitar. Anyone know who the trumpet player is? Bass?


Other Jazz in Auburn

Despite the competition, Piccolo is continuing its weekly jazz with Atlanta saxophonists Taylor Kennedy (Friday, 7/22) and Kenyon Carter (Saturday, 7/23). Both nights go from 8-11. Jazz in two venues for two days in a row almost looks like a real scene. Way to go, A-O!

I'm not sure who's playing Sunday, but Ariccia usually has a jazz brunch from 11-2.


Jazz and Cinema Opera in Columbus and Montgomery 

The Pershounin Project is a group I'd like to hear, and they play Friday night (7/23) at The Loft in Columbus. Alex Pershounin is the bass player and jazz instructor at Columbus State University. Personnel in his group will be saxophonist Amy Griffiths, guitarist Trey Wright and drummer Paul Vaillancourt.

Montgomery's 1048 Jazz and Blues will have its weekly jazz jam on Sunday from 9:30 PM - 12:30 AM.

On Wednesday (7/27), Rave Motion Pictures in Montgomery will show Verdi's opera Don Carlo from The Met's simulcast series. You can get tickets online by going to movietickets.com's page for this showing. This may be the last opera or ballet simulcast we'll see until October if the theaters decide to continue. In a previous post, I've listed ways to give feedback to the participating theaters. Of course, as soon as I write that, I see that Rave will be showing another event next Thursday and others beyond that from other series. I'll try to find out about Auburn's Carmike.


Coming up...

Auburn
7/28 - Jane Drake Trio at Piccolo
7/29 - Jazz at Piccolo 7/30 - Kenyon Carter at Piccolo
7/31 - Jazz brunch at Ariccia
8/15 - Auburn Community Orchestra auditions

Montgomery, Columbus, Lagrange
7/28 - Israel Philharmonic Orchestra simulcast at Rave Motion Pictures (Montgomery)
7/29 - Solar Quintet at The Loft (Columbus)
7/31 - Sunday jazz jam at 1048 Jazz and Blues (Montgomery)
9/10 - LaGrange Symphony Orchestra auditions

Atlanta
7/30 - Cirque de la Symphonie with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
7/30 - Tedeschi Trucks Band and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band at Delta Classic Chastain Park Ampitheater
8/12 - Bela Fleck and the Flektones at Delta Classic Chastain Park Ampitheater
8/9, 8/11 - Atlanta Sacred Chorale auditions

Auburn Knights Alumni will Swing for Three Nights in Auburn, Opelika

This Friday and Saturday nights (7/22-23) at the Auburn Opelika Marriott Hotel and Conference Center (map) the Auburn Knights Alumni Association will host its 54th reunion celebrating the Auburn Knights Orchestra, founded 81 years ago in 1930. Concerts start each night at 7:00 PM and are open to the public. Cost is $10 nightly. Tonight (Thursday, 7/21) from 8-11 PM, the Jane Drake Trio will host the Auburn Knights Jazz Jam at Piccolo featuring some of the players who will be at the reunion.

My next post has more about this event.

When I was in high school, the shining band upon a hill was the Auburn Knights Orchestra, a stage band made up of mainly Auburn University students and run by same, though unaffiliated with AU. To me and many other of my fellow students in the Auburn High School band program, they personified jazz (as we knew it), possessed dominion over the eighth note, and exuded coolness. It was, somehow, a regularly gigging 16-member 1940s style swing band of teenagers and 20-somethings.

AHS head band director Tommy Goff was a 1950s Knights alum. He did a spectacular job inspiring us kids to swing in the school's own big band class. But in no way could we duplicate the effortless playing and distinct cohesiveness displayed by the AKO. And they could blow, too; easily half a dozen of the players could improvise well. To us, they were on the same level as Miles and Trane and the band as tight as Basie's. Of course, we were young and didn't know any better. But even in reality, the band's musicianship must have rivaled that of seasoned groups of the same makeup and regional scope. I can say for certain that they at least outplayed AU's own big band.

For the last 81 years, minus a few during the second world war, the band has helped to produce a few well known international jazz artists, a few more great players with their own projects and serious international credits as sidemen, regional stars, and scores of hard-working professional musicians and educators. This is not to forget those who have followed non-musical paths and are now great listeners and fans. The Auburn Opelika Marriott Hotel and Conference Center at Grand National is, from this moment and until Saturday night, a gravitational hub for this community. Do you feel the pull?


What to Expect

In a nutshell, come out to hear four hours of big-band music each of Friday and Saturday nights for $10 cover per night. The Auburn Knights Alumni Association is the event's organizer. Starting at 7:00 on both nights, seven decade-focused reunion bands from the 1930s to the 2000s will perform, with the 70s and 80s combined in one band. The current Knights will close the event at 10:00 PM on Saturday night.

