Live in the House season opens tonight (Sept. 3) in Pemberville

Dwight Lenox (Photo provided)

From THE PEMBERVILLE OPERA HOUSE

The Pemberville Opera House opens its ninth season of Live in the House concerts tonight (Sept. 3) with Dwight Lenox and the Lenox Avenue Express. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m.

From blues to ballads and jazz to swing, Dwight shines. His impeccable instincts and mellow sound have garnered the attention of some of the finest musicians in the industry. Dwight’s fluid style lends itself to a vast repertoire from Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, James Ingram, Stevie Wonder, Lou Rawls and many more. But his raw abilities are evidenced in his performance of original music. He’s sung on numerous recordings, including works for commercial and corporate use. He’s an accomplished studio session singer.

Growing up in New York, Lenox honed his talent in the church choir. He went on to study and perform musical styles as diverse as country and rock n’ roll. But his gospel roots, combined with such childhood influences as Nancy Wilson, Nat Cole, and Sarah Vaughn, made jazz a natural showcase for his talent.

The Live! In The House Concert Series started in 2008 and has since brought well over 100 performances to the opera house stage.

The Pemberville Opera House was built in 1892 and completely restored to its’ original glory in 1999. Built as a true ‘theatre on the second floor, the opera house has recently completed an elevator tower and is now handicapped accessible.

Programs are nearly always the first Saturday of each month, Sept thru May and tickets are available as a series for $90 or individually at $12 each.

Upcoming shows are:

Oct. 1: The Midwestern Swing is a Cincinnati based band inspired by the great Western Swing bands of the 40s, 50s & 60s coupled with equal parts tradition and modernity. The group’s repertoire features tight arrangements from the classic Western Swing and Great American Songbooks. www.themidwesternswing.com

Nov. 12: The Juggernaut Jug Band What do you get when you blend jazz, blues ragtime, swing and original music with washboards, washtubs, kazoos, jugs and various other sundry hardware? Nothing less than the strange concoction called the Juggernaut Jug Band. www.juggernautjugband.com

Dec. 3: Matt Watroba and Robert Jones American Roots Music (Folk, Blues, Spirituals, Work Songs, Chants, etc.) as the music that matters. This is the music that America and that the world has in common, that reflects history, social change, migration, hopes and dreams. www.mattwatroba.net

Jan. 7: Silent Movie Night, once again featuring Lynne Long on the piano.

Feb. 4: Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic America’s premier youth fiddling show band present an energetic and polished show that features a diverse range of music from American folk, fiddle, bluegrass, jazz, western swing, and Celtic traditions www.salinefiddlers.com

March 4: Dodworth Saxhorn Band is America’s Premier 19th Century Brass Band recreating the music and atmosphere of a 19th Century community brass band. www.dodworth.org

April 1: Christine Lavin Leave your worries at the doorstep and join Christine Lavin she presents a night of comedy unlike any other presenting her unique brand of clean and hilarious musical comedy to audiences across the US. www.christinelavin.com

May 6: Wild Carrot “…a whirlwind of Roots music forms, touching on Bluegrass, Country, swinging Jazz, Contemporary Folk and Celtic music …with a consistently masterful grace (and) flawless harmonies.” www.wildcarrot.net
Tickets are available as a series for $90 or individually at $12 each. Tickets are available at the door or at Beeker’s General Store or Contact Carol 419-287-4848 or carol@pembervilleoperahouse.org or visit: www.pembervilleoperahouse.org.

Sponsored in part by The Ohio Arts Council.

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