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Cabaret star gives free concert in SL

Monday, June 24, 2002

Songs and stories of the Swing Era come alive when one of the nation's most celebrated cabaret singers headlines a free concert in Storm Lake on June 29.

Cool jazz singer Smitty will perform the concert that will feature her gentle wit and convey the energy and sentiment of the Swing Era.

Known for her silky smooth voice-"If silk could sing, this is what it would sound like" (The Nantucket Beacon)-cool jazz singer Smitty will be joined in concert by Dr. Justin Miller, who tells the stories behind the songs, and five world-class musicians who hail from New York and New Orleans, Philadelphia, Denver, and Houston.

Storm Lake is one of 16 communities chosen to host "Swing Small Town America," a musical tour across Iowa that celebrates small town life. The musical tour is co-sponsored by Hometown Perry, Iowa, a developing museum that celebrates the immigrant experience and small town life. The tour underscores the importance of the memories and stories associated with communities in all comers of Iowa.

Smitty and her world-class sestet have created an original show that features songs and stories with themes related to the Midwestern experience. The "Swing Small Town America" concert will include special arrangements of songs such as Route 66, Rock Island Railroad, Wayfaring Stranger, and I'm Gonna Go Fishing.

Smitty has performed in more than 2,000 shows featuring songs and stories of the Swing Era, in nightclubs and theaters from New York to San Francisco and on cruise ships around the world. Among these is a recent engagement at the Cinegrill, the famed Los Angeles nightclub in the restored Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, where Frank Sinatra and Katherine Hepburn were frequent guests.

The Storm Lake concert is scheduled for Saturday, June 29, at 7:30 p.m. at the Sunset Park Bandshell. The concert is free and open to the public. Buena Vista University is one of the cosponsors of the musical event. For more information, contact BVU's Bethany Larson at (712) 749-2401.