Break out your good dancing shoes! This Monday January 13th was the the City of Lakeway’s first Big Band Bash of the year, and it was a packed house. Locals bee-lined to Lakeway Activity Center for the free dance and big brass tunes. Led by the talented and entertaining Lisa Clark and David Cummings, the Republic of Texas Big Band wowed crowds with their renditions of classics such as Georgia On My Mind, I Get a Kick Out of You, and more waltzes than you can handle.
The impressive 17-piece band, which has changed leadership and members throughout the years, is now comprised of 4 saxophones, 4 trombones, 5 trumpets, a guitar, piano, bass and drums. Singers Lisa Clark and David Cummings fill in for the vocals, and the rest is just details.
Lake Travis locals have been enjoying the evenings with the band for years, but there are always a few new faces and fresh dancers each event. By the end of the night, I made a handful of new friends, learned a few new dance steps to try with a fast waltz, and even got to hear a smattering of my favorite Frank Sinatra tunes.
It’s BYOB and you can bring snacks and wine or beer to keep the good times flowing, not to mention to replenish fluids after an hour or two on the dance floor. Stop by next time, the Big Band Bash happens every month on the second Monday at the Lakeway Activity Center.
The City of Lakeway’s Big Band Bash 2014 Schedule:
The second Monday of the month—doors open at 7:30pm
Feb. 10, March 10, April 14, May 12, June 9, July 14, Aug. 11, Sept. 8, Oct. 13, Nov. 10, & Dec. 8