The Evergreen Center for Nature, Arts, and Music will present Burning Caravan, a jazz and swing ensemble, at the Batavia Armory Town Hall Wednesday, March 27.
The concert will be at 7:15 p.m. in the Armory’s Auxier Hall, 65 N. Second St., Batavia. It is the third in a series of performances sponsored by the Evergreen Center and the Village of Batavia.
Burning Caravan is a Cincinnati-based four piece gypsy jazz and swing instrumental and vocal ensemble performing songs of Django Reinhardt, Sidney Bechet, Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer, Hoagy Carmichael, Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Dan Hicks, Pokey LeFarge and others.
Burning Caravan was formed in 2008 by Paul Gibby, who moved to Germany in 2016. Initially called “The Hot Club of Terrace Park,” the band hosted and facilitated regular gypsy jazz jam sessions Wednesdays at the Dilly Café in Mariemont. The band was soon renamed “The Burning Caravan” and has been performing regularly in the Cincinnati jazz scene. In September 2016, Cincy Magazine named “The Burning Caravan at Japp’s” #6 on their Best of the City list.
The band draws from a deep bench of talented musicians from the Cincinnati music scene. Current members are Chris Miller, trumpet, vocals and percussion; Mike Barrett, guitar and vocals; Sylvain Archer, lead guitars and vocals; Bart Johnson, bass and vocals.
Burning Caravan has played at Taste of Cincinnati, Maifest, Summerfair, Bockfest, Findlay Market, Mecklenburg Gardens, Berhinger-Crawford Museum Concert Series, Baker-Hunt Arts Center Concert Series, Irish Heritage Center of Cincinnati, Dilly Deli, Japp's, Neon's, Harth, Myrtle's and more. The band performs at Japp's every Friday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Evergreen Center performances in Batavia are free and open to the public. Donations are accepted. Information about the Evergreen Center, the concert series, and donation opportunities is available from Angelo Santoro, 1501 Old State Route 74, Batavia, Ohio 45103, AngeloSantoro935@gmail.com.