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March 30, 2014

Carnegie Hall ready to welcome The Hot Club of San Francisco

LEWISBURG — Coming to Carnegie Hall on April 5 is The Hot Club of San Francisco, featuring Isabelle Fontaine.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. with access to the Mainstage Lounge, hosted by Dinsmore, beginning at 6:45 p.m. Tickets are on sale now by calling the Box Office at 304-645-7917 or online at www.carnegiehallwv.org.

Love songs and driving gypsy jazz are a combination made famous during the ’20s and ’30s in Paris by the legendary Hot Club de France, Django Reinhardt, and Stephane Grappelli. Following the First World War, the city became a gathering place for artists from around the world and The Hot Club’s unique sound of gypsy jazz reflects this inter-wartime collection of cultures.

The Hot Club of San Francisco borrows the instrumentation of violin, bass and guitars from the original Hot Club while breathing new life into the music with innovative arrangements of classic tunes and original compositions from the group’s superb lead guitarist, Paul Mehling. Not lacking in talent, the group also features the amazing violin of twice GRAMMY® Award-winning Evan Price, the velvet voice of Isabelle Fontaine, and a swinging rhythm section. Let magical guitar and fiddle solos along with Ms. Fontaine’s mix of sweet and sultry songs take you on a ride down the Seine and through the heart of the city as the Hot Club performs its show, “Meet Me in Paris.”

To hear the ensemble live, or on any of their 13 albums, is to be carried back to the 1930s and the small, smoky jazz clubs of Paris and the refined lounges of the famous Hotel Ritz. Often called gypsy jazz, the music of The Hot Club of San Francisco has entranced audiences around the globe for over 20 years. Acoustic Guitar has hailed the group’s playing as “intricate, scorching and often brilliant.” With frequent national and international tours — from Iceland to Lincoln Center and the Monterey Jazz Festival — The Hot Club of San Francisco keeps this historic music fresh and alive.

Tickets prices range from $18 to $28. Discounts are available for members, students, seniors and military.

Carnegie Hall’s 2013-14 arts programming is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.

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