Ah, Labor Day, what a bittersweet holiday you are.
There’s nothing to hate about a three-day weekend (especially one with weather like we’re expecting over the next few days) but as the cultural (if not technical) conclusion of summer, there’s just something kind of sad about this one.
Still, take it for what it is, Bainbridge, and get out and about this holiday weekend as best you can. Looking for inspiration? Here are our Best Bets.
First, the lawn outside Bainbridge Performing Arts will be the venue for a special free Gypsy jazz concert by Bainbridge Island’s own Ranger and the Re-Arrangers.
Guest Bill Rappaport (clarinet) will join the group of music-makers for the performance, planned for 6 p.m. Friday.
The concert will feature music from Ranger and the Re-Arrangers’ repertoire of swing standards and traditional Gypsy melodies.
Admission is free; the band will collect donations.
Then, Atlanta-based ragtime/Dixieland/Gypsy jazz artist Blair Crimmins and his band The Hookers will bring their act to Lynwood’s central stage at the Treehouse Café at 8 p.m. Friday.
Four years and some 500 hundred shows after going pro, Crimmins has toured the country playing venues large and small, and has opened for acts such as Mumford & Sons and Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
Their sonic stylings straddle a line that’s hard to define but a lot of fun to dance across.
Tickets, $20 each, are on sale at www.treehousebainbridge.com.
Also going on at 8 p.m. Friday, a free outdoor screening of “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” at Battle Point Park courtesy of the Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District’s “Movies in the Park” program.
All ages are welcome.
Light concessions will be available.
Redshift — billed as “jazz with increased wavelength” — will be playing movement-inducing music at the Treehouse Café during a special free dance party concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1.
The group promises eager dancers a unique song list comprised of tunes from the 1930s and ’40s, rhythm and blues from the ’50s, danceable pop and rock from the ’60s and onward, and classic Latin dance numbers, too, in addition to swing, Nightclub two-step, the waltz, foxtrot, cha-cha, rumba, salsa, and more.
There is a $10 suggested donation for admission, which is open to those 21-and-older only.
Visit www.treehousebainbridge.com to learn more.
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