Sounds of Dixieland era uplift spirits at Kutztown Park July 14

Ben Mauger’s Dixieland Band will be performing at Kutztown Park from 7 to 9 p.m. on July 14.
Ben Mauger’s Dixieland Band will be performing at Kutztown Park from 7 to 9 p.m. on July 14. Submitted photo

The Borough of Kutztown will welcome back to the Kutztown Park bandshell stage the sounds of Ben Mauger’s Dixieland Band. They will be performing from 7 to 9 p.m., in the Borough of Kutztown’s 2018 Concert Series in the Park on July 14. There is no concert Saturday, July 7.

The band has quickly become a crowd favorite in the Concert Series and will bring the uplifting sounds of that Dixieland era. The group, under the direction of Ben Mauger, is a seven to eight piece New Orleans style Dixieland band, playing the hot Dixieland jazz and dance music of the 1920s and ‘30s era, and the Swing New York City style revival Jazz made famous in the ‘50s and ‘60s.

They will delight in providing a high octane concert for all to enjoy, as we turn back the calendars to the Dixieland jazz music of that era, made famous by many bands and soloists throughout jazz clubs across America. They will delight the audience with the upbeat hot music such as “The Charleston”, “Varsity Drag”, “I’ll see You In My Dreams”, “Happy Feet”, “Doin’ the Uptown Lowdown”, and many more. Among the songs in their repertoire are such classic Dixieland songs with that recognizable Dixieland sound and beat. Such songs as “Basin Street Blues”, “Sweet Georgia Brown”, ”Darktown Strutter’s Ball”, and many more.

The band, under the direction of Lead Cornet player and band leader Ben Mauger, has been leading Dixieland Jazz bands and has performed all over the east coast for over 30 years. The band members hail from various areas of Pennsylvania from Philadelphia to Harrisburg and further. They have become very popular as they bring this style of Dixieland music to central and eastern Pennsylvania and all along the east coast. Please come and enjoy a different music style in our historic Kutztown Park Bandshell, built about the time this music was the rave. Sit back, buckle your seat belts and hold onto your hats and get ready for a great time, great music, and a trip down memory lane.

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The park concession stand, located near the bandshell, is under new management this year. New Manager, Chris Moyer (owner of Mad Dogs in Kutztown), has taken over the operation of the stand for the Borough. Mad Dogs in the Park, as it has been named, has a variety on their menu, ranging from a variety of dogs, wraps, salads, various varieties of fries, chicken tenders, and many other items for your enjoyment. They will be open before the concert and during the concert intermission.

The concert is free to the public and is part of the Borough of Kutztown 2018 Concert Series in the Park, and will be held rain or shine in the covered Kutztown Park Bandshell.

The concert series is made possible by the Borough of Kutztown and the generous support of the following co-sponsors.

Major Sponsor: East Penn Manufacturing Co. Inc., the Kutztown Lions Club, and Walbert Funeral Home & Cremation Services, PC. Gold Sponsors: Airport Diner, Fraternal Order of Eagles-#839, Giant Food Stores, Kutztown Grange, Optimist Club of Kutztown, and Russell E. Conrad, Inc. Silver Sponsors: Edward J. Hildenbrand Funeral Home, Inc., Hayle’s Automotive, Barley/Snyder, Great Valley Consultants, K-Town Pub Taphouse & BBQ, and The Windsor Press Inc. Bronze Sponsor: Topton Family Practice, Fleetwood Bank, Fulton Mortgage Company-John Schmoyer, Kutztown American Legion Baseball Association, Kutztown Community Partnership, Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., Mad Dogs-Kutztown & Mad Dogs in the Park, Mamma’s Delight Pizza & Restaurant, Messersmith & Keller Family Dentistry, Silver Maple Veterinary Clinic, and State Farm Insurance-Steve Drasher. Patron Sponsors: Adam ‘n Eve Boutique, Duffers Beverages, Huguenot Lodge #377, Kutztown Lioness Club, Lehigh Cement Co., Mark’s Sandwich Shop, Monaghan Group of Kutztown Realtors, Ozgood’s Grill & Bar, Shaynah Kinner Daycare Center, and Kevin Snyder-President of Kutztown Borough Council.