As part of its free summer concert series, Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site, 4600 Virginia Rd., will host The Crazy Rhythm Hot Society Orchestra on Sunday, July 24, from 5:30pm to 7pm. An 11-piece dance orchestra, the group plays the Big Band music of the Roaring Twenties.
Visitors may picnic on the grounds after 4:30 pm. Parking is limited to Virginia Road, so bicycles and carpooling are encouraged; shuttle service will be provided. Pets are not allowed. The outdoor concert is free and open to the public. For comfort, lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged.
The Crazy Rhythm Hot Society Orchestra’s performances include “hot” jazz as well as the sweet music and novelty numbers of the period. Bandleader Mike Henebry is the founder of the International Society of Twenties Orchestras, and the group plays note-for-note transcriptions from the original 78-RPM recordings of the 1920s, including pieces from Benny Moten, Jack Payne and Duke Ellington, as well as period vocalists such as Al Jolson, Eddie Cantor, Bessie Smith and Rudy Vallée.
The free concert series is underwritten by Friends of Rancho Los Cerritos in conjunction with Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site, Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine; donations are welcome. The Rancho is located northwest of the intersection of Long Beach Boulevard and San Antonio Drive.