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Celebrate swing music at a free concert in Ilwaco

Published on February 13, 2017 10:00AM

Vince Brown (Red), right, and Lavon Hardison (Ruby) have performed together for 10 years.

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Vince Brown (Red), right, and Lavon Hardison (Ruby) have performed together for 10 years.


ILWACO, Wash. — DoGoodnics, a peninsula nonprofit agency, invites the public to a free concert at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18 at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, located at 115 S.E. Lake St.

In a celebration of swing music, the duo Red and Ruby will perform luscious ballads and finger-snapping tunes from the 1930s and ’40s.

Vince Brown (Red) and Lavon Hardison (Ruby) have performed together for 10 years. They delighted an audience last Oct. 19 at the Timberland Regional Library in Ocean Park, Washington.

Assisted by museum staff, Robert and Gwen Brake are providing the free concert as part of their ongoing “Music and Memory” program, dedicated to helping memory-impaired residents enjoy music from the past.

DoGoodnics invites the public to this family-friendly event and provides the program as a way of saying thank you to peninsula residents and visitors who value the role of music in enhancing quality of life.

Brown has performed and taught acoustic music on guitar, tenor and five-string banjo, old-timey claw hammer banjo, and uke in a variety of styles for over 30 years. He has played at venues and festivals, in pit orchestras and recording studios around the world. A member of Olympia groups like Tune Stranglers, Deaf Lester, and the gypsy swing band Hot Club Sandwich, Brown is highly-regarded as a soloist, sideman and teacher.

Hardiman sings jazz standards, originals and her own eclectic arrangements of popular songs. she uses her background in musical theater, opera and jazz as a foundation for her joyful, engaging musical explorations.

Hardiman was a featured performer at the 2009 Festival of World Sacred Music in New Delhi, India, and has performed on stages in Massachusetts, Oregon and Washington. She also hosted a weekly radio show, “The Jazz Experience,” on KAOS 89.3 FM.

Attendees can enjoy the exhibits at the museum while listening to songs like “I Got Rhythm,” “I’ll See You in My Dreams,” “Digga digga do” and “It don’t mean a thing.”

Seating is limited. For more information, call 360-665-2784 or visit oobear@centurytel.net



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