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Live in concert

Warren Concert Association season begins Saturday with Swon Brothers

Photo submitted to Times Observer The Swon Brothers.

With more than 70 years of offering world-class live musical performances to the community, the Warren Concert Association has scheduled five diverse and entertaining concerts for the 2019-2020 season.

The award-winning Swon Brothers open the season at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at Struthers Library Theatre. Siblings Colton and Zach Swon were the first duo to place as finalists on The Voice. They’ve been on the road with sell-out country music concerts across the country at festivals, racetracks, and concert halls.

Their music comes from their background as young musicians with their parents’ traveling gospel band. Once they heard the music of The Eagles, their inspiration to write their own songs and tour took off. Their songs like “This Town” spark memories of small towns, life experiences, and good times.

The second concert, on Friday, Nov. 1, features Juno Award nominees and Billboard charting band, The Sultans of String. This Canadian quartet of genre-hopping instrumentalists offers their own energetic take on Celtic reels, Flamenco, Gypsy Jazz, Arabic, Cuban, and South Asian rhythms. Their sound is enhanced with electronic wizardry to create layers and depths of sound.

December’s holiday concert will feature the talents and big band sound of The Dan Pugach Nonet and Nicole Zuraitis. Dan’s ability to create exceptional music with his mini-big band and Nicole’s hard-to-ignore voice with a remarkable range offer exceptional musical entertainment.

The Nonet Plus One includes Dan as drummer, Nicole as vocalist, and NYC-based musicians on trumpet, trombone, bass trombone, alto sax, tenor sax, baritone sax, guitar, and bass. The evening’s repertoire will include holiday favorites, Jazz, Folk, and Brazilian music. Dan and Nicole shared the Library Theatre stage several seasons ago when she was the vocalist/pianist and he was the drummer for EVA. Since then, they’ve collaborated on arrangements and attended the Grammys this year as nominees for their arrangement of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene.”

Just a few days after St. Patrick’s Day, on March 21, 2020, the Celtic roots group, RUNA, will perform at the Library Theatre. This quintet of Irish, Canadian, and American musicians blend haunting melodies and exuberant tunes of Ireland and Scotland with the harmonies and rhythms of Jazz, Bluegrass, Flamenco, and Blues.

In addition to their traditional and innovative Celtic sound, two of the band members are also performing step dancers.

Farewell Angelina appropriately closes out the season on April 24, 2020. This female foursome from Nashville came together after having spent time with independent careers. Since joining forces, they’ve performed for Thursday Night Football, at festivals in Europe and across the United States, and have opened for Old Dominion, Jake Owen, Kenny Chesney, Trace Adkins, and Maroon 5, and have toured with the Bacon Brothers.

Season subscriptions will be on sale at the Library Theatre before the Swon Brothers concert on Saturday, and will also be available from the Concert Association (warrenconcertassociation@gmail.com) until the November 1 concert. Each subscription includes one ticket dedicated to the Swon concert and five additional tickets that can be used for the four remaining concerts. Individual concert tickets will also be available at the box office on concert evenings and prior to events at local ticket selling locations.

All concerts will be held at Struthers Library Theatre and will begin at 7:30 p.m. Theatre doors open at 6:30 p.m. for ticket sales and festival-style seating.

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