ST. PARIS – The Champaign County Arts Council will present the Lower London Street Dixieland Band at Harmon Park in St. Paris on Sunday, Aug. 13.
The concert begins at 6 p.m. In the event of rain, the concert will be moved to the St. Paris United Methodist Church.
The Lower London Street Dixieland Jazz Band has performed regularly for the past 40 years in the west central Ohio area.
The group can be heard every last Tuesday of the month at the historic Red Brick Tavern (intersection of U.S. routes 40 and 42 near London) and at Mardi Gras events throughout the area as well as at concerts and at Dixieland funerals.
The band performs traditional jazz selections in the now-classic San Francisco Jazz style that emerged in the 1940s. This style was brought to Ohio in the 1950s. The signature sound is a strong two-beat tuba-banjo rhythm supporting a swinging, syncopated brassy front line of cornet, trombone and clarinet ensemble along with the traditional vocal and instrumental solos.
The summer concert series is sponsored by the Champaign County Memorial Foundation, Fonda Lou Eaton, Brett Gilbert, The Charles F. Johnson Family, Johnson Welded Products, The Medicine Shoppe, The Peoples Savings Bank and Perpetual Federal Savings Bank.
This program is also sponsored by a grant from The Ohio Arts Council, which uses state tax dollars to fund programs such as this to encourage economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.
For more information, contact the Champaign County Arts Council at 937-653-7557.
Heather Brackney is the executive director of the Champaign County Arts Council.