Swing Dancing – Community members enjoy listening and dancing to jazz music by Johnny Summers little big band performed live at Jazz at the Lake held at the Sylvan Lake Community Centre Saturday.

Swing Into Spring concert sees high attendance

The community was moving their feet and swinging to the beat as the Johnny Summers Little Big Band performed

The community was moving their feet and swinging to the beat as the Johnny Summers Little Big Band performed at the Sylvan Lake CommunityCentre Saturday evening.

Organized by Jazz At The Lake, the music was beautiful and the dance floor was always full.

The room was decorated to the tune of a 1940’s theme including cardboard cutouts of people dancing, a white bench set up for photographs and music notes adorning the room.

Ticket sales were high that night with attendees stating it was worth every penny spent.

With rainy weather outside, it was the perfect escape for people to come and have fun indoors.

“It’s a fantastic night. The weather worked in our favour this weekend because we had people who had planned to go out of town for the long weekend and asked if we had tickets for sale because they were staying home,” said Jazz at the Lake co-founder, Eric Allison.

This is Johnny’s ninth year performing at Jazz at the Lake and if you hear him once, you want to hear him again said Allison.

Together with the Little Big Band, they had everyone swinging away.

It was no problem if you didn’t know how to swing dance before hand, there was also a dance teacher who taught several people how to move their feet before the evening began with many relishing the new moves they were taught.

Swing Into Spring is the second of four concerts being held in Jazz At The Lake’s seasonal concert series.

Recently organizers announced that the full festival would be brought back in 2017, as next year will also be the 15th anniversary of Jazz at the Lake.

Listening to Johnny sing and his band play music ranging from between 1935 and 1945 certainly was an evening to remember.

Johnny also kept it modern by singing some Michael Jackson and followed it up with a riveting rendition of an Elvis Presley song.

Being enthusiastic and having fun while performing is part of who Johnny and his band members are, however they also take their music seriously.

“I take the music very seriously but I don’t take myself that seriously,” Summers said. “I’m just trying to groove.”

He continued on to say how he and his band take the music they perform very seriously and said they rehearse it very hard, but once on stage performing they try to let a little loose.

“We just try to grove and swing,” Summers said. “We try to have fun with the crowd and the dancers and really whatever kind of event it is.”

With dancers consistently being on the dance floor people were definitely having fun.

This was Summer’s hope. He wanted people to enjoy the concert and they most certainly did.

“Music should be something that uplifts people when they come to a live concert and they get something out of it,” Summers said. “It’s not just going to something because they think they should be. I want to make sure they are feeling elated, hopeful, uplifted and moved emotionally.”

The edition of Jazz At The Lake’s seasonal concert series will take place on August 20 with ‘Sounds of Summer’. The concert features Juno andGemini award winning artist, Tommy Banks.

Tickets are available online at www.jazzatthelake.com.

 

Just Posted

Annual AACS golf tournament putting for success

The Urgent Care Committee will host the golf tournament on Aug. 10

Severe thunderstorm watch issued for Sylvan Lake and Eckville

The storm system is expected to start in the area before moving northwest

Four-car crash, including RCMP vehicle, on Highway 2

Two sheriff’s vehicles were also involved in the collision that closed down one lane

Hlinka Gretzky Cup trophy tours Sylvan Lake this weekend

The famed trophy will make its way around town July 20-22

PHOTOS: Shoppers Free BBQ

On Thursday Shoppers Drug Mart celebrated its 10 year anniversary in Sylvan Lake.

VIDEO: Trudeau shuffles familiar faces, adds new ones to expanded cabinet

Justin Trudeau shuffles his front bench Wednesday to install the roster of ministers that will be entrusted with leading the Liberal team into next year’s election.

Canada to resettle dozens of White Helmets and their families from Syria

There are fears the volunteers would become a target for government troops

Francesco Molinari wins British Open at Carnoustie

It is his first win at a major and the first by an Italian

Government sets full-time salary range for Justin Trudeau’s nanny

At its top range, the order works out to a rate of $21.79 per hour, assuming a 40-hour work week

Stettler hosts antique tractor pull

Participants come from across Alberta

No Name brand chicken nuggets recalled due to possible salmonella

Canadian Food Inspection Agency says multiple illnesses reported in B.C., Alberta and Ontario

WATCH: Joe Hittel is the number one fundraiser in Northern Alberta for Rope for Hope

Hittel of Red Deer raised $14,000 for Make A Wish event

Ex-Raptor DeMar DeRozan says goodbye to Toronto on Instagram

The guard was traded to the San Antonio Spurs earlier this week for Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green

Watch: Westerner Days in full swing

The heat and the thunderstorms didn’t stop anybody

Most Read