LOGAN — The Nostalgics, Lancaster Ohio’s 18-piece jazz orchestra and dance band, was formed more than 30 years ago as an offshoot of the Olivedale Senior Center Concert Band.
In addition to playing for popular dance nights at Olivedale, the band plays at area dance halls for those who like to dance to the ballads and rhythms of live music.
Proud to be a unique community resource, this swinging musical ensemble has performed at many Lancaster and Fairfield County venues, in addition to performing in Logan several times on the lawn of The Bowen House and at Worthington Park.
The Nostalgics band features musical arrangements from the Big Band Swing Era, including hits recorded by Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Harry James, Les Brown, Woody Herman, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and others. Also included in the band’s repertoire are well-known pop, rock, blues, Broadway, and movie songs.
The band’s musicians include school music program educators, professional musicians, community leaders and former U.S. Military musicians. In aggregate, these musicians bring more than 600 years playing experience to this swinging ensemble.
The band is happy to be returning to the gazebo in Worthington Park to entertain lovers of big band music.
Concerts run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Concertgoers should plan to bring lawn chairs or blankets as park seating is limited. Concerts will generally occur rain or shine except in the event of extreme weather.
Volunteers from the Hocking Hills Inspire Shelter group will once again offer sandwiches, sides, snacks and desserts by donation; participants can bring their own picnics. Alcohol is not permitted in the city park nor is smoking, except on the perimeter of the park.
The free concerts are brought to the community by the generosity of sponsors such as businesses, civic organizations, merchants, individuals and others, in addition to donations from those attending the concerts. All the donations are greatly valued and enable this popular program to keep going from year to year!
For additional information, contact concert coordinators, Keith and Liza Conner, at 740-385-0694.
The season schedule is as follows:
July 19 — Saving Grace Gospel
July 26 — The Wayfarers
Aug. 2 — Hocking River String Band (new this year)
Aug. 9 — The Van Dykes
Aug. 16 — Coal Cave Hollow Boys (new this year)
Aug. 23 — Bandana Rhythm (new this year)