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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.