Jazz music with a side order of grilled ribeye, or thick cut pork chop with sides and dessert awaits guests at the first concert in the 2012 Roots Music Series at the Pioneer Museum in Fredericksburg on May 19.

Gates open at 5 p.m. for the first outdoor concert of the season. While waiting for the music to start, guests can enjoy a $10 meal with choice of grilled-to-order ribeye or pork chop, accompanied with green beans, potatoes, dinner roll, and peach cobbler.

The music begins at 6:30 with the Kris Kimura Quartet, one of Austin’s most respected groups. Their repertoire emphasizes swing a la the Nat Cole Trio, and they are equally adept on Bossa Nova, Latin jazz, Dixieland jazz, traditional jazz, classic jazz and bebop.

At 7:40 Los Jazz Vatos – a six-piece group featuring a full horn section – play crowd-pleasing polkas, cumbias, blues, Latin, soul, and hot swing. The group was formed by Grammy-winner and legendary drummer Ernie Durawa – of the Texas Tornados and Doug Sahm fame. The players feature some of Austin’s top players, and it is a rare event to see them all together on one stage.

Finishing the evening from 9:10 to the later end time of 10:30, The Magnificent 7 performs. Magnificent 7 is an Austin-based, hard-swinging, horn-driven band, that specializes in original arrangements of American swing music. Instrumentation includes four horns, bass, drums, guitar and female vocalist. They are a top performance group, but their music is also both danceable and listenable, covering swing, blues, and Latin styles.

Guests can purchase a meal and refreshments of wine, beer, sodas, and water. Parking is free. The Pioneer Museum is located at 325 West Main Street in Fredericksburg, with event entrance on Milam Street. All museum buildings will remain open until 7 p.m. for Roots guests.

Admission is $12. Students high school age and younger are free. A $2 discount is available for advance online ticket sales or web page printout at www.pioneermuseum.net.

Net proceeds support the mission of the Gillespie County Historical Society.

Upcoming concert dates and genres are:
June 23 – Swing Night
July 28 – Multi-Culture Night
Aug 18 – R&B/Blues Night
Sept 22 – American Decades Night

For information: 830-997-2835.

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