Sunday, July 5, 2009

Pure Americana

Imagine a perfect Fourth of July. A warm summer evening with people of all ages under an open sky dancing, singing, toe-tapping. Picture people of African, Asian, Hispanic, European and mostly--to a greater or lesser degree-of mixed racial descent all listening to a music born of that melting pot: Swing! The Olney Big Band played fiery renditions from some of America's most beloved composers from the 30s 40s and 50s. Hedreich, the evening's special guest, peppered OBB's performance with her rendition of Lady is a Tramp. Her scat solo won her the hearts of the listeners. She rounded out the evening leading the audience in song with these words; "...let us all be grateful for a land so fair, as we lift our voices in a solemn prayer; God bless America, land that I love..." Happy Birthday America from the team.

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