By Ethan Colbert
Performing songs such as “That Old Black Magic” and “A-Tisket, A-Tasket,” the members of the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America’s Shades of Blue Jazz Ensemble had its audience on Saturday evening fully enthralled.
The Pike County Bicentennial Commission brought the musical group, which performed at the American Legion Post No. 370 in Louisiana, to Pike County. The commission is tasked with planning the many celebrations marking the county’s bicentennial on December 14, 2018.
Among the 100-plus attendees at Saturday’s event, were Bowling Green residents Brenda Colbert and Debra Ingram.
After the 90-minute performance, which also featured a jazz-infused performance of Michael Jackson’s famed song, “Thriller,” the two women had high praise for the jazz ensemble.
“They put on a great show,” Ingram said. “It really was phenomenal. It was great entertainment and it was a great show for both the young and the old.”
Both local residents said their favorite performance of the evening was the jazz ensemble’s rendition of “A-Tisket, A-Tasket,” a song made famous by Ella Fitzgerald.
Meanwhile, Louisiana resident Linda Beer said she enjoyed the “incredible” performance of the United States Armed Forces Medley.
“They are just fine representatives of our armed services,” Beer said.