On Tuesday, Aug. 13, the Summer Concert Series features Swing Delivery at Assembly of God Church at noon. This perennial favorite returns with a concert of music from the Big Band Era, including such hits as Sentimental Journey and Satin Doll. The group has been in existence since 2000, when Jim Mason and a small group of musicians who enjoyed big band music started the group. Gradually, more instrumentalists and charts were added, a name was chosen, and it evolved into a 12-piece Swing Band. Members of the band are from the Deer River, Coleraine and Grand Rapids areas. Swing Delivery plays for many events including wedding receptions, community celebrations, private parties and fundraisers.
The year 2019 marks the 18th season for the Tuesday Summer Concert Series. Local churches offer their space for the concert and the musicians donate their time and talent. The goal of the series is to support local musicians while providing an entertaining break each week of the summer. It is also an opportunity to see local musicians outside their usual setting: Music instructors are performing rather than directing, church musicians switch from sacred to swing, and new duets and combos are formed to showcase talent. Each summer features a mix of familiar favorites and new performers. The organizing committee has the challenging and joyful task of matching performers to available dates when there is a bountiful group of talented musicians willing to appear. The committee is compiling a list of “possibles” for next summer and know that for some the message will be, “perhaps next year.” The area is truly blessed with talent.
Each Tuesday, the host church serves a delicious lunch for a fee with that money going to the church, sometimes for their own needs and sometimes for a community cause such as Grace House. The concerts are free but do display the “free-will” basket for donations. Money raised goes to support the expenses of the series and for a scholarship for an area music student who has completed at least two years of undergraduate studies. The scholarship award will be at the last concert of the season on Aug. 27 at Grand Rapids Alliance Church.