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Long Beach, California (4/11/08) – Catch the sweet sounds of summer in the tranquil gardens of Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site during the 2008 Rancho Summer Concert Series. The concert series will be bringing a variety of musical styles that are sure to entertain guests of all ages. This four-concert series is free to all and will feature solid rhythms by the Wartime Radio Revue, the smooth jazz ballads of Lauren Koval, the big band music of Sharp Sounds, and folk songs of the Great Depression by singer/songwriter, Ross Altman.
Kicking off the series will be one of the most popular local swing bands in southern California, the Wartime Radio Revue, performing on Sunday, July 13. Dance away to such hits as "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" and "Chattanooga Choo-Choo" as they intersperse the hits of the thirties and forties into their performance. Listening to this band is like taking a time machine back to a World War Two U.S.O show. Add that to their "armed-forces style" khaki-colored uniforms, and it’s all there!
Transition from the swinging beats of the Wartime Radio Revue to Lauren Koval as she takes the stage on Thursday, July 31. "Vocalist Lauren Koval is one of the better singers of classical Jazz today", says LA Jazz Scene. Her graceful and elegant performance and striking stage presence will captivate audiences from the first note through the last.
Big Band music is back as Sharp Sounds takes listeners into the tradition of Basie, Ellington, Shaw and other jazz greats on Sunday, August 10. This 8-piece jazz band will make you want to put on your dancing shoes and swing to their lively sounds. Ending the series, on Thursday, August 21, singer/songwriter Ross Altman will embody the tradition of Woody Guthrie, whose influence was immense as he influenced folk singers that graced the Greenwich Village coffee shops – Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, and Tom Rush. To uphold Guthrie’s musical tradition, Ross Altman will perform topical folk songs of the Great Depression--a decade of hard times and revolutionary change.
The concerts are free and open to the public and will run from 6:00-7:30 PM. Gates will open at 5:00 PM. For your own comfort, we encourage you to bring a lawn chair or blanket. Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site, in conjunction with Friends of Rancho Los Cerritos, has been presenting free neighborhood concerts as part of the museum’s dedication to fulfill its commitment to the community. The site’s educational programs and community events are committed to providing inspiration and joy for people of all ages. For more information, please contact Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site at (562) 570-1755 or visit us at www.rancholoscerritos.org.
2008 Rancho Summer Concert Series
Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site, 4600 Virginia Road, Long Beach
(located northwest of the intersection of Long Beach Boulevard and San Antonio Drive)
4 Concerts – all are from 6:00-7:30 PM (gates open at 5:00 PM)
- Sunday, July 13, 2008 – Wartime Radio Revue
- Thursday, July 31, 2008– Lauren Koval
- Sunday, August 10, 2008 – Sharp Sounds
- Thursday, August 21, 2008 – Ross Altman
The Event is Free and the museum will be open for self-guided tours during the concerts. This event is supported by Friends of rancho Los Cerritos, Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site, and the Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation, & Marine. The rancho is open to the public Wednesday-Sunday from 1-5 PM. For information, please call (562) 570-1755 or visit www.rancholoscerritos.org.
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