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Swingin Blues Stars up next on Ripon stage
The Swingin Blues Stars - photo by Photo Contributed

The Swingin’ Blues Star will highlight the next Ripon Arts League concert on Thursday, Nov. 21.

It is one of three remaining concerts for the 2013-14 season.

The cost of an individual Associate membership is $30. Additional membership categories cost between $100 and $1,000. A reciprocity agreement with Manteca’s Kindred Arts allows any RAL member to attend one concert spon­sored by Kindred Arts.

All concerts are held at the multi-use building at Ripon High School, usually on Tuesday or Thursday beginning at 7:30 p.m. For information about be­coming a member of RAL, call Jackie Ballatore at 599-3476.

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.

They sing and dance to “people-pleasing” music, mixing saucy and romantic World War II tunes that appeal to a variety of audiences, whether young or elderly. Their mission remains the same, however – bringing history to life for the audience. They love entertaining audiences just as the USO troops did in World War II. For many veterans in the audience, faded memories suddenly come into sharp focus when they launch into a rendition of “Rum & Coca-Cola” or “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.”

The other remaining concerts are:

•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.