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January 19th, 2011
Library to host free concert

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Ray and Linda Sriro, also known as Gypsy Moon, will perform Thursday at the San Marcos Public Library.

STAFF REPORT

The San Marcos Public Library, 625 East Hopkins Street, will host a free concert on Jan. 20 featuring Gypsy Moon from 7-8 p.m.

Gypsy Moon is Ray and Linda Sriro. They will be joined by their daughter Michelle, playing the ukulele, and George Prado on the upright bass.

Gypsy Moon plays music in the style of Manouche, or Gypsy swing, a genre made popular by the famous jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt.

Linda Sriro may be familiar to residents as a member of the Andrews Sisters tribute trio, Destination. The group traditionally performs at the library at Christmas time. Ray Sriro has demonstrated his dexterity with the guitar at many Gypsy Moon concerts at the library.

Michelle Sriro is Linda and Ray’s 26-year-old daughter. While growing up in a home full of music, she studied piano, saxophone and flute before settling on the ukulele. The instrument gives a new dimension to the Gypsy jazz she enjoys.

George Prado has been a musician, bandleader and music educator for more than 40 years. He has played with Jim Cullum’s Jazz Band, Cab Calloway, Eartha Kitt, Moe Allison, Chuck Berry, Clifford Scott and the Sentimental Journey Orchestra. Prado has his own ensemble, the Regency Jazz Band, which has performed at many music festivals and clubs. Recently Prado played in “Simplemente Lara,” a concert featuring the music of Mexican composer Augustin Lara.

Gypsy Moon will use the appearance at the library as the kick-off for its participation at the eighth annual Django Reinhardt Festival taking place in Fort Worth on Saturday.

For more information on the concert at the library, call (512) 393-8210. More information on the Django Reinhardt Festival may be found by visiting www.artsfifthavenue.com.


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