View Full Version : New Orleans' Exciting "Loose Marbles" Street Band Coming to Pensacola

07-27-2010, 06:27 PM
Get ready for a party, New Orleans style! An exciting evening of jazz is set for the Jazz Society of Pensacola's semi-annual fundraising event, “JazzFest Goes On”. The event will take place on Saturday, August 7, 2010, from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm in the Phineas Phogg’s Room at Seville Quarter, in partnership with Concert Systems Production Group of Pensacola.

The Loose Marbles is a New Orleans based group focusing on the preservation of traditional jazz and the development of the music and dance culture in New Orleans and surrounding areas.

The group has been in existence since 2000 and is led by Ben Polcer (trumpet and Time Machine) and Michael Magro (clarinet). Ben is a University of Michigan Music School graduate and son of Ed Polcer who played cornet at Eddie Condon’s club in New York in the 70’s and has played for the Jazz Society with his New York band several times. Instrumentation in the ever-changing make-up of the band can include clarinet, guitar, washboard, banjo, accordion, tuba and/or string bass. Maschiya Lake sings songs from Bessie Smith’s “Send me to the ‘Letric Chair to “On a Coconut Island.”

In New Orleans the group is known as a “street” band that also plays at Preservation Hall, French Quarter Fest, The Ultimate Lindy hop showdown, Sacramento JF, New Orleans Jazz Fest and the local music spots like The Spotted Cat and Fritzels jazz pub in New Orleans. The group has been described as “an amorphous krewe of gypsy, hobo, trad jazz, street punk players, whose tight, energizing style can make even the most leaden dancer…come to life.” Videos of the group can be viewed on YouTube.com.

Proceeds from this event go to support the 28th Annual Pensacola JazzFest, to be held April 2-3, 2011. Presented free to the community, the JazzFest is possible only through the support of our membership and guests at events like this as well as the generous donations received throughout the year.

Admission to “JazzFest Goes On” is $20.00 per person in advance and $25.00 at the door. Admission for students with ID is $5.00 at the door. Advance tickets are available at JSOP events, Seville Quarter, Reynalds Music and Dollarhide’s Music and Sound, as well as the JSOP office. Tickets may be purchased with Visa, Mastercard or Discover card by calling the office during office hours (Tues.-Fri. 9 am - 1 pm). More information is available at www.jazzpensacola.com (http://www.jazzpensacola.com), or call the JSOP office at 850-433-8382.