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Swing dance the night away in Palisade June 29

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WHAT: The Frank Bregar Orchestra with Krystyn Hartman

WHEN: Saturday, June 29; gates 6:30 p.m., show 7:30

WHERE: Grande River Vineyards, 787 Elberta Ave., Palisade

COST: $15 advance; $20 at the door. Tickets available in Grand Junction at Fisher’s Liquor Barn or Roper Music. Season tickets to all eight concerts are also available for $143, and come with a slew of perks!

INFO: 970-464-5867; granderiverwines.com

Concert-goers might want to bring their dancing shoes Saturday night to Grande River Vineyard’s first concert of the summer featuring the Frank Bregar Orchestra, with vocalist Krystyn Hartman.

In addition to big-band classics by Glen Miller and Tommy Dorsey, and more jazzy numbers by Count Basie and Woody Herman, the band performs an array of danceable music, including blues, rock and country.

“We do a mixed bag,” band leader Frank Bregar said, “for a wide range of ages” — from high school kids to people in their 80s.

Expect to hear some classic rock and roll, such as “Mustang Sally” and “Proud Mary, as well as a few Latin/salsa tunes and a waltz.

“I may throw in a polka,” as well, Bregar said. “I grew up with polka. My mom and dad had a polka band for 60 years” in Pueblo.

The band “may even perform a tune from the country swing band Asleep at the Wheel,” Bregar said.

Bregar has led big bands since 1972. After moving to Grand Junction in the early 1980s, he began playing with local musicians and in 1987 formed the band, Men of Music.

When Krystyn Hartman started singing with the band four years ago, Bregar changed the group’s name to the Frank Bregar Orchestra.

“We’ve added quite a few female vocals,” Bregar said.

On Saturday, Hartman will sing songs by Queen Latifah, Billie Holiday, KD Lang, Shaun Murphy and Diane Schuur.

The band will also perform a few songs from the “Jump Swing” big bands of Brian Setzer (“Jump, Jive and Wail”) and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (“Zoot Suit Riot”).

The 11-member band includes two alto saxophones, two tenor saxophones, two trumpets, one trombone, a piano, bass and drums. Bregar plays tenor sax and sings.

The concert is the first of Grande River’s “Hear it through the Grapevine” series, with each show benefiting a local nonprofit organization.

Saturday’s concert is a benefit for Western Slope Food Bank of the Rockies — a cause that Hartman feels strongly about.

“The food bank supplies so many agencies in the Grand Valley; the opportunity to partner with them in this fundraiser means everything to us,”Hartman said. “We hope people will come out and enjoy the music.”

“They’re a really good big band. It’s such a treat for me to be a part of such a bundle of talent!”

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