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Swing fun coming to Alpine County Saturday

Staff reports

Got a zoot suit?

You’ll need one for the swing music revival sweeping the country. Why, right here in Alpine County, we’re going to enjoy one of the Bay Area’s hottest swing bands-Cynthia and the Swing Set!

Lead vocalist and bandleader Cynthia Bythell is one of the few singers with a powerful range from contralto to soprano and she belts it out like Ella Fitzgerald. The Bay Guardian claims she could “… sing at Candlestick Park without a mike!”

With five albums, published songs, numerous national and regional awards, Bythell sings a variety of standards, including “Mean to Me,” “Blue Moon,” “I Get a Kick Out of You” and her own original works.

Her group includes some of the Bay’s best swing players – award winning arranger and tenor saxophonist Susie Laraine, outstanding alto sax player and arranger Barbara Speed, Mack Horton on trumpet and John Arnaudo on trombone, as well as some of the hottest rhythm players in the Bay Area.

They put on their zoot suits, their black fedoras, and usher you back to a gentler time.

According to Bythell, “I think people are ready to dance closer and dance together. I think they’re trying to create a fantasy of an era that they think was nicer, with more beauty in it, more melodic music…It’s a nice crowd of people.”

To complete your evening there will be an hour of free swing dance lessons before the concert.

The concert will be held a Turtle Rock Park, between Woodfords and Markleeville on Hwy 89. Dance lessons begin at 6:30 p.m. The concert follows at 7:30 p.m., July 24. Tickets are $8 adult, $3 child (12 and under). For advance reservations and information, call (530) 694-2787.

Paid in part with Prop 99 funds, the Tobacco Tax Initiative, and by a grant from the California Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.