The Jefferson City Concert Association kicks off its 2017-18 season next week with a performance by one of New Orleans' best known bands.
The Dukes of Dixieland, known for performing their "New Orleans dixieland jazz" aboard the Steamboat Natchez on the Mississippi River near The Big Easy, will make their way inland for a concert next Wednesday in Jefferson City.
Jefferson City Concert Association President Don Otto said his organization sought out the Dukes of Dixieland based on personal experience.
"By coincidence, several of the folks on the board over the last several years have been in New Orleans and have heard the Dukes of Dixieland. That's one of those things that everyone says — if you're down there, you have to see the Dukes of Dixieland on the Steamboat Natchez," Otto said. "Several of us have been down there and saw them and were just wowed."
The current Dukes of Dixieland ensemble has played their New Orleans brand of jazz together since the 1970s, recording 30 albums while also performing 30 concerts a year and making regular appearances on the Steamboat Natchez dinner cruise, according to the band's website. Their latest album, "Here Come the Girls," became available through online streaming services Sept. 12.
The Dukes of Dixieland will perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Miller Performing Arts Center in Jefferson City. Single-concert and season tickets for the JCCA's 2017-18 lineup are available at jeffcityconcert.org, and tickets will be available at the door the evening of the concert.
The concert season will continue a month later with a Jefferson City Symphony Orchestra performance Nov. 7, followed by returning favorite Link Union in December, who performed their Americana/folk fusion in Jefferson City last year — this time performing a Christmas show Dec. 2, the Saturday afternoon before Jefferson City's Christmas parade.
"Link Union is very similar to some of the groups you might have seen on Prairie Home Companion," Otto said. "It was just such a great show last year that everyone wanted them to come back."
The Jefferson City Symphony Orchestra will perform again in February, this time for the annual Pops Concert, featuring Gary Sanders.
A production of Mozart's "The Magic Flute" opera March 22 will feature a large cast of local singers and dancers.
"It's all local talent, but it's a huge event. This year it's going to be even bigger than ever," Otto said. "It's a great time because they do a lot of work on the sets and the staging and this year choreography with the different dance center groups coming in."
The concert season will end May 13 with a special Mother's Day show by Steve Lippia performing songs by Frank Sinatra.
Jefferson City Concert Association 2017-18 season
Oct. 4 — Dukes of Dixieland
Nov. 7 — Jefferson City Symphony Orchestra
Dec. 2 — Link Union
Feb. 13 — Pops Concert with Gary Sanders
March 22 — Mozart's "The Magic Flute"
April 24 — Jefferson City Symphony Orchestra featuring JCSO Piano Competition winner
May 13 — Steve Lippia