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Big Band coming to town

The Big Band sound of In The Mood comes to the Tri-Cities on Oct. 26.

The show features a theatrical swing revue that honors the kickin' sounds of those Big Band legends like Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Harry James, Erskin Hawkins, The Andrews Sisters, Frank Sinatra and others.

In The Mood takes the audience on a journey back in time when Americans were getting ready to go to war with Germany and Japan. It was during the early 1900s that swing was born. Music really started to pick up tempo with more jazzy gusto, and small chamber music ensembles were branching into larger bands. Hence the Big Band era.

Those who remember the middle of the last century don't need an introduction to Big Band music. But anyone under the age of 40 might not have a clue about the dynamics of music back then.

Unless, of course, young music fans of the 21st century have caught Christina Aguilera's music video, Candyman. It's a takeoff of The Andrews Sisters' tune Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, which was a wartime radio song about a virtuoso trumpet player. The song was a major hit for the Andrews Sisters and became an iconic World War II tune.

The National Archives in Washington, D.C., first brought In The Mood to audiences when it commemorated the 50th anniversary of World War II in 1995.

The show is a revue of the true spirit of the 1940s, complete with a big band, a trio of sister singers and more dancers than you can count.

In the Mood also stops at Yakima's Capitol Theatre at 8 p.m. Oct. 25.

The show runs about two hours with one 15-minute intermission. It's recommended for all ages.

*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; doneal@tricityherald.com

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