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In support of music

The Petaluma High School Music Boosters are getting the dance floor ready for a Jan. 25 benefit concert at the Mystic Theatre featuring swing dance band Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20.

The ninth annual event, which includes a performance by the Petaluma High School Jazz Ensemble, is to help raise money for PHS' music program.

Since the jazz ensemble specializes in swing music, Cliff Eveland, instrumental director of the PHS music department. said that having Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers perform is a perfect fit.

Lavay Smith and her eight-piece band's latest album "Everybody's Talkin' 'Bout Miss Thing!" has received a prestigious four-and-a-half-star review in Downbeat magazine and reached the top 10 on the national Billboard jazz charts. Smith's singing style is influenced by Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington and Bessie Smith. She's also recognized internationally as the queen of classic jazz and blues in the style of the '40s and '50s.

In addition to Smith, the PHS Jazz Ensemble will be playing big-band-era tunes and classics from the '30s and '40s.

The Mystic Theatre is located at 21 Petaluma Blvd. North. Call 765-2121.


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