Tailgating Orchestra Style – Picnic with the Pops

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Huntington, WV -  Your Huntington Symphony Orchestra presents Picnic with the Pops – Tailgating Orchestra Style on  July 23rd at Harris Riverfront Park in Huntington, WV. Season tickets are on sale now and may be purchased by phone at 304-781-8343 or online at  www.huntingsymphony.org  Special Group rates are available. The HSO is pleased to announce the Special Guest Artists for the upcoming July 23rd concert.  


Bob Schad and Jazzou Jones have performed as a duo since 1981 when they were paired as a banjo-ragtime piano act for the Great Steamboat Race between the Delta Queen and Mississippi Queen.  Both of these talented and engaging entertainers had worked previously as solo performers for the Delta Queen Steamboat Company and from the moment they appeared together in the Paddlewheel Lounge, they were a hit.  In the years since, they have both served as Cruise Director for the Delta Queen steamboats, each directing entertainment and performing their solo shows aboard these magnificent paddlewheelers.   

Bob Schad has entertained on USO tours to Asia and Europe, and has appeared frequently in Florida at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, Cypress Gardens, and Rosie O'Grady's.  He is also a veteran Cruise Director and Entertainer on deep sea vessels.  Jazzou Jones has tickled the ivories from a young age, entertaining regularly in concert at clubs and festivals from coast to coast, as well as playing locally in Cincinnati for ten years on day excursions with BB Riverboats.  

     Specializing in American style river music, Schad and Jones declare West Virginia as one of their favorite places to play, having visited often in Huntington aboard the Delta Queen, as well as having appeared regularly aboard the sternwheeler P.A. Denny and other riverboats in connection with the Charleston Sternwheel Regatta. Bob and Jazzou's unique blending of vocals, banjo and piano have thrilled audiences on many occasions throughout the Mountaineer State.  One song they will be sure to perform with the Huntington Symphony on July 23rd is their own composition "The P.A. Denny Song," a rollicking ode to the glories of West Virginia and one of her most famous riverboats.  

     The next Picnic with the Pops will be August 20th with Special Guest Artist Marina Jurica and Ryan Hardiman. Tickets are on sale now.

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