(Suvan Chowdhury Photo).

(Suvan Chowdhury Photo).

Music Briefs

RiverBend plays a show next weekend; Michael Tracy talks Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn.

  • Thursday, June 3, 2021 4:31pm
  • Arts

Bluegrass, folk and old-timey county coming up

The local band RiverBend will play a show at 7 p.m. Friday, June 11.

RiverBend is a popular island band that performs bluegrass, old-time country and folk. Band members are Paul Colwell, Peter Larsen, Chuck Roehm, Dick Gordon and Mike Witmer. All have long resumed playing with groups on and off the island and even around the world.

Tickets for the in-person, limited capacity show are $15. It will also be live-streamed on the VCA website and YouTube page. Purchase tickets at vashoncenterforthearts.org 24 prior to the show.

Duke Ellington and Billy Strahorn: Talk and performance

A music history lecture and performance with Michael Tracy, “Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn: Partnership in Jazz” will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 13, at VCA.

Ellington and Strayhorn famously formed jazz’s great partnership to produce such songs as “Take the A Train”, “Lush Life” and many other famous hits.

Michael Tracy, the lecturer, will be joined by accomplished and well-traveled musicians to play Ellington and Strayhorn’s music, jazz pianist Dylan Hayes, bassist Stanley Ruvinov, and drummer Xavier Lecouturier.

Tickets to the talk and performance are $10, buy them at vashoncenterforthearts.com.This event will have in-person seating for a limited capacity in the Kay White Hall and also be live-streamed on VCA’s website and Facebook page.

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