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City neighborhood centers offer summertime concerts

May 25, 2013


May 25--La Crosse's two neighborhood centers have another summer season of free music planned.

At the South Side Neighborhood Center, 1300 S. Sixth St., it will be Harmony in the Neighborhood Concert Series. The concerts are free and held inside the air-conditioned center from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursdays. Culver's of La Crosse provides a free frozen custard treat to concertgoers.

Here's the schedule:

June 6: Muddy Flats and the Hepcats present upbeat, old-time blues and swing from the 1920s to the 1940s. Performers are Dick Mial on mandolin, vocals and guitar; John Fuchs on guitar and vocals; and Trace Lawson on bass and vocals.

June 13: Grand Picnic is a string band specializing in traditional American music, most coming from the period from the Civil War to the 1920s. The music includes Irish, English, Scandinavian, as well as American roots. Band members are Dan Brodrick and Barb Dalton on fiddle, Larry Dalton on bass, Chuck Lee on mandolin, Dave Skoloda on guitar and Judd Steinback on mountain dulcimer.

June 20: The Coulee Chordsmen will showcase a chorus and a couple of quartets that will perform traditional barbershop arrangements, which include gospel, patriotic tunes, doo-wop and jazz.

June 27: We Three Twangs, La Crosse Banjo Summit, with Tom Pfaff and Paul Erickson on banjos, and Terry Grosskopf on upright string bass. The music is a crossover of bluegrass and jazz banjo styles.

July 11: A Note Above is a female a cappella barbershop quartet. The entertainers are baritone Ellen Ritger, tenor Kathy Kammel, lead Denise Kachel and bass Donna Hoffman.

July 18: The Driftless River Band performs Irish and up-tempo country music. The group consists of Tom Faella on violin, guitar and accordion; Dan Leis on bass and vocals; Greg Meeuwsen on mandolin, banjo, guitar and vocals; and Jason Gilman on guitar and vocals.

July 25: The Apple Annies are goodwill ambassadors of song for the La Crescent, Minn., Applefest. They perform a variety of different styles of songs, from show tunes to patriotic tunes.

Aug. 1: Old Fashion Oatmeal Band is Pat and Bud Becker playing traditional, sing-along cowboy and old-time selections. Bud performs on the guitar and harmonica, and Pat plays the dobro and harmonizes.

Aug. 8: String Ties blends bluegrass, old-time country, swing, gospel and folk. The acoustic quartet features Wayne Beezley on mandolin, Dan Sebranek on guitar, Larry Dalton on stand-up bass and Tom Pfaff on the five-string banjo.

Aug. 15: Prairie Smoke combines the influences of American folk and the Celtic traditions of Scottish and Irish jigs and reels. Erin Hussey, Betsy Knowles, Rita Koch-Thometz, Jon Stuttgen and Tom Walter perform on hammered and mountain dulcimer, fiddle, banjo, flute, bass, guitar and mandolin.

The other season of free music is Harmony on the River at Black River Beach Neighborhood Center, 1433 Rose St. A meal may be purchased for $5 as part of the evening's entertainment or just come for the free music. The meal will be served from 5 to 6:45 p.m.

July 12: Prairie Smoke. A chickencue will be offered by Premier Catering.

July 19: Les Fields and the Turkey River All Stars, featuring jazz trumpeter Les Fields. This Dixieland jazz group has been featured onboard the Delta Queen and Mississippi Queen, in addition to the New Orleans World's Fair. The meal will be a pulledpork sandwich, coleslaw, potato salad, brownie and lemonade.

July 26: The West Salem Adult Jazz Band was formed in 1993 by a few West Salem High School alumni band members. The band was to serve as a warm-up for the February 1994 appearance of the Maynard Ferguson Band. The meal will be a barbecue ribette, with macaroni salad, three-bean salad, cookie and lemonade.

Aug. 2: Grand Picnic. The meal is hot beef sandwich, beans, potato wedges, watermelon and lemonade.

Aug. 9: Grand River Singers is a high-energy singing and dancing ensemble that performs a 45-minute show. The meal is chicken breast sandwich, Italian pasta, sour cream cucumber salad, lemon bars and lemonade.

Aug. 16: Muddy Flats and the Hepcats. The meal is pulled-pork sandwich, with creamy coleslaw, potato salad, brownie and lemonade.

Aug. 23: Grumpy Old Men is a 14-piece big band. The band consists of mostly retired musicians who still love to play their instruments and the music of the swing era. The band's repertoire includes the music of Glenn Miller, Les Brown and many others. A chickencue will be catered by Premier Catering.


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