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Auburn welcomes The Cab Calloway Orchestra on Sunday | Entertainment calendar

Chris Calloway Brooks and the Cab Calloway Orchestra deliver the authentic sound of a hot jazz orchestra and a snazzy stage style - bringing out a jump, blues and boogie experience of
Chris Calloway Brooks and the Cab Calloway Orchestra deliver the authentic sound of a hot jazz orchestra and a snazzy stage style - bringing out a jump, blues and boogie experience of 'Swing that is king and jive that's alive.'
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For the Reporter

The heir to "Hi-De-Ho," Chris Calloway Brooks leads a 12-piece orchestra with charismatic showmanship, irresistible rhythms and red-hot lyrics that the Cab Calloway Orchestra has been famous for since the 1920s.

The legendary orchestra comes to the Auburn Performing Arts Center for a 2:30 p.m. performance on Sunday, April 6.

Chris Calloway Brooks, the grandson of the great band leader, Cab Calloway, and the orchestra deliver the authentic sound of a hot jazz orchestra and a snazzy stage style, ringing out the jump, blues and boogie experience of swing and jive.

The orchestra continues to delight audiences nationally from the historic jazz club "Birdland" in New York City to jazz and other venues throughout the country.

Using the Calloway bands original vintage orchestrations as a starting point, coupled with the awesome musicians who have played with this big band for decades, The Cab Calloway Orchestra creates the authentic unforgettable sensation of a modern jazz orchestra in full flight.

Calloway Orchestra favorites include "Minnie the Moocher (Hi-De-Ho)," "Stormy Weather," "It Ain't Necessarily So," and "Geechie Joe."


Show time

• What: Bravo presents the Cab Calloway Orchestra

• When: 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 6

• Where: Auburn Performing Arts Center, 206 E St. NE.

• Tickets: $15, $17. Call Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation at 253-931-3043, Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to noon, or order online at


Auburn-area entertainment calendar


Auburn Avenue Theater, 10 Auburn Ave.  Call Auburn Parks, Arts & Rec  at 253-931-3043, Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-noon, or online at

Randy Linder’s CCR Tribute: 7:30 p.m. April 12. Randy Linder’s authenticity shines through with the visual resemblance, the voice, the lead guitar style and even the rockin’ blues harp played by John Fogerty in some of those early CCR hits. Tickets: $17 regular; $15 students, seniors.

Ave Kids, Willy Wonka Jr.:  7 p.m. April 18, 19; 2 p.m. April19. Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka Jr. tells the zany musical tale of Willy Wonka and his challenge to the children who love his chocolate. Tickets: $8.

Free Fourth Friday Movies: 8 p.m. April 25, “Airplane!” (PG; 1980). Free tickets available at the door only, doors open one hour prior to showtime. Limited to 250 people.

April Comedy at the Ave: 7:30 p.m. April 26. Three comedians in one night. Recommended for ages 18 and older. Tickets: $17 regular; $15 students, seniors.

Groove For Thought: 7:30 p.m. May 3. Performing classic tunes in a jazz style unlike anything you’ve ever heard, the group combines the swinging style of The Manhattan Transfer with the smooth sounds of Take 6. Tickets: $20 regular; $18 student, seniors.

Mackapalooza: 8 p.m. May 10. Mack 9 Music Group hosts Palooza, a concert and single release party featuring Northwest artists Alice Stuart, Kim Archer, Charles Mack, Michael Perez, Josephine Howell, Eric Robert, Joel Tipke and from Chicago, Mark Mack. Tickets: $25-$35. For more information, visit


APAC, 206 E St. NE, Call Auburn Parks, Arts & Rec  at 253-931-3043, Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-noon, or online at

Cab Calloway Orchestra: 2:30 p.m. April 6. Swaying to the irresistible rhythm and singing hi-de-ho. You’ll be echoing the King himself, Cab Calloway, as he thrusts his baton into the air, and in his Zoot Suit, jumps, twirls and signals to the band to begin another joyous chorus. Tickets: $17 regulars. $15 students, seniors.

