Two patriotic concerts coming to Port Angeles on Nov. 10, Nov. 15

PORT ANGELES — With Veterans Day coming up, Peninsula Daily News is co-sponsoring two concerts with patriotic themes.

Admission is free to one of the concerts, and veterans can buy reduced-priced tickets to the other.

HANK CRAMER

“A Salute to Our Veterans” by Northwest folk singer Hank Cramer begins at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10.

A longtime favorite at the annual Juan de Fuca Festival of the Arts in Port Angeles, Cramer is known for his booming bass voice, smooth picking on a vintage flat-top guitar and a wry sense of humor.

His father, Army Capt. Harry G. Cramer, was killed in Vietnam in 1957, the first American soldier lost in that conflict.

He followed in his father’s footsteps to become an Army officer, paratrooper and Green Beret, retiring from the Army as a lieutenant colonel with 28 years of service.

He served in Germany, Central America, Korea, Okinawa, the Philippines and Afghanistan.

He now lives in east-central Washington and has recorded 18 CDs, four music videos and three movie soundtracks.

“The first thing you notice when you hear Hank Cramer is that deep, smooth-as-glass, pure-as-honey bass voice — resonating full voice that adds class to everything it sings,” said music critic James Rodgers.

“It’s old-fashioned and wholesome and demands attention. Great tunes have never sounded better.”

Cramer and his band’s Nov. 10 performance will be in the Peninsula College Little Theater, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd., Port Angles.

Tickets are $15, $12 for veterans and military, and $7 for youth 14 and younger.

Tickets can be bought at Port Book and News, 104 E. First St., in downtown Port Angeles; Pacific Mist Books, 121 W. Washington St., in downtown Sequim.

They are also available online at www.jffa.org and by phone at 360-457-5411.

Cramer’s performance is part of the Juan de Fuca Festival of the Arts fall concert series.

Joining the PDN as a sponsor is the Peninsula College Veterans.

AIR FORCE BAND

The Falconaires, the premier jazz band of the Air Force, performs in the Port Angeles High School auditorium at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15.

Admission is free.

The band will play new and sophisticated jazz, classic big-band sounds of Glenn Miller and patriotic salutes to veterans and America.

The local Stardust Big Band will warm up the audience before the Falconaires.

The band is based at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.

“I rate the Falconaires as one of the best today,” said Doc Severinson, former “Tonight Show” band leader and trumpeter.

“A killer band! I would be proud to play with this group anywhere, anytime,” said Shelly Berg, pianist, composer, arranger and Jazz Studies chair of the University of Southern California School of Music.

Co-sponsoring the Nov. 15 concert with the PDN is Port Angeles High School.

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