Get ready to swing at Holiday Concert
The 1930s were a tough time in America. Poverty and unemployment rates soared, families were displaced and industry slowed to a halt. But despite their troubles, Americans had one thing that could make everything feel all right, even if just for one evening.
That great unifier was swing music.
Rich or poor and of all ethnicities, men and women would dress in their fanciest clothes, hit the town and dance their troubles away to music from storied jazz and swing artists like Benny Goodman, Count Basie and Duke Ellington.
With that spirit of togetherness in mind, Parks & Recreation Department event specialists Jamie Inglis and Dawn Kolb aim to transport Lake Oswegans back to a time when life was simpler and the music was sweeter with "Jingle & Swing," the city's third-annual Holiday Concert.
"We love the idea of doing something that creates a new family tradition in Lake Oswego, and we hope the Holiday Concert is that for many people," Inglis said.
Two headliners who have built regional acclaim in the genres of jazz and swing will be featured when the annual show returns to Lakeridge High School's auditorium at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16, including Portland's own Pete Krebs and Seattle multi-instrumentalist Casey MacGill.
The show will open with performances from both Lakeridge and Lake Oswego high school choirs.
Krebs is one of Portland's most beloved musical chameleons, a recent inductee into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame and perhaps the only person alive to have played gigs at both CBGB's and Preservation Hall. He's best known as the frontman for '90s seminal Portland punk band Hazel, and he has shared stages with artists as diverse as Elliott Smith, Mark Lanegan and Nirvana.
Seattle's Casey MacGill is a classic Hollywood character, in appearance and style. MacGill plays boogie-woogie, swing and stride piano. He blows a lyrical jazz cornet, but his most unique instrumental voice is a six-string tenor ukulele. He has been singing and arranging vocal harmonies for more than 40 years, in a career that stretches from Los Angeles to Broadway.
Both MacGill and Krebs will receive backing from the local swing sextet Stolen Sweets and cabaret singer Pink Lady, with dance numbers performed by Lindy Hop specialists Melissa Roane and Colin Livesay.
"We're encouraging people to dress up and come out to really create that whole classic, special opulence to escape the day-to-day life, go back in time and recreate those moments of elegance and sophistication," Kolb said.
Kolb and Inglis worked with Stolen Sweets member and local talent coordinator Jen Bernard to secure acts for this year's show, which promises to be a lively and fun experience for everyone, old and young.
"It's a great way to celebrate the holiday season, get dressed up and see a show in a lovely venue," Kolb said. "My daughter has volunteered as an usher, and she loves the music every year and the whole family atmosphere. It's not just for adults, it's for families, too."
Tickets are $23 for adults and $16 for youth. Proceeds benefit the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center. All tickets are general admission. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.
To purchase tickets, visit bit.ly/JingleandSwing or call the Parks & Recreation desk at 503-675-2549 and reference class #16514.
IF YOU GO
What: Jingle & Swing: 2017 Holiday Concert
Where: Lakeridge High School Auditorium, 1235 Overlook Drive
When: 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16
Featuring: Pete Krebs, Casey MacGill, Stolen Sweets, Pink Lady, Melissa Roane, Colin Livesay, Lakeridge and Lake Oswego high school choirs
Cost: $23 for adults, $16 for youth. All proceeds benefit the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center