COVID caution causes consternation, but the show goes on!
In a surprising show of solidarity, the Van Williamson Trio has agreed amongst themselves that their highly anticipated return to live performance at the Umpteenth Annual Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival will proceed as scheduled.
This is good news for the group’s many fans after a disappointing year in 2020 when many venues – and performers! – were reluctant to present live music. With good reason, no?
This year, despite the continued presence of that nasty little pathogen COVID-19 – and who even remembers COVID-18? – most venues are taking CDC-sanctioned precautions like mask recommendations, vaccinations obviously, and other things, e.g., don’t go out if you’re feeling sick! Should be obvious, but I’m sure you remember the H.L. Mencken comment.
So it’s with great pleasure that the trio – with Van on guitar and pedal board, Bob Abbott on bass, and Wes Crawford on drums – will once again foist their renditions of standard jazz tunes and other stuff from the Great American Songbook on a forewarned public. Foisting R Us!
Sure, nobody asked us to do this, but when has that stopped us from leaping into the breach? We’ll play music from Duke, Miles, Wayne, Jerome, Cole, Harold, and some funky versions of tunes from John Scofield, Freddie Hubbard, Earl Hagen, Santo and Johnny (maybe not so funky, but kinda fun), and Alexander Courage (the theme from “Star Trek,” as if you didn’t know). Lots of bossa, too, from Antonio Carlos Jobim, Luiz Bonfa, and Rodrigo Amarante (the theme from “Narcos”).
Yeah, the weather’s gonna be great, and you can quote me on that. Here’s our schedule: Friday, Oct. 15, Dos Locos, 1-4 p.m. and G Rehoboth, 6-9 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 16, Dos Locos, 1-4 p.m. and Arena’s Deli, 8-11 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 17, Back Porch Café, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
You can look up the addresses, right? Hope to see you there! Support Live Music! See the official 2021 Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival program, produced by Cape Gazette, at capegazette.com/center/2021-rehoboth-beach-jazz-festival/226733.