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THE GRANDSONS at the Stacy C. Sherwood Center, Fairfax

  • Stacy C. Sherwood Center 3740 Old Lee Highway Fairfax, Virginia 22030 (map)

Drop-in beginner swing lesson 7:30-8pm, dance 8-11pm, $15 at the door.

A fan once described The Grandsons as "American music in a blender with the lid off." This low-down tuba-toting sax-blowing rock and roll band acknowledges influences in an eclectic whirlpool of New Orleans rhythm and blues, rockabilly, swing and country two-steps. The Grandsons bring with them a pawn shop of instruments. Vocalist-guitarist-trumpeter Alan MacEwen charms audiences with his sly wit and winsome original songs; DC blues veteran Matthew Sedgley locks in the groove on drums and percussion. Saxophonist Chris Watling puts out a sound so meaty and memorable that he is in demand all over as a guest artist and session player.