Considering this is the first post on the Local Lux website, I wanted to stay close to home here in the beautiful Niagara Region in Ontario. Just minutes from my front-door, the Bandshell Summer Concert series it is the perfect place for this local lux journey to begin.
This was performance number three (3) in the summer Bandshell Concert Series in Fonthill. Since 2006 this free concert series has been hosted in Peace Park and is made possible by the generous support of the community’s patrons, local businesses and other sponsors.
Kicking off this year’s festivities on June 21st was the 50’s Rock ‘n’ Roll tribute band, Freddy Vette and the Flames. The series will continue each Thursday night until September 6 when it ends with Classic Rock rockers, Sister Act. For the complete line-up visit the Fonthill Bandshell website.
This Thursday evening, my ears and eyes had the pleasure of experiencing the Toronto All-Star Big Band. What a swingin’ time it turned out to be! The music is classic big-band swing from the 30’s and 40’s and was certainly a crowd pleaser. From the 5yrs old rocking his air guitar to the older couple remembering their younger days on the side-walk dance floor – the park was full of nothing but smiles, clapping hands and plenty of dancing.
What was most impressive to me was how young most everyone in the Toronto All-Star Big Band is. The average age is under 30 years old and a number of the young musicians play more than one instrument. There were clarinets, saxophones, trumpets and other horns, the drums, guitars, a double-bass (played by a young woman I might add) and a keyboard. The musicians were accompanied by 6 Big Band singers who often sang together but also showcased their talents in solo tunes.
Fonthill hit a home-run with this concert – the nostalgia of swing from the 30’s and 40’s combined with the youthfulness and vigor of the Big Band performers left me thirsty for more even after the encore. It was a great luxury to be in the crowd at this free and local event.