This morning’s rain was just a memory by the time the West Seattle Big Band opened its annual Hi-Yu Festival Concert in the Park tonight at Hiawatha. Excellent, eclectic program … preceded by West Seattle’s Most Famous Politician, who said a few things about his home ‘hood’s annexation centennial and noted a new commemorative tree and plaque on the south side of the community center. We caught a more interesting scene on the sidelines pre-concert, which we would have liked to have dubbed the dog ‘n’ pony show if only a canine had been present:
Then, the tunes. This was the first time we’ve ever seen/heard the WS Big Band, a volunteer group which donates its time and money to promote music in public schools.
More pix and notes from the concert, plus your next chance to catch the WSBB, after the click:
A nice-sized crowd dotted the huge lawn on the east side of Hiawatha Community Center to enjoy the evening; most fun to watch were the toddlers and preschoolers who danced, applauded, and generally reveled in it all.
The WSBB’s program included unusual arrangements of some fabled tunes – a swing version of JP Sousa’s “Stars & Stripes Forever,” we kid you not – and the “Tonight Show” arrangement of Glenn Miller’s big band classic “In the Mood.” Our other favorites from the performance included Chick Corea’s “La Fiesta,” Chuck Mangione’s “Children of Sanchez,” and just about everything sung by their guest vocalist, Elizabeth Hott from The Kings of Swing (shown here with WSBB keyboardist Brooke Yool):
You can catch the WS Big Band on July 29 at the Ballard Locks. They were also joined tonight by Hi-Yu leaders and court members, who want you to know that besides the American Legion Grand Parade this Saturday morning (preceded by the Kids’ Parade), Hi-Yu fun continues with the Kids’ Fun Festival on Friday at Hiawatha, noon-3 pm, during which time the Junior Court will be coronated (1 pm); a Community Brunch 9 am-noon Sunday at American Legion Post #160; and the Miss West Seattle Hi-Yu coronation next Monday night @ Fauntleroy Community Church.