The Last Resort brings a touch of Dixieland

Editor’s Note: This is Part 4 of a series featuring the 10 bands performing during the inaugural Lock Haven Jazz and Art on Main Street festival on Saturday, Aug. 20.

LOCK HAVEN -The Last Resort draws its repertoire from the roots of jazz and features three horns in the front line backed by a three-piece rhythm section. You’ll have an opportunity to see the six-member ensemble live from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20 in downtown Lock Haven – for free!

The Last Resort is one of 10 musical acts to perform during the day of fun and music, a.k.a. the Lock Haven Jazz and Art on Main Street (LH JAMS) festival, when nine straight hours of music will be offered in downtown venues. This one, however, can stroll!

The Dixie band – a local favorite – was formed in 1957, at one point practicing at Caprio’s Barber Shop, then located where Sweeney’s Floral Shop is today. Original band members included Lou Lantz on cornet and vocals, Pete Sweitzer on trombone, Don Dorey on saxophone, Jay Caprio on guitar, Jim Remick on bass and John Neidrick on drums.

Of the original members, Caprio is the only one to continue performing in the band to this day. He plays alongside Dave Sorgen on trumpet, Glenn Honsterman on trombone and vocals, Jim Chapman on saxophone, Phil Reeder on bass and vocals, and Pete DeSanto on drums.

The band’s repertoire includes traditional Dixieland jazz and American songbook. The Last Resort has performed at various events in Clinton County and beyond, including the Clinton County Fair, St. Agnes/Holy Spirit Parish Festival, and Sentimental Journey Fly-In, as well as other local festivals, clubs, weddings and private parties.

Reeder, who began performing as a member of The Last Resort in the early 1990s, said two of the original members – Lantz and Sweitzer – had toured with national big bands in the 1950s.

He is excited to bring a touch of Dixieland to the LH JAMS festival.

“Back in the 1990s there was a very active jazz scene in the area. The Clinton County Friends of Jazz brought various performing groups to the area as well as held an annual picnic at the Sons of Italy Campground featuring local jazz ensembles,” Reeder said. “The Last Resort was a big part of that scene, and my hope would be that the LH JAMS festival revives and continues that interest. Our Dixieland style of jazz goes back to the very beginning of this music, and I’m glad it will be represented at this inaugural festival.”

While the fun downtown takes place Saturday, the fun really begins Friday evening, with the Art & All That Jazz Reception from 7 to 9:30. The fundraising event for the 2017 LH JAMS festival will be held in the Durrwachter Alumni Conference Center on Lock Haven University’s campus, where a master’s class will also be offered Saturday morning by participating musicians.

The Art & All That Jazz Reception is the only ticketed event, but perks come with the ticket, or “passport.” The event will kick off the inaugural festival and promises to feature artwork and live musical performances, whetting guests’ appetites for the following day’s celebration. The reception will also feature heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Those with passports will be able to receive discounts at participating downtown establishments.

LH JAMS begins at 1 p.m., with bands performing right on the Elks Lodge No. 182 outdoor patio, 216 E. Main St., Lock Haven, and carries on through the evening. The festival teams up with the Lock Haven City Summer Concert Series and will feature a blues band at the J. Doyle Corman Amphitheatre before bringing the crowd back to city businesses. Venues for the more intimate evening performances in downtown Lock Haven include Stella A’s, 219 E. Main St.; The Riverside Saloon, 309 N. Grove St; Avenue 209 Coffee House, 209 Bellefonte Ave.; and Broken Axe Brew House, 1 E. Bald Eagle St.

In addition to the music, en plein air artists will be on site – depicting the scene live – as well as arts, crafts and food vendors.

Everyone is invited to attend.

Sponsors for the event include the Clinton County Arts Council, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts; Lock Haven University Foundation; Pennsylvania Wilds; The Express; Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie 4298; Clinton County government; Jim and Carol Hanna; City of Lock Haven; The Record; Clinton County Visitors Bureau; Lock Haven Elks Lodge No. 182; Downtown Lock Haven Inc.; Bear Country Radio 99.9 FM; 92.1 WSQV; Fairfield Inn & Suites Marriott; Best Western; M&R Contracting Inc.

Those interested in donating or sponsoring the LH JAMS festival, or volunteering during the event, are encouraged to email ccacgallery@gmail.com to learn more.

