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Jack and Kitty to perform at Longville church

Jack and Kitty will be performing music in the park in Longville.

Jack & Kitty will perform from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, as part of the Music in the Park series at the gazebo in the park area of Salem Lutheran Church in Longville.

The concert is free. Donations are welcome.

The husband and wife are Emmy Award winners who refer to their music as "organic vaudeville and jug band folk." The duo cites influences as far back as the '20s and '30s Dixieland jazz and jug band ragtime to modern hip-hop and R&B.

Children are encouraged to attend as Jack & Kitty also perform songs just for children during the concert.

For several years, the couple co-created and co-hosted a kids TV series that aired on more than 150 PBS-member stations nationwide and in 175 countries on the AFN Family Network. They produced the series independently while living in Nashville, Tennessee, and now make their home in Minneapolis.

Kitty's uncle is Bunny Wailer, of Bob Marley and the Wailers fame. She grew up in rural Scotts Pass, Jamaica, listening to a blend of reggae, rap and R&B.

At a young age, Jack discovered his vaudevillian great-grandfather's phonograph record collection and spent his childhood listening to crooners like Bing Crosby, Al Jolson and Rudy Vallee. As fate would have it, oddball ukulele legend, Tiny Tim, moved in next door to the Norton household and became Jack's babysitter.

Jack and Kitty have performed in 19 countries, toured for the U.S. Pentagon, sung at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and regularly perform at Nashville's legendary songwriting haven, the Bluebird Cafe.

Bring lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic lunch to the concert. Popcorn and lemonade will be available. In case of rain, the concert will take place inside the church located at 1340 County Road 5, Longville.

The final concert for the Music in the Park series will feature CODA on Sept. 2, a saxophone and keyboard duo from the Twin Cities. Returning by popular demand, Scott Dorff and Malcom Anderson deliver the freshest, most professional instrumental music sound possible. The duo's goal is to "bring peace, joy and love to all who listen."

Music in the Park is a community outreach activity of Salem Lutheran Church and supported by the Longville Area Community Choir. It is funded in part with grants from the Blandin Foundation, Longville Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, Longville Foundation and Lake Country Power.