Tonight we moseyed on down to Minden Park to catch the first of the Concerts in the Park summer series that the Carson Valley Inn is putting on. The music this time was provided by the John Jorgenson Quintet, a rolicking good “hot jazz” combo that reminded me a lot of the Squirrel Nut Zippers. Three guitars, an upright bass, and a fiddle, playing swinging music that sounded like it came right out of the 30’s.
They also played a couple of jazz standards, and a few French jazz songs. Luckily there were no words on those.
In all they played two sets, about 45 minutes each. I overheard a couple of teenage girls talking about how good the music was, so for a bunch of old fogies playing a 70-year old set list, that’s the real seal of approval. Definitely a band to check out!
This Concerts in the Park series continues all summer, with four more shows to go:
- June 24th – Playa Papaya
- July 8th – Crazy Texas Gypsies
- July 29th – an old favorite of mine, Mumbo Gumbo!
- August 26th – Michael Powers Group
All shows are at 6:30pm. So if you ever find yourself in Minden on a Friday night, you know what to do!