Bourbon Street Parade opens 2011 Penn Yan Concert season

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
Bourbon Street Parade open the Penn Yan Concert series on June 29.

The 2011 Summer Concerts on the Courthouse Lawn  will begin Wednesday, June 29.  For eight consecutive Wednesdays, the Yates County courthouse lawn will be filled with music that will entertain and fulfill many tastes. The Yates County Courthouse is located on Court and Liberty Streets in Penn Yan.

A familiar and well-loved band will kick off the first concert on June 29 starting at 6:30 p.m.  Bourbon Street Parade, a popular Dixieland jazz band, was formed in 1967 when the players were youthful businessmen.  They played with such intensity and love for the music that soon the band was appearing regularly at many of Rochester’s golf and social clubs as well as taverns and weddings.  

They were regularly accused of having more fun than anyone else in the room.  That may have been true, but it just made the music sound better.

The musicians may have aged and added a few gray hairs, but the band is still passionate about their music.  There are a few personnel changes, but the group continues to showcase the Dixieland and jazz sounds, familiar songs from hymnals, Broadway shows, New Orleans jazz, and any music with a swinging jazz beat or a bluesy sound.  

The six-member band comprises of bass guitar, trumpet, clarinet, drums, piano and trombone. Their regular fare includes such standards as Tin Roof Blues, Basin Street Blues, Hello Dolly, and Just A Closer Walk with Thee.  

The concert is free and open to the public for its enjoyment.  Bring your own lawn chair, as this is an outdoor concert and no other seating is provided.  

In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held inside the adjoining Baptist Church where amenities are provided.  The Baptist Church will provide a concession stand where you can purchase a light meal of hamburgers or hotdogs prior to the opening of the concert.  Intermission sales will be provided by the Kiwanis Club of Penn Yan, and a goodwill offering will be collected during intermission.  

There’s plenty of free parking and hospitality.