The San Luis Obispo County Band pays tribute to the past this spring with a trio of special concerts.
“The County Band’s always looking for interesting and unique venues to play at, ways to put a new spin on our shows,” explained Curtis Reinhardt, who handles publicity for the group.
“Classic Concerts in Historical Places,” which runs Sunday through June 24, will showcase three San Luis Obispo landmarks: the Dallidet Adobe and Gardens, King David’s Masonic Lodge, and the Jack House and Gardens.
The series starts Sunday at the Dallidet Adobe, home to French settler Pierre Hypolite Dallidet and his family for more than a century. He served as the Central Coast’s first commercial vintner.
His last surviving son, Paul Dallidet, donated the 19th-century adobe to the local historical society, now the History Center of San Luis Obispo County, in 1953.
Before Sunday’s concert, City Councilman Dan Carpenter will discuss the historical importance of the property, Reinhardt said.
The Estero Bay Brass quintet kicks off the concert at 1 p.m. with a selection of vintage ragtime tunes.
At 2 p.m., the San Luis Obispo County Band — led by conductor Leonard Lutz — takes the stage to perform such familiar favorites as “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “Strike Up the Band,” as well as music from “Aladdin” and “Mission: Impossible.”
Vocalist Judy Philbin will join the band for two numbers from the Great American Songbook: “Bye Bye Blackbird” and “Blue Skies.” She’ll also perform four songs accompanied by jazz pianist Rod Keif.
The County Band has other opening acts lined up for the rest of the series.
The San Luis Obispo County Trumpet Alliance will perform May 27 at the Masonic Lodge, and saxophone quartet Sax on the Beach will join the band on June 24 at the Jack House.
Reinhardt predicts that the concert series “will be a big hit at all three venues.”
“Everyone’s going to want to do it again,” he said. “It’s going to be a fun series for the city year after year.”