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From jazz to big band, season offers variety season

From the sounds of ABBA, jazz, big band music, fiddle and percussion music and the tunes of 1960s, the 2013-2014 Hastings Concert Association schedule is filled with entertainment.

All concerts are at the Hastings Middle School. Memberships are $115 for family, $50 for adult, and $20 for student. After May 31, prices increase by $5 per level.

Shoop is the kick-off group - 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14. Shoop is a vocal jazz group that puts a new twists on old standards with a sound that is a nod to The Manhattan Transfer and the New York Voices. The group has five vocalists. Individually, the singers have performed around the Twin Cities area in local groups such as Harmonic Relief, 5th Avenue and the Minnesota Zephyr Cabaret Singers.

Goldwing Express will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8. Three Native Americans and their father make up the group. Part of their performance is dedicated to their individual heritage. This family show originated in Okmulgree, Okla., with the family now residing in Branson, Mo. Their music is bluegrass, country and gospel.

The Classic Big Band and the Nostalgics are in concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10.

This 17-piece band is dedicated to preserving the original sounds of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Harry James and other great big bands of the swing era. The Nostalgics quartet recreates the close harmony of the 1940s vocal groups such as the Modernaires.

A "Tribute to Abba" is a tribute to the Swedish pop group, ABBA. It will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. This is a scripted show with dialogue that moves the show from song to song and highlights some of the more important aspects of the original quartet.

Everything Fitz is a family band featuring the high energy fiddle and percussive step dancing of four of Canada's finest young musicians. They are in concert at 7 p.m. Friday, March 21, 2014. Their unique stage show combines a variety of music styles-- traditional jigs, bluegrass, jazz, Celtic and gospel.

"The Sirens of the 60s" - Colleen Raye, Debbie O'Keefe and Katie Gearty - bring their talents to the stage on April 19, 2014, to perform classic 60s tunes from the female artists of that era. The audience can sing along, even dance to the popular tunes.

For more information, contact Mary Rohr at 651-437-8205 or Carrol Tammen at 651-437-9206.