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Concert in the Park Mister Sister

A welcome cool breeze brought in an appreciated light rain shower to the early arrivals on Thursday evening’s AmBank Concert in the Park, just before one of the most perfect combinations of weather and Heber Valley social gathering began accompanied by the consummate acoustical trio melodies of the Mister Sister band. Each week I think it will not get any better than this but I seem to be inaccurate in that estimation, Brady, Dan and Nina put on a performance matched to the evening, combining vocal interpretations of Crosby, Stills and Nash, The Turtles, and the Violent Femmes into a relaxing harmonic combination of three part harmony and accomplished guitar accompaniment. Thanks to Wasatch Physical Therapy for their co-sponsorship of the evening.

Next Week, John Flanders and the Four Piece Band, playing everything from good ole rock & roll with a dash of country to funky jazz with a sprinkling of blues. John has been one of the mainstays of the concert series going back to the not so good old days when we had to play under the pavilion roof while attempting to ignore the scent wafting from the garbage cans. John has always put on a great show with whatever band is accompanying him playing the sax, the keyboards, the flute and sometimes even a piccolo. The band has performed on NPR= s Marketplace show and are popular at various art festivals including the Salt Lake Arts Festival and the Park City Arts Festival and has played as the main act at the Sundance Jazz Festival. They are proud to be chosen jazz group of the year in the annual City Weekly awards. John Flanders has been the preeminent saxophone player in Salt Lake City and the Intermountain West for over a decade. You can hear him on TV and radio commercials, as well as television shows and movie soundtracks. In addition to being a renowned bandleader and session player, John's recordings have received critical and popular acclaim, leading to a growing reputation as a composer and arranger. John has won numerous prestigious City Weekly Best of Utah awards as an instrumentalist as well as with his classic jazz groups. He enjoys eating before as well as after gigs. He has a wide love of beverages and you should always check the contracts for the "midnight snack" clause. John performs primarily on tenor, alto sax, and clarinet. Our sax man is originally from Canton Ohio, studied at Ohio State University and at the University of Connecticut. John's studied with players such as Ted Nash and Lou Donaldson, Ernie Krivda, and Eddie Daniels. He's performed in New York and also lived and worked in Los Angeles. The open seas are not safe from this jazz man either, as he spent a number of years playing in cruise ship orchestras when he backed up numerous Vegas acts and entertainers. He has taught professionally for over 15 years and lectured at the college level on jazz music history.

The co-sponsor for Thursday’s show will be the Heber Valley Chamber who will be doing their Expo once again this year. Come out and see what local businesses are doing here in the valley, proprietors from all parts of the Heber Valley will be displaying their products and I am willing to bet there will be a few you have never heard of.

Bring the family, visit the Farmers Market (the produce is coming on!) have dinner and enjoy the music but please remember, leave the dogs at home.

BY PAUL J. ASKINS   07/28/2012

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