Club Scene: Little big band plays swing, jazz, waltzes and blues

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If you want to kick off September with a bang, carve out some time to catch the Music Makers Sunday afternoon.

The eight-piece band will be playing their mix of big-band sounds, from swing and jazz to waltzes and blues. They’ve been playing since the 1970’s, when Leon Ross started the band with the original name, the Geriatric Gentlemen of Jazz.

Now, they’re known as the Music Makers (including both gentle­men and women), and they rehearse weekly, sprinkling in sets at seniors’ homes, country clubs and private parties.

To see (and hear) what they’re all about, head over to the Guy Lombardo Pavilion at 285 Wonderland Rd. S., Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. This event is part of the Springbank Garden Concert series, and the big band will be making music rain or shine.

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If you like a band with longevity, make your way to Call the Office Wednesday night.

The nearly 30-year-old Voodoo Glow Skulls will be bringing their ska-core sound to the stage.

The band formed in California back in 1988, as a project between brothers Frank, Eddie and Jorge Casillas, along with friend Jerry O’Neill.

While Frank and Jerry have since left the band, the now six-piece group has spent the last three decades taking their sound around the world, releasing 10 full-length albums and contributing to countless compilations.

Now, what exactly can you expect from a live set these days? In the words of the band: “We play fast. We play hard. We play the voodoo sound like no other.”

Voodoo Glow Skulls plays Call the Office Wednesday. The show starts at 7 p.m. with sets from K-Man & the 45s and The Burnouts. Tickets are $17 in advance and this show is licensed/all-ages.

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