Fall in love with big band music

The Lincoln Pops Orchestra will perform Big Band music this Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Lincoln City Cultural Center. (Courtesy photo)

Lincoln Pops to perform in Lincoln City

Looking for a way to score early Valentine’s Day points with your sweetheart? Bring him or her to the Lincoln City Cultural Center on Saturday, Feb. 9, for the annual celebration of romantic music and classics from the Great American songbook. The Lincoln Pops Orchestra, a 25-piece band that really knows how to swing, will be playing three sets of Big Band classics, from swing to samba and from foxtrot to polka. Come to dance or just sit and listen – the fun starts at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Advance tickets are $13 for individuals, $25 for two people (and LCCC members get $2 off). Included in the admission price is a long-stemmed flower for every lady, heart-shaped cookies, sweetheart décor and freshly made punch. Northwest beer and wine will be sold separately. To purchase tickets, head to lincolncity-culturalcenter.org (click “Buy Tickets”), call 541-994-9994, or drop by the LCCC Info Center, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday through Monday.

The Lincoln Pops Orchestra, also known as the Lincoln Pops Big Band, has been performing in Lincoln County for more than 30 years, evolving into one of the finest big bands in Oregon. A nonprofit organization, the Lincoln Pops is dedicated to preserving and passing along the heritage of the big band era. They’re inspired by Harry James, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Cole Porter, George and Ira Gershwin, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday and many more.

Led by trumpet artist John Bringetto, the 25-member Lincoln Pops plays all types of dance music, including swing, Latin and jazz tunes. Members include current and retired professional musicians, band directors, former high school and college players and even a few talented local high school students. Every big band needs a great vocalist; the Pops has four.

The band has a regular gig on the third Thursday of each month at Gleneden Beach Community Hall. To follow the Pops, become a friend on Facebook.

The Lincoln City Cultural Center is located within the historic Delake School at 540 NE Highway 101.