Each band will include alums from its decade, though 91-year-old Charlie Higgins will actually be the only one from the original 30s band to play. Alumni players share their talents across almost all the bands to help round out personnel. Friends of the Auburn Knights Alumni Association who were never formally AKO members, perform as well. These are regional players who support the idea of people getting together to play good music for an enthusiastic audience.

Below I've listed some of the players who will be there, and I'll update this post as I learn more. Right now, I'm late putting out some signs. See you there.


The Players

The 30s Band will include in its set what Higgins, its leader and the event's coordinator, told me was called a 3-2-1 band. This is the original instrumentation of the Knights when it was formed in 1930. The group is tuba, banjo, drums, 3 saxes, 2 trumpets and 1 trombone. It will play a few stock arrangements from way back. For some local color, we'll hear vocalist Jane Drake, pianist Jonathan Lynn and I'll be on 2nd alto (or 3rd sax to the old timers). Also, guitarist Patrick Bruce may be playing the banjo on the 3-2-1 charts.

UPDATE: He won't. Also, I am loving listening to the solos of tenor saxophonist Walt Hines who just got off the road with the Russ Morgan Orchestra. He was also the original founder of the Recreators, a big band in Montgomery. His improv vocabulary is so authentically right from that period. And we're doing a very cool arrangement of "My Funny Valentine." Jane sings it great.

The 40s band will be fronted by great Atlanta-area saxophonist Bob Greenhaw and will include saxophonist and arranger Everett Lawler who founded Birmingham's SuperJazz Big Band.

The 50s band, led this year by Al Norman, is usually adorned with another Atlanta heavy, saxophonist Rick Bell, but I still need to confirm his attendance this year. A couple years back, Bell played the most beautiful version of "My One and Only Love" that I have ever heard live.

UPDATE: I just left the beginning of the 50s Era Band's rehearsal and they sounded awesome. Also, Bell won't be at the reunion this year. In fact, I heard a rumor that he's stopped playing altogether to focus on his visual art pursuits.

Led by former Gadsden mayor Steve Means, the 60s band is always a hard swinging group.

Atlanta-area trombonist and educator Fritz Siler will lead the 70s/80s band. It will feature several great players including New Orleans pianist Victor Atkins, III (Not. See note below). He is known as "Brother" to the Knights community and "Red" to New Orleans folks (I never even had one nickname), Atkins has played extensively with Delfeayo Marsalis and has recorded and performed with the New Orleans based latin group Los Hombres Calientes. He appeared on the 2010 Grammy-award-winning CD Book One by Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. Nashville producer and sweet-sounding saxophonist John Conner is a regular on the 70s/80s band, and Major Bailey formerly of the Army's Jazz Ambassadors will play bass trombone. I'll hold down the 2nd tenor (4th sax, old timers) book.

UPDATE: For some reason, Atkins decided to go to Brazil with Delfeayo instead of coming to Auburn to entertain me. But this band is sounding really nice. Jeff Jones sounds great on drums, and the trumpet section is tight. Plus, you've got to come hear Dorsey Ketcham sing. Wow.

The 90s group is led by Montgomery trombonist Wade Johnson, a very capable player, and is full of band directors and music teachers, some local. Mark Belfast is studying music education in the doctoral program at Florida State University and will play trumpet (lead, I think). Patrick Bruce, who performs around here a lot, will play guitar and I'll be on lead tenor.

UPDATE: This is a very good band. We'll be opening with Duke Ellington's "Main Stem," an amazing chart. Ketcham sings with this group, too, and the 2000s band.

Belfast will also lead the 2000s band.


The Schedule

Friday Night (July 22, 2011)
7:00 - 40s Era Band
8:00 - 90s Era Band
9:00 - 60s Era Band
10:00 - 70s/80s Era Band

Saturday Night (July 23, 2011)
7:00 - 30s Era Band
8:00 - 2000s Era Band
9:00 - 50s Era Band
10:00 - Current Auburn Knights Orchestra

Monday, July 18, 2011

Competing Hi-Def High-Art and the End of the Simulcast Season

I wanted to complete the halfway-done Thursday-to-Wednesday event post from last week. The only two things I left off (besides who was actually playing on the jazz shows I mentioned...hey, I was at the beach) were the ballet and opera simulcasts this Wednesday night (7/20).

First, here in Auburn, we have an encore showing of the José Martinez ballet, Children of Paradise (photo at right is from the production and is courtesy of Emerging Pictures), with music by Marc-Olivier Dupin. It was recorded at the Paris Opera. I mentioned the live showing earlier this month in another post which has more about the production. It will play at 7:30 PM at the Carmike Wynnsong 16. Here is the Fandango page to get tickets online. Here is the website of Ballet in Cinema which is part of Emerging Pictures, the firm that provides Carmike Cinemas with these great productions.

