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Friday, August 9, 2013

Mason District concerts feature wide variety of music

In case you missed the recent Spotlight by Starlight concerts at Mason District Park, Bob Kovacs uploaded three more videos to the Annandale Arts You Tube channel.

“Jaco y Paco” is an original song that was performed by Incendio at the park amphitheater July 28.  Incendio is a Lost Angeles-based jazz band that plays all instrumentals, and the use of Spanish guitars gives the group an unusual twist. 

The show on Saturday morning, Aug. 3, offered something  completely different: family-friendly entertainment from Milkshake, a duo from Baltimore. This video clip is from their number, “It’s Breakfast Time,” which is more about jokes and audience interaction than music:


The video features the TOAST Big Band’s rendition of “Route 66” performed on Aug. 2:  

“Route 66,”  a pop classic written by Bobby Troup and first recorded by Nat King Cole in 1946, has been performed by a wide array of acts, including Mel Torme, the Rolling Stones, and Natalie Cole, says Kovacs.  
“I found it ironic that this American classic about the iconic highway through the heartland was sung here by Angus Mackay, an Australian” (who now lives in Falls Church), said Kovacs.

According to Kovacs, “The song evokes a time when the world admired and was even a little jealous of America, with its freedoms, wide open spaces and its car culture with highways that stretched from Chicago to Los Angeles; it’s  all very exotic to someone who just hears these names in the movies.” McKay is also in a rockabilly/western swing bang called Hang-Over Royale, which played at Mason District Park Aug 7.

Three shows at scheduled for Mason District Park this weekend. Caravan of Thieves, a Gypsy swing band, will perform Friday, Aug. 9, at 7:30;  DinoRock will put on a puppet show for kids Saturday morning at 10; and the Sweet Leda band will play rock and soul music Sunday at 7:30 p.m.

On Saturday, it’s Korean Cultural Heritage Night at Ossian Hall Park in Annandale. The show starts at 7:30.

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