LAKE PLACID — Dancing shoes are a must Friday evening at “A Big Band Bash” featuring the KC Big Band, Adirondack Saxophones and the Voices of Experience.
“We’re having it for a couple of reasons,” Mary Dietrich, vice president of the Lake Placid Sinfonietta and co-chair with Dr. Claude Roland, said of the bash.
“We wanted to have a fun event in the winter and help people get over the winter doldrums.
“The second reason is to raise funds to offset the cost of our Park Concert series in the summer.”
The Lake Placid Sinfonietta holds a six-week music festival in that village: a six-concert series at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts on Sunday nights and six summer Park Concerts on Wednesday nights.
“Those concerts, even though they are free, they cost us at least $6,000 each to produce,” Dietrich said.
“So with cuts to grants and government support and that sort of thing, it’s necessary for us if we want to continue this — and we do — to find other sources of revenue.”
The KC Big Band, a 19-piece band, is under the direction of Bill Stokes.
“We thought this would be a fun way to support a really good cause. My husband is in the band,” Dietrich said.
“It’s a group of local musicians who like to play together. A couple of years ago, they came together and started playing big band music.”
“A Big Band Bash” attendees can expect to sway to standards such as “Stompin’ at the Savoy,” “In the Mood” and “It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” — “the best music to listen and dance to,” Dietrich said.
“In addition to them, we have the Adirondack Saxophones. When the band needs a break, the Adirondack Saxophones will continue to play.