ALTON — The Jacoby Arts Center continues its Summer Music Series with an appearance by Somehow Peachy, local artists Holly Barber and Janet Buchanan’s newest collaboration.
The duo will take the Jacoby stage for Friday Nites Live! at 8 p.m. Friday, June 19. Longtime friends, the two singers first met as college students and have enjoyed sharing their love of music with an audience since singing a capella in a group at Principia College in Elsah more than a decade ago. As Somehow Peachy, the singers blend together their favorite styles of folk, bossa nova and jazz.
“This series is a great opportunity for people to hear a variety of styles and sounds in the Jacoby Arts Center’s relaxed setting,” said Denny Scarborough, Jacoby’s president. “While many area residents may not yet be familiar with Somehow Peachy’s silky harmonies, this duo is sure to become a local favorite.”
Because Barber grew up in Los Angeles and Buchanan hails from England, each artist brings a distinctive musical vocabulary to create the group’s unique sound. Barber’s earliest musical influences were classic Motown and Broadway show tunes, while Buchanan listened to such legendary Latin artists as Antonio Carlos Jobim and Astrud Gilberto, whose songs presented unusual chords and slinky rhythms.
“Over the years, we have expanded one another’s tastes to include folk, bluegrass, and many other wonderful styles,” Barber said. “We both love the way music can bring people together.”
In addition to the duo’s appearance, guest artists for the performance include Will Buchanan, Janet’s husband, an accomplished electric guitarist whose style reflects blues, jazz, and rock influences. Buchanan also “likes to bang on things,” and he will be joining Somehow Peachy on percussion.
A second guest artist will be Alton native Sara Crammond, a member of the Great Rivers Choral Society. Crammond, known for her smooth voice, enjoys listening to Motown groups such as The Supremes.
“This cabaret series provides an exciting reason to spend every Friday night at Jacoby to experience just a small sampling of the extraordinary talent that can be found in our region,” Scarborough added. “Additionally, we have paired each concert with a local food purveyor to add to the evening’s enjoyment. For this concert, we have partnered with Spoon Baking Co., and we feel proud to be part of such a talented community.”
Dixie Dudes and Dance Band will perform traditional Dixieland as played in New Orleans with swing and rock ’n’ roll dance music at Jacoby’s next Friday Nite Live! event on June 26. River City Savories will provide the evening’s tastes.
Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, and no reservations are required. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $10. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
For more information on the series, call (618) 462-5222 or visit www.jacobyartscenter.org.