Copa Kings will bring jazz to town for PCAA

Jazz music by The Copa Kings will be featured Sunday, July 24, as the next in the Pedernales Creative Arts Alliance (PCAA) free concert series.

The Austin-based band will perform under the Adelsverein Halle on Marktplatz, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Music fans are invited free of charge and urged to either arrive early to secure some of the existing picnic tables in and around the pavilion or bring their own lawn chairs, blankets and picnic suppers for listening from the grassy areas surrounding the pavilion.

Dancing to the live performance is encouraged on a makeshift dancefloor positioned between the band and its audience.

The Copa Kings’ name is rooted in the Copa Room at the legendary Las Vegas hotel, The Sands, which was founded by Jakie Freedman, a native Texan. During the era when swing was king in late 1950s and early 1960s, some of the greatest names in entertainment graced the stage in the Copa Room.

The Copa Kings were formed out of a desire to breathe new life into some of the great jazz standards of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s.

Led by “front man” Billy Murphy on vocals, the band is comprised of Wayne Duncan on drums, Ryan Gould on bass, Rob Greenfield on keyboard, Angelo Lembesis on piano, Rick White on trumpet and Dan Torosian on saxophone and clarinet.

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