If you prefer your high-art movie-theater simulcast on Wednesday night to be Italian opera rather than French ballet, then you're in luck. In Montgomery, Rave Motion Pictures will be showing Puccini's Tosca at 6:30 PM. This is from the series called The Met: Live in HD put on by the New York Metropolitan Opera. Here is The Met's website for the Summer showings which currently has more information about Tosca. For tickets to this one, go to this movietickets.com page to purchase online.

We are at or near the end of both of these series until October. The Rave will do one more on July 27 (Verdi's Don Carlo), but I'm not sure what will happen after that. If you want to put in your support of these productions coming through to our communities, then you can go to the theater companies' websites and offer feedback. Here is the feedback page for Carmike, and here is the contact page for Rave.


Coming up...

Auburn
7/21 - Auburn Knights Alumni Jazz Jam at Piccolo (Auburn)
==> 7/22-23 - Auburn Knights Alumni Association Reunion at Opelika Marriott <==
7/22 - Taylor Kennedy at Piccolo
7/23 - Kenyon Carter at Piccolo
7/24 - Jazz brunch at Ariccia (Auburn)
8/15 - Auburn Community Orchestra auditions

Montgomery, Columbus, Lagrange
7/23 - The Pershounin Project at The Loft (Columbus)
7/24 - Sunday jazz jam at 1048 Jazz and Blues (Montgomery)
7/27 - Verdi's Don Carlo at Rave Motion Pictures (Montgomery)
9/10 - LaGrange Symphony Orchestra auditions

Atlanta
7/30 - Cirque de la Symphonie with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
7/30 - Tedeschi Trucks Band and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band at Delta Classic Chastain Park Ampitheater
8/12 - Bela Fleck and the Flektones at Delta Classic Chastain Park Ampitheater
8/9, 8/11 - Atlanta Sacred Chorale auditions

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Casablanca with Live Score in Atlanta, Jazz at AU Hotel, More

Here's a half-post about upcoming events. I'm otherwise involved this week.

On Friday, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will play a live score to the 1942 classic film Casablanca. This sounds like it could be incredibly cool. Here's the event page. The event will be hosted by Ben Mankiewicz, the weekend daytime host of Turner Classic Movies.

Then on Sunday (7/17), as part of the National Black Arts Festival (I wish they would have called it something else), the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will perform Verdi, Bruch, Still and Mendelssohn at Ebeneezer Baptist Church. Performing will be violist Paul Laraia, 2011 winner of the Sphinx Competition, and Atlanta Youth Orchestra/Talent Development Program harpist Angelica Hairston. Here is the event page from ASO's website. Here is the church's contact page for directions.


Back in Auburn

On Thursday (7/14), the Jane Drake Trio returns to Piccolo. Playing with Jane will be Tom Chadwick on piano and Sidney Simmons on bass. Then on Friday (7/15) and Saturday (7/16), there will be jazz there, and Tim sent me the names, but they're stuck in a machine to which I can't get right now. Same is true of whomever is playing at the jazz brunch at Ariccia, 11-2, on Sunday (7/17).


Columbus, Montgomery
On Friday (7/15), The Lou Valley Group will perform at The Loft, 7-9 PM EST, in Columbus. Members are pianist Lou Valley, vocalist Susan Swan, saxophonist Fred Ezekiel and drummer David Morgan.

Then on Sunday, 1048 Jazz and Blues will hold its weekly Sunday jazz jam, 9:30 PM - 12:30 AM.


I plan to do another post on Sunday for the rest of these next 7 days. To see what's upcoming, look at the end of my last event post.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

More Ballet and Opera Hi-Def Simulcasts, Jazz at AU Hotel, ATL Symphony's Pop Concerts, More

On Saturday (7/9), the Paris Opera's production of the love-story ballet, Children of Paradise, will be simulcast live at the Carmike Wynnsong 16 in Auburn. The showing begins at 12:30 PM. The 2008 ballet is an adaptation of a film (same name) by director Marcel Carné. José Martinez co-adapted the production with François Russillon. Martinez is also the choreographer. The music is new, as well, and was composed by Marc-Oliver Dupin. To get tickets online, you can go to fandango.com's July-9 page for the Carmike Wynnsong 16. The cinema will show an encore of this on July 20 at 7:30 PM. The video embedded here is also an encore on this blog. There are a few on YouTube that appear to be from this very production, but they're bootleg excerpts. Someone has made a short playlist of said bootlegs.

Then next Wednesday (7/13) in Montgomery, Rave Motion Pictures will show a production from the Metropolitan Opera's series, The Met: Live in HD. This time, it will be director Laurent Pelly's production of La Fille du Régiment, a comic opera by Gaetano Donizetti. The show, an encore from 2008, starts at 6:30 PM. Click here to buy tickets. Click here for a PDF from the Met about the production.


