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Hot Summer Nights

05/31/2008 05:00PM ● Published by Super Admin

The nights are getting warmer and the days longer, so what’s a family to do with these wonderful summer evenings? Performing Arts of Roseville (PAR) board president, Sarah Keesling, suggests packing a picnic and heading to Royer Park for the 18th annual concert series, Roseville Music in the Park. And we couldn’t agree more.

“It’s a great opportunity for families and the community-at-large to just hang out and get together on a Sunday night,” says Keesling.

On the fourth Sunday of each month through September, music lovers can enjoy free music from the area’s favorite bands. And new for this year’s event, local artists looking to break into the industry will kick off each concert as top-notch opening acts.

“I love performing at outdoor venues – people are out in the sun enjoying themselves and it’s just an atmosphere that fits with my feel-good music,” says Sacramento singer Kate Gaffney of the Americana flavored tunes she and her band will be performing at Royer Park this summer.
Gaffney’s guitarist, the young Ross Hammond, is a Sacramento native and favorite who’s been a fixture on the region’s jazz and rock scene for the past decade. His sound “adds a colorful flavor” to her works, says Gaffney.

“Our goal is to bring different cultures together, so we’ve had jazz bands from Japan and Denmark; we’ve had Country-Western and Swing and Big Band; and this year we have mostly Pops,” says PAR Director, Bob Cooley. “People bring their blankets and enough fried chicken for me, and we’re all happy.”

If packing another paper-bag meal is not on your list of things to do this summer, the Roseville Host Lions’ Club will have the barbeque lit and will be selling hotdogs, hamburgers and garden burgers to benefit PAR alongside local baristas from Mocha Motion, who will be pouring lemonades, iced teas and coffees.

Headliners this year include Sacramento world beat favorite, Mumbo Gumbo, the costume-crazy 80z All Stars, and Hurricane Sam Rudin, a lightning-quick solo pianist who labels his sound as “boogy-blues and jazz.”

“It’s blues-based music in a loose sense,” Rudin says. “It’s the music of the entire 20th century – from blues to bebop, from rag-time to rock-and-roll. And I’ve got a genuine old-fashioned acoustic piano – it’s more authentic than a plastic keyboard and the visual flavor is nicer.”

And if you’ve never been to a Mumbo Gumbo concert, Cooley says that the event’s 15-year closing act shouldn’t be missed. “I don’t know how to describe what they do,” he says. “Maybe calypso or Louisiana swing, but its music you can dance to!”

Performing Arts of Roseville is an all-volunteer, non-profit devoted to providing free music events in the Roseville area, and high-quality performing arts programs in local schools through grants and fundraising.

For more information on Roseville Music in the Park or Performing Arts of Roseville, visit rosevillemusicinthepark.com. •

ARTSBEAT:

June 14-July 26 – Wonders of Water: Children's Art Contest. Young artists between the ages of five and 17 enter their work for a chance to win $750 in prizes. The event is sponsored by Kaiser Permanente Roseville and some entries may be chosen for permanent display in the new Women and Children's Center at Kaiser Permanente's Roseville Medical Center. For details, call 916-783-4117.

Through July 27 – The Language of the Nude: Four Centuries of Drawing the Human Body. This exhibition brings nearly 60 rarely seen drawings to the Crocker Art Museum. For details on this exhibit or for more information, call 916-808-7000 or visit crockerartmuseum.org.

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