The Brave Combo Summer Breeze Concert, originally scheduled May 20 but postponed due to weather, has been rescheduled for Sunday, July 8 in Norman’s Lions Park at the corner of Symmes and Flood. The free concert begins at 7:30 PM. Bring seating, refreshments, and your dancing shoes for a great evening of music in the park.
Two-time Grammy award winners, Brave Combo has perfected a world music mix that includes salsa, meringue, rock, cumbia, conjunto, polka, zydeco, classical, cha cha, the blues and more. They are America’s Premier Dance band and a rollicking, rocking, rhythmic global journey — offering what one critic recently wrote, “Even if you come for the party, you’ll leave with something of a musical education.”
Keyboardist, guitarist, accordionist, and singer Carl Finch founded the band in 1979. Alongside Finch for most of Brave Combo’s 30 years has been multi-instrumentalist Jeffrey Barnes, who joined in 1983. Barnes is known for his lively and imaginative stage wear, as well as playing an array of reeds and woodwinds, harmonica, pennywhistle, guitars, you name it, sometimes in multiple, simultaneous combinations. Rounding out the current line-up are trumpet player Danny O’Brien, drummer Alan Emert and Little Jack Melody on electric bass.
Summer Breeze Concerts are produced by the Performing Arts Studio and are made possible in part by grants from the Norman Arts Council, the Oklahoma Arts Council, and from businesses and individuals including: Michael Miller; Jamie Belknap, DDS, Norman Smile Center; Andi Berry, Wyoming Art Therapy; Skye Diers, Gingerbread Nursery School; and Republic Bank and Trust. Additional support comes from Cardinal Engineering; David Fries Roofing; Tom McAuliffe – Don Cies Real Estate; Old Republic Title Company of Oklahoma; The Spirit Shop; Dale Wares – Wares Properties; The Earth Natural Foods; The Montford Inn; and City of Norman Parks and Recreation Department. For more information: Performing Arts Studio, 405-307-9320, www.pasnorman.org.