Jazz in Auburn, Maybe Tuskegee

Thursday night (7/7) will find the Jane Drake Trio again performing at Piccolo. I caught part of the show last week, and enjoyed Jane's vocal presentation very much. She's one of those jazz singers who treats time and pitch like competing admirers. She pretends not to pay attention to them, but really they're both wrapped around her finger. AU students Jonathan Lynn on piano and Sidney Simmons on bass continue to play well, I suspect in no small part due to Jane's influence. They play 8-11. A recent post of mine included some nice audio from Jane.

I have yet to hear who is playing at Piccolo this Friday (7/8) and Saturday (7/9) nights. I will update this post when I do.

UPDATE: Now I know. Friday (7/8) will be saxophonist La'Roy Bodiford and Saturday (7/9) will be saxophonist Kenyon Carter. If you type their names in the search field above, you'll find other posts where I've embedded video of both of these very good saxophonists.

On Sunday (7/10) for Arricia's jazz brunch, returning will be Jack Dresher on bass, Joe Thomas on piano and Sam Fredericks on drums. Times are 11 AM to 2 PM.

They're not quite sure yet about jazz on Friday (7/8) at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in Tuskegee. It's been going on weekly for a while, but sometimes it doesn't happen. I'll update this post if I learn more.


Columbus, Montgomery

On Friday (7/8) at The Loft, jazz group Just Friends will perform. Members are guitarist Elwood Madeo, saxophonist Fred Ezekiel, bassist and Auburn Knights alum David Johnston and drummer David Morgan. These are four of the five members of the Columbus jazz group, Solar Quintet (cdbaby page), so it should be pretty good. Also, kudos to The Loft for putting its Friday jazz events on their online calendar, now. Some additional detail-tweaking may be in order, but I'm happy they've started. 

Sunday (7/10) in Columbus, starting at 6:00 PM EST, the Columbus Jazz Society hosts its monthly concert and jam session at the Liberty Theatre. This month, performing will be Eric Thomas featuring Elevate the Quest. There's more about the group up currently on the Society's website and a few videos on YouTube. Those playing in the 8:00 jam session after the concert do not have to pay the $10 cover.
 
Also on Sunday (7/10), 1048 Jazz and Blues in Montgomery will host its weekly jazz jam from 9:30 PM - 12:30 AM.


Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will be playing the music of 70s/80s pop group ABBA with ARRIVAL from Sweden on Friday (7/8). Here's the event page. I like this video on YouTube that looks like it was taken by one of the musicians on the stage at Red Rocks (two drum sets!). Here's ARRIVAL from Sweden's website: http://www.themusicofabba.com/. This will probably be a fun show.

Then on Saturday (7/9), the orchestra will perform with "Broadway powerhouse" Idina Menzel. She's also tony-award-winning powerhouse, film-star powerhouse, Glee-guest-star powerhouse, writes-her-own-songs powerhouse and Taye-Diggs's-baby's-momma powerhouse. Also, she's real pretty. Here's the event page, and here's an article about the event from Atlanta Intown Paper.



In the Coming Weeks...

Auburn, Opelika
7/14 - Jane Drake Trio at Piccolo (Auburn)
7/15-16 - Regional jazz stars at Piccolo (Auburn)
7/17 - Jazz Brunch at Arricia (Auburn)
7/20 - Encore of ballet, Children of Paradise, showing at Carmike Wynnsong 16 (Auburn)
7/22-23 - Auburn Knights Alumni Association Reunion at Opelika Marriott 

Columbus, Montgomery, LaGrange
7/17 - Jazz Jam at 1048 Jazz and Blues (Montgomery)
7/20 - Columbus Jazz Society presents Eric Thomas featuring Elevate the Quest   <-- error
7/20 - Puccini's Tosca at Rave Motion Pictures (Montgomery)
7/27 - Verdi's Don Carlo at Rave Motion Pictures (Montgomery)
9/10 - LaGrange Symphony Orchestra auditions

Atlanta
7/15 - Casablanca featuring live music score by Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
7/30 - Cirque de la Symphonie with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
7/30 - Tedeschi Trucks Band at Delta Classic Chastain Park Ampitheater
8/12 - Bela Fleck and the Flektones at Delta Classic Chastain Park Ampitheater
8/9, 8/11 - Atlanta Sacred Chorale holds 2011 auditions

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Beloved Alabama Bandleader Johnny Long Featured on CBS News

Johnny Long, beloved conductor of the Southeast Alabama Community Band and known best for his work at Troy University, was featured yesterday on CBS News. The band played for Opelika's Summer Swing series back in May.

The video is embedded at right. It's a CBS video, so enjoy the commercial.