Saturday, February 16, 2019

Acoustic Café to feature The Rhythm Society Orchestra this Friday, Feb. 22
   The Acoustic Café is featuring the Rhythm Society Orchestra this Friday, Feb. 22, at the Historic Howell Opera House. The event is sponsored by the Livingston Arts Council.
   Acoustic Café is an annual music series held at the historic Howell Opera House that features outstanding performers from across the country, now celebrating its 11th year!
    The Rhythm Society Orchestra is a 15-piece dance band specializing in true vintage swing music. Their sound is heavily influenced by Count Basie and Harry James. Although based in Detroit, this band covers top venues throughout the Midwest and has been featured on numerous television and radio programs. 
     The Rhythm Society Orchestra has been featured at many of the Midwest's largest swing dance events including dance workshops with some of the world's top instructors. Additionally, the band was recently featured in a Michigan-made independent film, Forever in Time, directed by Chuck Grady. At this Acoustic Café appearance, the band plans to feature the music of Frank Sinatra sprinkled with a few arrangements from the actual books of jazz legends Artie Shaw, Charlie Barnet, and Jimmie Lunceford, with one of them not having been performed live since 1945.  
     Actor and vocalist Peter Tocco will be their guest vocalist for the evening.  Band leader Gary Herzenstiel says, “We're looking forward to getting up close and personal with our vintage swing performance.  Hopefully there will be a little room to do the Lindy Hop!  We always appreciate the warm reception we get every year from the Howell and Livingston County appreciators of true big band music.”
    Admission for this performance is $15 per person and available for pre-purchase online at or by phone at 517-540-0065. The Acoustic Café series runs every Friday night from January 4th – March 1st. Doors will open at 7:00 pm and the show will begin at 7:30 pm. 

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