Civic Center

Posted on: July 14, 2016

The Sun Valley Jazz and Music Festival Kickoff Event Oct. 17-18

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The Sun Valley Jazz and Music Festival has partnered with the Nampa Civic Center to bring two nights of exceptional music and food: Creole Zydeco served up with Cajun food on Monday, Oct. 17, and classic swing jazz, wine and hors d'oeuvres on Tuesday, Oct. 18.

“It’s exciting to team up with Sun Valley Jazz and Music Festival and showcase exceptional talent at the Nampa Civic Center before moving on to Sun Valley for special events that same week,” Civic Center Director John Cantlon said. “The performances will be completely different and music lovers may want to buy tickets for each night.”

The Oct. 17 show will feature Creole Zydeco music, provided by Gator Nation, a high energy band representing the music of Southern Louisiana in all its forms from Cajun, Zydeco, and New Orleans style R & B. Not only will guests hear great music, but they can clap, stomp or dance to the lively music after a meal featuring Cajun food.

Bruce Innes will set the tone while guests enjoy classic Cajun food and cocktails from the Civic Center’s full-service caterer, Sodexo, with dinner starting at 5 p.m. Innes, an accomplished guitarist and songwriter, started performing professionally at age 11. The Canadian native moved to Sun Valley in 1998. In 1960, he formed the Big Sky Singers group and later formed the Original Caste, where he had the opportunity to collaborate with other artists, including John Denver, Mickey Gilley and Ray Stevens. Innes delights audiences with a large repertoire of original music, including “Jack Daniels, You Lied to Me Again.”

Guests on Oct. 18 will settle into a night of elegance with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and soul lifting classical jazz provided by the Midiri Brothers and their openers, Ellie and Kiley Shaw.

Joe and Paul Midiri are highly sought after swing-era sextet, are twin brothers who excel on reeds, drums, vibraphone, and trombone. They feature the music of what most people consider to be one of the best small jazz groups of all time, The Benny Goodman Sextet. You might also catch a Lionel Hampton tune or two. Tight arrangements and musical excellence make the Midiri Brothers a must-see. The show opens at 7 p.m. with Ellie and Kiley Shaw, presenting a high class revue of jazz music with the swinging sounds of the 30’s and 40’s.

“With this new partnership with the Sun Valley Jazz and Music Festival and the Nampa Civic Center, guests will witness quality events coming back to the Civic Center,” Cantlon said, adding his “goal is to deliver sheer delight at the Civic Center with quality entertainment, great food and beverage along with great service.”

Ticket packages and specials are available at www.nampaciviccenter.com or by calling the box office at 208-468-5500, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For approved photos or video content, contact David Smith at smithd@cityofnampa.us.

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