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Learn more and purchase your Art and All That Jazz Reception “passports,” which serve as tickets to the 2017 LH JAMS fundraising event and provide discounts at participating downtown establishments Saturday, at: www.lhjams.org

The Last Resort brings a touch of Dixieland

Editor’s Note: This is Part 4 of a series featuring the 10 bands performing during the inaugural Lock Haven Jazz and Art on Main Street festival on Saturday, Aug. 20.

LOCK HAVEN -The Last Resort draws its repertoire from the roots of jazz and features three horns in the front line backed by a three-piece rhythm section. You’ll have an opportunity to see the six-member ensemble live from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20 in downtown Lock Haven – for free!

The Last Resort is one of 10 musical acts to perform during the day of fun and music, a.k.a. the Lock Haven Jazz and Art on Main Street (LH JAMS) festival, when nine straight hours of music will be offered in downtown venues. This one, however, can stroll!

The Dixie band – a local favorite – was formed in 1957, at one point practicing at Caprio’s Barber Shop, then located where Sweeney’s Floral Shop is today. Original band members included Lou Lantz on cornet and vocals, Pete Sweitzer on trombone, Don Dorey on saxophone, Jay Caprio on guitar, Jim Remick on bass and John Neidrick on drums.

Of the original members, Caprio is the only one to continue performing in the band to this day. He plays alongside Dave Sorgen on trumpet, Glenn Honsterman on trombone and vocals, Jim Chapman on saxophone, Phil Reeder on bass and vocals, and Pete DeSanto on drums.

The band’s repertoire includes traditional Dixieland jazz and American songbook. The Last Resort has performed at various events in Clinton County and beyond, including the Clinton County Fair, St. Agnes/Holy Spirit Parish Festival, and Sentimental Journey Fly-In, as well as other local festivals, clubs, weddings and private parties.

Reeder, who began performing as a member of The Last Resort in the early 1990s, said two of the original members – Lantz and Sweitzer – had toured with national big bands in the 1950s.

He is excited to bring a touch of Dixieland to the LH JAMS festival.

“Back in the 1990s there was a very active jazz scene in the area. The Clinton County Friends of Jazz brought various performing groups to the area as well as held an annual picnic at the Sons of Italy Campground featuring local jazz ensembles,” Reeder said. “The Last Resort was a big part of that scene, and my hope would be that the LH JAMS festival revives and continues that interest. Our Dixieland style of jazz goes back to the very beginning of this music, and I’m glad it will be represented at this inaugural festival.”

While the fun downtown takes place Saturday, the fun really begins Friday evening, with the Art & All That Jazz Reception from 7 to 9:30. The fundraising event for the 2017 LH JAMS festival will be held in the Durrwachter Alumni Conference Center on Lock Haven University’s campus, where a master’s class will also be offered Saturday morning by participating musicians.

The Art & All That Jazz Reception is the only ticketed event, but perks come with the ticket, or “passport.” The event will kick off the inaugural festival and promises to feature artwork and live musical performances, whetting guests’ appetites for the following day’s celebration. The reception will also feature heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Those with passports will be able to receive discounts at participating downtown establishments.

LH JAMS begins at 1 p.m., with bands performing right on the Elks Lodge No. 182 outdoor patio, 216 E. Main St., Lock Haven, and carries on through the evening. The festival teams up with the Lock Haven City Summer Concert Series and will feature a blues band at the J. Doyle Corman Amphitheatre before bringing the crowd back to city businesses. Venues for the more intimate evening performances in downtown Lock Haven include Stella A’s, 219 E. Main St.; The Riverside Saloon, 309 N. Grove St; Avenue 209 Coffee House, 209 Bellefonte Ave.; and Broken Axe Brew House, 1 E. Bald Eagle St.

In addition to the music, en plein air artists will be on site – depicting the scene live – as well as arts, crafts and food vendors.

Everyone is invited to attend.

Sponsors for the event include the Clinton County Arts Council, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts; Lock Haven University Foundation; Pennsylvania Wilds; The Express; Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie 4298; Clinton County government; Jim and Carol Hanna; City of Lock Haven; The Record; Clinton County Visitors Bureau; Lock Haven Elks Lodge No. 182; Downtown Lock Haven Inc.; Bear Country Radio 99.9 FM; 92.1 WSQV; Fairfield Inn & Suites Marriott; Best Western; M&R Contracting Inc.

Those interested in donating or sponsoring the LH JAMS festival, or volunteering during the event, are encouraged to email ccacgallery@gmail.com to learn more.

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Learn more and purchase your Art and All That Jazz Reception “passports,” which serve as tickets to the 2017 LH JAMS fundraising event and provide discounts at participating downtown establishments Saturday, at: www.lhjams.org