Kootenai River Rhythm concert set Nov. 8
by Brent Shrum, Kootenai Valley Record
November 4, 2008
Phyll Minde Mackey, founder and director of the Treasure Tones for 44 years, and vocalist Kathy Ague will be the featured guests at the sixth annual Kootenai River Rhythm performance at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Memorial Center.
Kootenai River Rhythm is a group of local artists from Troy and Libby under the direction of Tony Smith.
Big Swing Band members Frank Chiaverini, Ty and Brenda Nagode, and Bill Cuskelly will accompany the talented and timeless Alan Lane. Vocalist Julie Meyer, with pianist-vocalist Tony Smith, will present some new songs and old favorites, including several numbers from Meyer’s new Christmas CD.
Smith and violinist Linda Kuntz will team up on a Stephen Foster medley, and the ever-popular Men of Troy will present the "Doo-Wop" sound of the 1950s, highlighted by a Nita Smith arrangement of "Silhouette." Men of Troy members are Ty Nagode, Steve Prieve, Tony Smith, Roy Richardson, Chris Reichert, Glenn Herman, Al Matsushita, Brady Selle, Kelly Palmer and Jeff Ralston.
The vocal group "Going to the Sun Voices," founded by Tony Smith in 2007, will back both Kathy Ague and Julie Meyer on various arrangements, and the stylistic vocal and piano arrangements of Tony Smith, Nita Smith and Sharon Smith Scott will be featured on numbers from the Meyer Christmas CD. "Voices" members include Tony Smith, Kelly Palmer, Nita Smith, Julie Meyer, Sharon Scott and Diane Rewerts.
Bassist Jim Scott will accompany Sharon Scott on a Julie Meyer favorite, "Blue Christmas," and Ben Palmer will offer his "funk" style of bass throughout the performance.
Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at Cabinet Books in Libby and at Northwest Music in Troy. The ticket price includes desserts catered by the Troy Hot Club. A "no-host" bar, provided by the Memorial Center, will provide both soft drinks and alcoholic beverages for the night club style event. People are encouraged to buy tickets well in advance, as the show traditionally sells out.
For more information, call the Kootenai Heritage Council at 406-293-9643 or Northwest Music at 406-295-5541.
Editor’s Note: See the November 3, 2008 edition of the Kootenai Valley Record for the printed version of this story. The Kootenai Valley Record publishes once a week, on Monday, in Libby, Montana. They are a locally owned community newspaper, located at 403 Mineral Avenue in Libby. For in-county and out-of-county subscription information, call 406-293-2424, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.