The Brown Bag Concert at Emmanuel Episcopal Parish will present the Orcatrazz Swing Band on Wednesday, Aug. 8, at noon.
“The name Orcatrazz came about because like Alcatraz, we are sort of trapped on an island, only we love it,” says the band.
The group plays music mostly from the swing band era and performs six to eight shows a year for community events, dances, weddings and bar mitzvahs, brown bag concerts, or any occasion. Bandleader Ken Speck has performed with his own band for a number of years before putting together Orcatrazz. The band members have varied experiences ranging from amateur to professional. Most of all they have serious fun and enjoy making music of the big band era and on occasion, they even add a rock and roll song for the younger crowd.
The program will include “Sentimental Journey,” “The Way You Look Tonight,” “String of Pearls,” “In the Middle of an Island” and more. The concert is free of charge but donations are appreciated to fund the Virgil Cleveland Memorial Scholarship that sends promising music students from Orcas to music camps.