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Pops concert Sunday on Azalea Park stage

The Pilot file / Bill Schlichting Tsunami Swing’s saxophone section performs on the Azalea Park stage during last year’s American Music Festival.The band and Curry/Del Norte Orchestra will perform a pops concert Sunday, June 8, beginning at 1 p.m.

The American Music Festival presents the Curry-Del Norte Or- chestra and Tsunami Swing Big Band per- forming a “Pops in the Park” concert in Azalea Park.

The concert will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 8, and features music to please all ages, organiz- ers said. Admission is free, but donations are welcome and appreciat- ed and used to support band equipment and youth music education programs in the com- munities.

Bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. Picnic lunches are wel- come. The Interact Club of Rotary International of Brookings will have the snack shack open.

The concert will begin with the Curry-Del Norte Orchestra. Direc- tor John Webster has selected a mix of pop favorites featuring film and Broadway musi- cal scores. Tsunami Swing, a jazz big band led by Dan Sedgwick, will then continue the entertainment.

Both the orchestra and the big band are composed of community members from Cres- cent City, Brookings and Gold Beach who volunteer their time and talents to bring live music opportunities to America’s Wild Rivers Coast.

“Pops in the Park” is one of the featured concerts of the Ameri- can Music Festival (AMF), a community concert series held in Azalea Park, typically every other Sunday

from June through mid- September.

The full schedule for the summer includes:

•June 29: The trio of modern-day min- strels known as Golden Bough returns to play traditional and modern Celtic music.

•July 13: The Blues- Box Bayou Band, a Zydeco and Cajun dance band from Northern California, often invites audience members on stage to play instru- ments.

•July 27: The Koles, a Los Angeles-based trio known for its pop- oriented, eclectic mix of music, virtuoso guitar playing and harmonies.

•Aug. 10: The Moon Mountain Ramblers, a five-piece band that effortlessly blends bluegrass, rock, swing, traditional country and Middle Eastern sounds.

•Aug. 24: West My Friend, a four-piece acoustic folk-pop band that stretches the conventions of popular music by playing every- thing from indie-roots to chamber-folk, with

a healthy dose of four- part harmonies.

In case of bad weath- er, the concerts will move indoors to the nearby Chetco Grange Community Center, at the corner of Highway 101 and Zimmerman Lane in Harbor.

The primary spon- sors and organizers are Rogue Federal Credit Union, Curry County Cultural Coalition, Lucky 7 Casino, the Brookings Area Council for the Arts, the city of Brookings, and the Curry Coastal Pilot.

For more information about the American Mu- sic Festival, contact Les Cohen at 541-661-3033. 

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