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KSO Gears up for Summer Show on July 7

The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra's (KSO) Boogie Band kicks off the Symphony’s 24th summer in Devou Park with a pop music tribute to class reunions ending in 8; 1958, 1968, etc., to remind listeners they don’t need a DeLorean or Huey Lewis to take them “back in time.”

The pop music of yesteryear has the ability to immediately remind us of old flames, vintage cars, our silly and crazy youth, and a perhaps a time of simplicity and contentment. The Boogie Band, a studio orchestra, was created by the KSO nearly 20 years ago to pump energy and fun into its annual fundraiser. Nostalgia is a powerful sentiment, and thanks to the efforts of arranger Terry LaBolt, this 27-piece group - including vocalists - today boasts charts for 281 of the most popular songs of the last 60 years.

As the current musical theater director at Indiana University, LaBolt adds seven to nine charts a year based upon the theme of the show that KSO Music Director and founder James Cassidy selects and the music he requests. The playlist, for the class reunion on the eight's show, takes a multigenerational trip from Bobby Day’s 1958 classic Rockin’ Robin to Camila Cabello’s 2018 Havana with tunes by The Beatles, Barry Manilow, Bobby Brown, Aerosmith, Coldplay and many others from those youthful years.

The KSO reminds patrons to mark their calendar for an inexpensive, outdoor, nostalgic reason for gathering with family and friends to hear music of current and bygone generations.

Picnics are welcome, though drinks and concessions will be available. Join James Cassidy and the Boogie Band for the Symphony’s 24th Summer in Devou Park, Saturday, July 7 at 7:30 p.m. The TANK Shuttle from the Covington Catholic parking lot to the band shell runs from 6:00 -7:30 p.m (returning 9:20-30 following the concert) for $1 each way. Bring blankets or lawn chairs. Free admission and parking, though donations suggested. For more information, visit the KSO at or call (859) 431-6216.