Sunday August 4, 2019 7:00 pm
Cottell Park 5847 Irwin Simpson Rd, Mason, OH 45040
The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra ventures to Deerfield Township, OH with its newest subsidiary group — the K-so Combo. After the Swing and Big Band eras of the 1930s-40s, instrumental songs appeared frequently on the charts, and were heard blaring from car and transistor radios everywhere. Alas, in the early 90s the pop instrumental disappeared as rap, country and hip-hop began to dominate the airwaves.
Since many of these nostalgic instrumental tunes require a real stylistic understanding of jazz, rock, blues and funk, the KSO pulled together the top musicians from across the region to perform a range of music that was popular in their youth. The group’s engine this time around features Steve Mason (keys), Aaron Jacobs (bass) and John Taylor (drums),
together with guitarist Bradford Myers, and a horn section including Rick VanMatre (reeds & flute), Matt Anklan, (trumpet) and Dominic Marino (trombone and arranger).
Together with a small string section and a couple extra sidemen, the K-so Combo offers up instrumental tunes that audiences will rarely hear live today. Many of these selections folks will recognizse and associate with advertising (“Music to Watch Girls By” — Diet Pepsi) or link them to sports and entertainment (“Love’s Theme” — PGA, “Soul Bossa Nova”—Austin Powers, “Rise”— General Hospital). Even big Rock groups of the day dabbled in purely instrumental music (Rush, Edgar Winter). “These instrumentals were certainly popular in their day, but they had lasting qualities that extended their play far beyond the Billboard charts,” says KSO Music Director James Cassidy.
Join Music Director James Cassidy, the K-so Combo and friends Sunday August 4 at 7:00 p.m. Bring blankets or lawn chairs. Picnics are welcome. Admission is free.
This program is sponsored in part by Deerfield Township.
Free admission and parking. For more information, visit the the-arts-alliance.org.
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On the Program
Song As recorded by Year
“Soul Bossa Nova” Quincy Jones 1962
“Rise” Herb Alpert 1979
“Music to Watch Girls By” Bob Crewe 1966
Theme from Shaft Issac Hayes 1971
“Frosty” Albert Collins 1964
“Apache” Incredible Bongo Band 1961
“Theme from S.W.A.T.” Rhythm Heritage 1976
“Lily was Here” Stewart / Dulfer 1990
“Slammin’” Huey Lewis & News 1988
“YYZ” Rush 1981
“Open Sesame” Kool & the Gang 1976
“Hawaii 5-0” The Ventures 1968
“Outa Space” Billy Preston 1972
“Love’s Theme” Love Unlimited Orchestra 1974
“Europa” Gato Barbieri 1977
“Hustle” Van McCoy 1975
“Green Onions” Booker T & MGs 1962
“Pick up the Pieces” Average White Band 1975
“Soul Sacrifice” Santana 1969
“Frankenstein” Edgar Winter Group 1973
Arrangements adapted by Terry LaBolt.