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The Soggy Po Boys Celebrate the Life and Music of Sidney Bechet
The Dance Hall
Kittery, ME
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The Soggy Po Boys Celebrate the Life and Music of Sidney Bechet
***There is limited seating on a first come, first serve basis, plus standing room for this event.


The Soggy Po boys proudly announce 2016's 3rd and final installment of their thrice-annual Honoring a Tradition series, this time focusing on legendary New Orleans clarinetist, saxophonist, and composer--Sidney Bechet. The event will take place on November 12th at the The Dance Hall in Kittery, ME. The series, which grew out of an exploration of the life, culture, and historical context of the music of Louis Armstrong will continue its mission to explore and share the roots of New Orleans music. The show will feature a lecture about the life and music of Bechet followed by a performance of Bechet's music by the Soggy Po Boys.

While less of a household name, Bechet deserves to be revered with Armstrong as the greatest of the New Orleans Jazz players. Rather than simply play an instrument, Bechet's sound was so expressive that his audience often felt a wide range of emotions over the course of a single performance. The Soggy Po Boys own saxophonist/clarinetist/composer extraordinaire, Eric Klaxton said of Bechet: "One note could really tell a story."

Though always inspiring to his peers, Bechet's incendiary playing influenced artists of many disciplines, prompting famed English poet Phillip Larkin to write of his music:

'On me your voice falls as they say love should,
Like an enormous yes. My Crescent City
Is where your speech alone is understood,
And greeted as the natural noise of good,
Scattering long-haired grief and scored pity.'

To experience this yourself, come down to the Dance Hall on November 12th! There will be a pre-concert talk that begins at 7:15pm, with music starting at 8:00pm.

The Dance Hall sits at the heart of downtown Kittery and has historically been a bastion for Seacoast creativity and cross-cultural exchange. At the hands of Drika Overton, the old art space has undergone a renaissance of sorts in recent years, now offering classes in jazz tap, West African drumming and dance, belly-dancing among a growing list of other traditions. As a non-profit organization that strongly advocates for arts outreach, entertainment, and education, The Dance Hall has become a pillar in the contemporary Seacoast arts scene. The Soggy Po Boys are thrilled to partner with an organization that continues to support local music, and they hope you'll join them in adding to the history The Dance Hall embodies.

The Soggy Po Boys are:
Eric Klaxton-Saxophone
Zach Lange-Trumpet
Nick Mainella-Saxophone
Mike Effenberger-Piano
Stu Dias-Guitar and Vocals
Brett Gallo-Drums
Nicholas Phaneuf-Bass

$12/advance   $15/door


The Dance Hall (View)
7 Walker St., PO Box 691
Kittery, ME 03904
United States


Music > All Ages
Music > Jazz

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!


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