MIDDLEPORT — If you’re looking for a fun night out on the town, look no further.
The Matt James & the Ohio University Jazz Ensemble I is coming to town on Saturday, March 16, and will be playing from 7 to 10 p.m.
The band which is making its sixth annual performance at the Riverbend Arts Council Hall is known for playing more swing than jazz, allowing for those who want to trip the light fantastic to move onto the dance floor.
Tickets are now on sale at King Ace Hardware in Middleport and Clarks Jewelry Store in Pomeroy. They are $20 per person, but that includes refreshments provided by Pomeroy, Middleport and Mason restaurants and delis which include a bounty of food representing main dish selections from their menus. A variety of desserts are provided by members of the Board of Directors of the Riverbend Arts Council who host the evening of entertainment.
All of the members of the band directed by James, professor of Saxophone and Jazz Studies and associate director of Academic Affairs at OU in the School of Music, are Ohio University students. Funding for bringing the band to Middleport is provided by King Ace Hardware. Owners Tim and Edie King are active members of the Arts Council.
The scene is one of the band on the stage, with individual tables lining the side walls of the hall, allowing the center section of the floor for dancing. The accommodation limit is 85 to 90, according to Mary Wise, Board president.