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Angola jumps, jives and wails with Pyramid Band

The Pyramid Band took the Centennial Park stage on July 9, to play swing and big band under sunny skies.
ANGOLA — After having three concerts affected by various weather complications, the fourth showing in Angola’s Summer Lawn Chair Concert Series took place in the village’s Centennial Park on July 9 under clear and sunny skies.

“If you’ve been following our series this year, the first one was outside and a little cold. The second one was inside because of bad weather, and last week, we got rained out halfway through,” said Angola’s Deputy Mayor Bill Houston before announcing the evening’s performers. “So let’s hope we’re home free tonight, finally.”

This installment of the free concert series, sponsored by Goya Foods of Great Lakes and the American Musician’s Union, featured the Western New York big band group, The Pyramid Band.

Under the direction of saxophonist and vocalist Joe Bernard, the band kicked off the show beneath the William G. Houston Gazebo with a string of instrumental songs, including Glenn Miller’s “Tuxedo Junction” and “In the Mood” before introducing lead vocalist Kathy Carr belted out what Bernard said is the group’s most-requested song, Etta James’ “At Last.”

Pyramid Band lead vocalist Kathy Carr belted out Etta James’ “At Last” at the Angola concert series on July 9.
The evening continued with The Pyramid Band’s renditions of classic songs such as Benny Goodman’s “And the Angels Sing,” Duke Ellington’s “Do Nothing till You Hear From Me,” Patsy Cline’s “Crazy” and Burt Bacharach’s “The Look of Love.”

The group also invited Kathy Carr’s son, Zack to the stage as a guest vocalist for a collection of pop standards and Michael Bublé compositions, including “I’ve Got the World on a String,” “Feeling Good” and the Bublé singles “Everything” and “Home.”

Midway through their set, the band took a brief break while a ticket raffle was held for the concert attendees, with a cash prize and three New Era baseball caps up for the win.

After returning to the stage to close out the night’s performance, The Pyramid Band ended their set of swing, jazz and pop music with their interpretation of Louis Prima’s “Jump, Jive and Wail.”

During the concert, audience members had the chance to support Angola’s Friends of the Village organization by entering to win a quilt, to be given away at the end of this summer’s run of concerts.

Additionally, the evening’s sponsors and Angola’s local establishment, Goya Foods of Great Lakes, provided free six-can packs of beans for anyone who attended Wednesday’s performance.

The 32nd Summer Lawn Chair Concert Series, presented by the Angola Park and Gazebo Committee, Evans Recreation and the Village of Angola, will continue to take place every Wednesday this summer at the William G. Houston Gazebo in Centennial Park with the New Angola Theater as a back-up rain location. The shows will end with a finale performance by German folk band, the Frankfurters, on Aug. 27.

Next week’s concert, which is scheduled to take place on July 16, will feature the Buffalo-Niagara Concert Band in a show sponsored by Newcomb Long Post No. 928 of the American Legion.

The following week will feature a performance by The Formula Band on July 23.


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