Auburn Symphony Orchestra, “The Farewell”: 7:30 p.m. April 26, 2:30 p.m. April 27, Auburn Performing Arts Center,  206 E St. NE. Program: Symphony No. 9 (Shostakovich); Kol Nidrei (Bruch), featuring ASO’s principal cello Brian Wharton; Symphony No. 45 (Haydn) “The Farewell”. Conductor Stewart Kershaw and KUOW host Dave Beck present free pre-concert lectures (6:45 p.m. April 26, 1:45 p.m. April 27), focusing on the composers and their works.  Tickets: Reserved seats, $34 adults, $27 seniors, $10 students. Call 253-887-7777 or purchase online at

31st annual Scholarship Show: 8 p.m. May 17, Auburn Performing Arts Center, 206 E St. NE. Featuring Thompson Square.  Sponsored by the Auburn Rotary Club and KMPS 94.1. Proceeds benefit the Auburn Rotary Scholarship Fund. Tickets: $40 balcony, $50 mezzanine, $60 orchestra. To order, call 206-628-0888 or

BYU Singers: 7:30 p.m. May 1. Blending creative staging and vocal arrangements in an innovative framework, the Brigham Young University Singers present a captivating performance of vocal music.  Performed by 40 graduate and undergraduate students, the program ranges from classical to international folk music and Broadway show tunes which enthralls audiences of every kind. Tickets: $15 regular; $12 students, seniors.

Dance Magic: 7 p.m. May 30, 2 p.m., 7 p.m. May 31. Enjoy the intensity of the tango, the grace of the waltz and the spark of Latin dances at Pacific Ballroom Dance’s annual concert. Tickets: $10-$18. For more information, contact Heather Longhurst at 206--914-9795 or or visit Order online at


Classical Connoisseur, Pairing of music and wine: 7 p.m. April 5, Auburn Golf Course, 29630 Green River Road SE. Classical music performed by the Auburn Symphony Orchestra, paired with tastes of specially selected fine wines. Limited seating. Tickets: $35. Call 253-931-3043 or order  at

“Ghost Towns of the Wild West”: 6:30-8:30 p.m. April 6, Auburn Riverside Theater, 501 Oravetz Road. A film by travel filmmaker Gray Warriner. Gold fever ignited one of the greatest mass migrations in the world. Wagon trains and fortune seekers headed for the gold fields in California, Nevada, Colorado, Montana and virtually all points west. Visit real ghost towns built by brave pioneers who endured danger, loneliness and extreme temperatures to pursue their dreams. Tickets: $15 adults, kids 6-18 free. For more information, visit

A Little Princess Theater Production: 1 and 6 p.m. April 12, Faith Church Auditorium, 25636 140th Ave. SE, Kent. The Garden Christian Co-op presents a theatrical production for the family. $3 suggested donation. Tickets available at the door. For more information, contact Laura Belvin at 253-874-0308 or

“Sound of Music”: 7:30 p.m. May 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, Messiah Lutheran Church, 805 Fourth St. NE, Auburn. Classic musical for the entire family. Admission: $10 seniors and children, $12 adults, Friday dinner show $30. For more information, contact Laura Kniss at 253-833-5280 or

Poetry at The Station Bistro: 7-10 p.m., first Wednesdays of each month, Bistro, 110 Second St. SW, Suite 125, Auburn. Poets featured at the open mic venue. Presented by The Station Bistro, the Northwest Renaissance, Auburn Striped Water Poets. Open to poets of every age and skill level. For more information, contact

Jazz series:: 6-9 p.m., Saturdays, Auburn Wine and Caviar Company, 2402 A St. SE, Auburn. Saxophone and flute master Mark Lewis performs each week with a different featured guest musician – or two – from around the region. No cover. For more information, call 253-887-8530.

Music at The Station Bistro: 6-9 p.m., Saturdays, 110 Second St. SW, Suite 125, Auburn. • April 26 program: Dan Duval Trio, vibraphone, guitar and bass, performing jazz standards and original compositions. 253-735-1399,

Zola’s Cafe: Live music every Friday, 7-9 p.m., 402 E. Main St., Suite 120. Open mic on the last Wednesday of the month. For information, contact Sonia Kessler at the cafe at 253-333-9652.

Cadet training

“Seussical The Musical”: 7-9 p.m. May 15, 27, 29; June 2, 3, 4, 5, Auburn Avenue Theater, 10 Auburn Ave. Cadets will be taught song and dance and be a part of the Auburn Community Players cast of “Seussical The Musical” set for nine performances – June 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 20 and 21. Fee: $125, includes instruction and space at Children’s Dance Theater studios. Bri Selin instructs kids from 2:30-4:30 p.m. on April 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17. Call 253-931-3043.



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