Residents of the Sandhills are being given the chance to hear the famed Preservation Hall Jazz Band in the smallest venue they will play all year, in Laurinburg.
Event organizers say the opportunity to be one of 220 people to see them in concert will only cost $25. But the price goes up next month.
Carol Lee, community coordinator for the Storytelling and Arts Center of the Southeast, said people have until July 5 to purchase early-bird tickets for the Oct. 12 concert. After July 5, each ticket is $30.
“Our first priority is to afford this remarkable opportunity to residents of Scotland County so please get your tickets early – and do tell your friends about it,” Lee said.
There will be two performances at the Storytelling & Arts Center in downtown Laurinburg. One performance will be at 6 p.m. and one will be at 8:30 p.m.
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, founded in 1961, gets its name from Preservation Hall, the tiny, but famous, building located in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter. Since 1963, the band has traveled worldwide spreading their mission to nurture and perpetuate the art form of New Orleans Jazz. This group has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, for British Royalty or the King of Thailand.
In April, 2011, they released a CD, American Legacies, with bluegrass legend Del McCoury and his band.
“This versatile group offers jazz, gospel, swing, and blues – something wonderful for almost everyone,” Lee said. “It is a special treat for us to welcome the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to our community.”
There is more about the band at its website www.preservationhall.com/band.
Box Office hours are 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday at The Storytelling & Arts Center, 131 South Main Street and by phone at 910-277-3599. Tickets are available online anytime at www.StoryArtsCenter.org.