Play footsie with Reggie's Red Hot Footwarmers

Next week's concert in Castleton promises to be one of the top attractions of the summer with the return engagement of the swinging band Reggie's Red Hot Feetwarmers. This band brings a great ragtime and dixieland musical act to Castleton Tuesday, Aug. 18, at 7 p.m. Reggie's exciting group will close out a wonderful Castleton concert season in a fitting tribute to great music.

Reggie's quintet, is the house band for the Saratoga Racetrack; the band produces a great jaunty swirl of music. A trumpet, banjo, the happy shriek of a clarinet, upright base and trombone will produce a magical throwback to an era of New Orleans traditional jazz, giving a new voice to old standards.

And, speaking of New Orleans-the Crescent City is where the dancing combo of Amy and Chance hail from; who can forget the oh , so fantastic, exciting dancing performance the City gave us last year? Well, they're back and Amy and Chance will again strut their stuff as part of the Aug. 18 entertainment.

Reggie's musicians' careers range from 20-54 years. Dressed in dapper straw hats, they really turn it up a notch when it comes to great sounds. Reggie Scanlon is on stand-up bass, (can he ever "slap" it in trad jazz style), with Peter Davis on banjo, Tom Shields on trombone, Scott Black on trumpet, and Dan Levinson, an internationally renowned clarinetist. Shields and Black have absorbed the legacies of Teagarden, Beiderbecke and company.

Songs like, "Tiger Rag", China Boy", James P. Johnson's "Old Fashioned Blues" to the drop-dead, "Goody Goody", "Margie", to the dreamy "Always" and "Avalon" will take you for a trip back in time. Throw in a little of Clyde McCoy's cloying "Sugar Blues", and a gently swinging portrait of "Rosetta", and you have one surefire method of driving away those daily doldrums. There's no adventurous musical groundbreaking here, but like Hershey's for chocolate, or Mack for trucks, you can count on Reggie's Red Hot Feetwarmers for sweet and saucy tributary sounds.

This is the final concert of the season, so don't miss this Tuesday, Aug. 18, starting at 7 p.m. sharp. It promises to be a most enjoyable evening of exciting dancing, and fantastic music, played by one of the best five piece bands in all of New England.

The concert is free and open to the public. It will perform rain or shine. Rain site is the Casella Fine Arts Center at Castleton State College.

For further information, please contact 273-2911.

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