Big Band at the Beach Club

The Lincoln Pops Big Band, whose members range in age from 18 to 86, will be out in full force playing at the Beach Club in Lincoln City on Saturday. (Courtesy photo)

The central Oregon coast’s resident big band will have the Beach Club in Lincoln City swinging on Aug. 24, during one of the Lincoln Pops’ special Saturday night dances.

Bandleader John Brigetto describes the Lincoln Pops as “the best-kept secret on the coast.” The 25-piece band ranges in age from 18 to 86 and includes saxophone players, trumpeters, trombone players, percussionists, a guitarist, a bassist — even a vibraphone player— and four vocalists. The group, founded in 1980, is dedicated to preserving and passing along the heritage of the big band era. To that end, the Pops play at the Gleneden Beach Community Club on every third Thursday of the month. However, this Saturday will be one of the rarer Saturday night dances at the Beach Club — which has a beautiful, brand-new dance floor to get down on.

“And a new stage,” noted Brigetto. “It’s a wonderful venue.”

The night’s entertainment will vary in musical genre from Latin pieces to waltzes to polkas and span across time from Frank Sinatra to Michael Buble — but all of it has been arranged in the big band style. So, for those looking for a night of swing dancing or superb listening, the Lincoln Pops is ready and able to provide it for all ages.

Admission to the dance is $14 for adults, $10 children and can be purchased at the door on the night of the dance. The event runs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Beach Club in Lincoln City, located at 2020 NE 22nd St. There is a full bar and restaurant on site, and minors are welcome until 10 p.m.