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Ripon Arts League opens season with music of Jason Coleman
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The Ripon Arts League is offering five concerts for the 2013-14 season.

Membership comes from Ripon, Escalon, Salida, Manteca and Modesto. Average attendance for a concert is between 350 and 450 members and guests. Memberships can be transferred to friends or relatives if a member is unable to attend a concert.

The cost of an individual Associate membership is $30. Additional membership categories cost between $100 and $1,000 and each membership category entitles the member to a range of memberships from 2 to 20. A reciprocity agreement with Manteca’s Kindred Arts allows any RAL member to attend one concert sponsored by Kindred Arts.

Although the Ripon Arts League is a membership organization, an individual may join at any time during the year. A person can either call the number below and request a membership packet or come to one of the concerts and complete the membership process there. The membership is good for all remaining concerts on the schedule.

All programs are held at the multi-use building at Ripon High School, usually on Tuesday or Thursday beginning at 7:30 p.m. For more information about the programs in the 2013-14 series, call Joe O’Leary at 599-3223. For information about becoming a member of RAL, call Jackie Ballatore at 599-3476.

JASON COLEMAN: The Legacy of Floyd Cramer (Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013): Jason made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry at age 17, accompanying country music legend Hank Locklin on the song “Please Help Me, I’m Falling,” originally recorded by his grandfather Floyd Cramer more than 40 years prior. 

TOMRIGNEY & FLAMBEAU (Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013): Tom Rigney and Flambeau specializes in Cajun and zydeco two-steps, low-down blues, funky New Orleans grooves, and heartbreakingly beautiful ballads and waltzes.

THE SWINGIN’ BLUE STARS (Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013): The Swingin’ Blue Stars is a group comprised of four talented singers from the East Bay area. They perform close harmony, swing style music made popular by 1940’s female vocal groups such as the Andrews Sisters..

KNIGHT SOUNDS (Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014): The band’s main function is to play Big Band Era music for dances, although they do continue to play local festivals and special events.

RICHARD GLAZIER (Tuesday, March 25, 2014): Every artist has an epiphany. For classically-trained, award-winning pianist Richard Glazier, it happened at age nine, when he saw the film “Girl Crazy” with a score by George & Ira Gershwin.