The Lawn Has Successful Night, Joe Smith and the Spicy Pickles Jazz Band Up Next – by Brooke Gilmore


The Lawn, a local outdoor concert venue located in Buena Vista, hosted its second of two events last week, along with the California Honeydrops. The lawn offers attendees a chance to enjoy live music in an outdoor setting, something many have missed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Community members and visitors have come to come to terms with the band which mixes genres, from roots and blues to R&B and soul. Their sound is linked by their instrumentation, vocal harmonies and New Orleans style. People of all ages could be seen enjoying the funky grooves of the band in person.

The California Honeydrops live on the lawn of Buena Vista. Photo by Brooke Gilmore.

For those who weren’t able to attend last week’s concerts, don’t worry. Smith and the Spicy Pickles will perform from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 29. This is a free public event.

Joe Smith and the Spicy Pickles Jazz Band is a Denver-based band dedicated to revitalizing swing music and dance. This small group style swing group packs a punch of power, personality and wit into every show, intriguing new and old generations with the beloved charm of the big band swing of the late 1930s and early years. from the 40s.

The Pickles bring high energy, quality musicality and real sound and a big band look that celebrates the unique American spirit of swing.

The group merges the musical influences of the sounds of Count Basie, Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw with the showmanship of Louis Armstrong, Lucky Millinder and Jimmy Lunceford. In keeping with the preservation of vintage jazz music and entertainment, The Pickles are constantly adding new and original tunes to their repertoire. They bring a unique visual touch to every performance with inspired tips, tricks, horn moves and hats to captivate audiences all night long.

Trumpeter and singer Joe Smith says he founded the group in January 2013 to give dancers live music to rock on. Since the inception of the group, the Pickles have held a special place in their hearts for the swing dance community.


Corina C. Butler

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