Archive for Thursday, June 24, 2004

Basehor library schedules concerts

June 24, 2004

The Basehor Community Library will presents the next concert in the summer series, "Live Music in the Park" on Friday, July 2.

The concert, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Basehor City Park, will feature the Discovery String Band in a performance of "Lewis and Clark: A Musical Voyage of Discovery." The band, whose members include Cathy Barton, Dave Para, Bob Dyer and Paul and Win Grace, has released a CD entitled "Most Perfect Harmony" which has been designated a Notable Recording by the American Library Association. The title comes from a quote by Meriwether Lewis to President Jefferson describing the spirits of the Corps of Discovery as they journeyed to the Pacific.

These five noted central Missouri musicians, steeped in the history and traditions of the Missouri valley, have joined together to interpret this American epic using traditional, period and original music.

Paul and Win Grace, both being French-speakers, brought several French songs and tunes to the group, including a voyageur song, a rowdy low public house dance tune and song (complete with translation!), and French Canadian and Metis (mixed French, Native, and Scottish) fiddle tunes. Win Grace learned "Le Pied" (seated clogging) and in the long tradition of French Canadian and Metis fiddlers, and performs it while playing the accordion.

A direct descendent of John Colter, who was a member of the Lewis and Clark expedition, will be introduced during the concert. This Basehor resident will share family stories of the famous explorer and provide insight that history books may have missed.

The concert is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to come early to set up their lawn chairs and purchase dinner from the VFW wagon including sloppy joe's, polish sausage, hot dogs, nachos and more. Persons who wish more information,may call the library at 913-724-2828.

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