Annual Heatwave series
returns to Western campus
MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon University will spice up the lazy Wednesdays of summer with the return of the annual Heatwave Summer Concert Series.
Retta and The Smart Fellas, a western swing band from Portland, will perform on Wednesday, July 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Retta and The Smart Fellas is a band not only steeped in the classic country tradition but with a true swing know-how. The members are all seasoned musicians who share a sincere affinity for the work of Jimmie Rodgers, Bob Wills and Merle Haggard, bringing the authentic sound of the grange hall to a brand-new audience.
On Wednesday, July 18, Heatwave will feature the marimba trio NJUZU (njoo-zoo) from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The trio plays the music of Zimbabwe, a truly infectious, upbeat and danceable style of music that is unique, high-spirited and powerful.
Closing the series on July 25th will be WOU's own Tom Bergeron and Whirled Jazz. Whirled Jazz draws on a rich jazz heritage, as well as musical traditions from around the world. Mark Corroto, of "All About Jazz" calls Whirled Jazz "a band that produces music that is beyond easy categorization. In these times of fractured jazz divisions, much of what we hear is labeled and pigeonholed or just an eclectic jumble. Whirled Jazz has an internal logic revealed in the language of this new millenium, that makes a coherent statement."
The concerts are free and community members are encouraged to attend. Lunchtime barbecue specials may be offered at a minimal cost. To learn more, contact Shondra Russell-Wynings at the Werner University Center, Student Leadership and Activities, 503-838-8514.