Across the state line in Moscow, Idaho, Rendezvous in the Park continues into its second weekend tonight and Saturday.
Tonight is World Music Night, with music by Sukay and Adefua.
Saturday night, country-swing legend Johnny Gimble takes the stage with his band, the Texas Swing.
Sukay - it’s pronounced Sue-kai - is a South American group that plays music indigenous to the Andes Mountains. With an arsenal of more than 25 instruments that includes pan pipes, wooden flutes, percussion and five-string guitars, they create music that dates to pre-Incan civilizations of 3,000 B.C. Their repertoire blends pre-Hispanic, post-Spanish colonial and contemporary styles and their songs honor Mother Earth.
Sukay was founded in 1978 and has performed in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, the Smithsonian Institution and Lincoln Center.
Also on tonight’s bill is Adefu (pronounced Ad-ay-foo-a), an African troupe that performs ceremonial music of Senegal, Ghana, Zaire, Guinea and Haiti.
Johnny Gimble doesn’t need an introduction to fans of country music. One of the best-known and bestloved members of the country-swing movement, he starred in the late-‘40s version Bob Wills’ Playboys and then launched a charmed solo career.
He’s been named Instrumentalist of the Year four times by the Country Music Association and Fiddler of the Year eight times by the Academy of Country Music. He has received three Grammy nominations and finally won one last year for his performance on Asleep at the Wheel’s 1994 recording “Tribute to Bob Wills.”
General admission tickets to both concerts are $8 and are available at Moscow’s City Hall, the Moscow Chamber of Commerce, Pullman Chamber of Commerce, Moscow Tidyman’s, Palouse Empire Mall office and Farmers Market, or by calling Ticket Express, (800) 380-1801 or (208)882-1178.