LACONIA — From the syncopated heart of New Hampshire, the Tall Granite Big Band carries on its swing tradition, Texas style, on Saturday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. The 18-member band has its roots in Texas with music collected over seven decades by the late Houston bandleader Johnny Dyson. The Dyson band’s early repertoire included classics from Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Perez Prado, Duke Ellington, Harry James, and other greats. But Dyson also worked closely with Texas arrangers including Don Elam and Fred Baetge, and over time his bands acquired unique material reflecting the vital “Third Coast” culture and its Blues and Latin influences, which help distinguish Tall Granite today. Today, our members are drawn from around the Granite State and our focus – as it was in Dyson’s day -- remains on dancing! Our Pitman’s Dance Nights typically are prefaced with a complimentary Swing dance lesson from area instructors to help everyone acquire or brush up their moves! So if you're done with dueling banjos or screaming guitars, grab your two-tone shoes, slick back that hair, join us at the excellent Pitman’s Freight Room and swing and sway or just relax to the Tall Granite Big Band's smokey horns and unique sound!
Admission is $20. Free dance lesson before the show from 7 – 8 p.m.. Doors open at 6 p.m.
For reservations, call 527-0043.
The Tall Granite Big Band comes to Pitman's Freight Room in Laconia Sept. 16. (Courtesy photo)