SKAMOKAWA SWAMP OPERA

Do you enjoy unusual instrumental combinations like cello and banjo? Guitar and jew’s harp? Gorgeous solo voices that come together in tight harmony? Then come to the PAC at 2pm on Sunday afternoon, February 5th, to hear the soon-to-be famous Skamokawa Swamp Opera.

Four talented musicians make up the SSO, headed by Skamokawa resident and string musician extraordinaire, Andrew Emlen. Singing and playing guitar is Kyleen Austin (the opera connection). Eric Friend plays percussion and mandolin; he has a fine tenor voice. Jillian Raye plays banjo and sings, both enthusiastically.

The SSO plays almost every kind of music—-hip-hop, opera, folk, pop standards and more. Their concerts include lots of “sidebar” comments to the audience and they are family friendly. A review of their last concert described them as “serious, zany, talented, learned”. They are all that and, yes, even more.

Tickets to see Skamokawa Swamp Opera are $15 and will be available on Feb. 5th at the Performing Arts Center at 588 16th street in Astoria. Children under 12 are free. Doors will open at 1:30. Their director Andrew Emlen has said he hopes there will be “dancing in the aisles”! So come and enjoy!!