TAXI RIDE: Concert association hosts swing and pop standoutsPublished 8:07pm Wednesday, January 22, 2014
By JONATHAN ROWE
For the Daily News
A tornado of swing and pop music will take the stage on Monday at 7:30 p.m., when Locust Street Taxi, an eclectic pop group, performs at the Washington High School Performing Arts Center. This presentation is a part of the Beaufort County Concert Association’s 2013-2014 concert season.
Formed in 2001 at Centralia College in Washington State, Locust Street Taxi has given over 300 performances in addition to being featured on a number of Northwest radio and TV stations. Comprised of “three musical geniuses and a trombone player,” they have been compared to the likes of bands such as Sublime and Barenaked Ladies. Their show is considered to be an explosive, yet family-friendly piece of entertainment, appealing to audiences of all ages, especially kids. Kids will be admitted free if accompanied by parents or adults.
“They (Locust Street Taxi) have been around for 12 or 13 years and have an entertaining way about them,” said Larry Ahlman, chairman of the BCCA board. “It’s a different kind of music than the kids are used to.”
As part of their ongoing commitment to support arts education in the community, BCCA has sponsored a student-outreach performance with Locust Street Taxi. This presentation, in which over 800 kids are scheduled to attend from schools such as P.S. Jones Middle School and John Small Elementary, will be at 10 a.m. Monday.
“They communicate so well with the audience,” explained Jerrie Oughton, BCCA publicity chairman. “They are as crisp as an apple.”
The all-volunteer, non-profit organization prides itself as a place “Where National Meets Local” and is committed to building and maintaining a permanent concert audience for live performance in Beaufort, Hyde, Pitt, Pamlico and Martin Counties.
Individual tickets for this one-time performance in Washington can be bought at the door for $25. Season tickets for the entire five-concert series can be purchased for $50. Three of the five concerts remain in the 2013-2014 concert season. For additional information, visit the Beaufort County Concert Association’s website at www.gobcca.org or call 252-948-1431.