Moms and grads invited to swing

Article Published: May. 6, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Moms and grads invited to swing

Silvio Martinat knows "it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing," and Friday you can learn all about it at the Broyhill Inn & Conference Center.

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"Dancing is almost required."

If Steve Frank says it, it must be true. After all, he's on the radio, as he'll tell you.
While not a dancer himself - "someone's got to play the music," he said - Frank is all about swing and hopes his energy is contagious.

If his name sounds familiar, it should. He's in four local bands in one capacity or another, and Friday, he'll be competing against his own radio show (The Great American Bandstand, 8 p.m. on Mix 102.3) when local swing sensation the Silvio Martinat Swing Band presents "Moms and Grads" at the Broyhill Inn & Conference Center.

"We're thinking this will be something for graduates ... wanting to take their moms out," he said.
The three-hour show is a perfect prelude to Appalachian State University's graduation, he said, sending graduates off on a high note.

Silvio Martinant has been a band "for about 22 years in some shape, form or another," and puts a different twist on local music.

"There are lots of bluegrass bands, but we're one of the few horn bands around," he said.

An avid sax player, Frank's not just tooting his own horn. He also can't say enough about guest singer Elizabeth Church from Wilkes County. Church is a vocalist at the North Carolina School for the Arts.

"There is nothing out of her range. She is the best female singer I have heard locally in forever," Frank said.

Expect to hear stuff you know, what those in the business call "standards," Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra tunes.

And, as Frank said, expect some dancing.

"There are people who know something about swing dancing who will be there," he said.

"Moms and Grads" also serves as a preview of coming attractions. You'll see that the Silvio Martinat Swing Band is the premiere street dance band at this year's Jones House Concert Series. They'll have a concert on the lawn series at 5 p.m. and we're setting up a street dance that starts at 6."

The lot will be cleared for dancers getting their summer swing on.

The Jones House Concert hits Boone June 4.

"We think it's great," he said. "[The Watauga County Arts Council] is breaking new ground with the street band format, and we think it's a great way to promote music in the High Country from a High Country-based band."

"Moms and Grads" happens Friday at 7 p.m. at the Broyhill Inn & Conference Center, located on Bodenheimer Drive on the Appalachian State University campus.

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