On Monday, July 23 the Wayne County Creative Arts Council will host the Moonlight on the Poconos Big Band. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. in Central Park.
A non- profit band, they rehearse at the Greeley Inn on Tuesday evenings. Led by sax player Hank Grilk, members range from teens to seniors. Their mission is to recreate the big band sound from the 30’s to the 50’s the way the original artists would have performed the music themselves.
To this end, they have over 2000 charts in their musical library which are taken from the originals that, for example, artists like Count Basie used. ‘Summertime’, ‘Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy ‘, to Glenn Miller’s ‘In the Mood” is only a small part of their repertoire. They can be found at www.moonlightonthepoconosbig band.com.
Hitchin’ Cricket is an American rock band based in the rural hills of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Their live performances generate the kind of buzz and hoopla that only can surround the kind of talent that is on the verge of national success. Emerging onto the national music scene from their home base in Pleasant Mount, Hitchin’ Cricket has been described as The Marshall Tucker Band by way of Bob Dylan, The Temptations, Hank Williams, Ween and Wilco. Hitchin’ Cricket’s music is not hard to describe.
It is pure original yet familiar, fresh rock ‘n’ roll rolled up tightly for all to dance and sing to. Their melodies light up the skies firmly rooted with ingredients which include Americana, 70’s R&B, folk, outlaw country and a touch of soul.
Patrick Casper will be on guitar & vocals, Jess Erdmann on bass and vocals, Lee Clarke on drums and Ragu on percussion as well. Melanie Casper brings her flute to the band, Eric Harvey sings as well as playing guitar and Kevin Cucura will be on keyboard and vocals.
In case of rain, the bands will perform at the Grace Episcopal Parish House across the street. Refreshments will be available near the Park. The concert is free; however a free will offering will be collected during the evening.