Local professional musicians and singers will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at Waupaca Middle School.
The event is to raise funds for the WMS band program and the Waupaca International Cultural Exchange Committee.
“From Bourbon Street to Broadway” will feature jazz, pop, show tunes and contemporary music. The line up of performers will include the Mark Little Band, Amy Kurylo, Heather Eikenbary, Wanda Eikenbary, Ryan Tomski, Andrew Mertens, a Dixieland Combo and Bourbon Street Band.
Amy Kurylo is one of the featured performers. Her music and song writing could be considered adult contemporary as it is eclectic but hits a vein in main stream music. She has been inspired by the works of Harry Connick Jr., Mary Chapin Carpenter, Heart, Nora Jones, Amy Winehouse, Etta James, John Mayer and Sheryl Crow. Kurylo also performs with the Living Waters Band and the River Cities Jazz Band.
Ryan Tomski is a senior jazz performance major at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Tomski is an award-winning composer for jazz ensemble and choir. His musical horizons span beyond performance into composition and education (he currently has 13 beginning piano students). Tomski can be seen performing all over Wisconsin in various jazz and classical settings, as well as with the UWSP Jazz Ensemble and UWSP Jazz Combo.
Heather Eikenbary is a recent 2008 alumni of Waupaca High School. She is currently studying music at St. Olaf College in Minnesota. Eikenbary h recently had the roles of Belle in “Beauty and the Beast” and Johanna in “Sweeny Todd.”
Among the songs that will highlight the evening are “Bill Bailey,” “When the Saints Go Marching In,” “Basin Street Blues,” “The Lady is a Tramp,” “My Favorite Things,” “Puttin’ On The Ritz,” “They All Laughed,” “Almost Like Being in Love,” “The Recipe for Making Love,” “Miss Celie’s Blues,” and “The Wind Cries Mary.”
The program is free and open to the public with donations accepted at the door. The event is sponsored as a fundraiser for the Waupaca International Cultural Exchange Committee and the Waupaca Middle School music program.