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Louisiana comes back to Killington

Members of the Dirty Dozen Jazz Band stand with their variety of instruments ready to play.

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band has been performing for more than 20 years. Their sound, in true Louisiana fashion, is like a gumbo. By adding in a mix of rhythm and blues, jazz, funk, Caribbean flavor and more, the band creates an auditory 'soup,' sure to delight fans across the board. The group hails from New Orleans, but their musical inspiration is far-reaching. The group has worked with artists like Widespread Panic, the Black Crows, Modest Mouse and Norah Jones, which has earned them a reputation as one of the liveliest and diverse 'jazz' bands on the musical scene.

"We could not be more thrilled to welcome the Dirty Dozen Jazz Band back for a second year of performing at Cooler in the Mountains.  They were definitely a crowd favorite during last year's season," says Suzie Dundas, director of Economic Development & Tourism in Killington. "This isn't a 'sit-on-your-blanket' type of event - they're going to want our guests dancing right along with them!"

Although the band starts playing at 4 p.m., guests are encouraged to come early to get a good seat at the venue, as the first concert of the 2012 series drew more than 800 people to Killington's K-1 Umbrella Bars. Concerts are rain or shine, although they may be postponed or cancelled if heavy storms are in the area. Unfortunately the first two Saturdays have seen such conditions and were indeed cancelled. Last Saturday storms were also imminent so organizers made the call to have the concert indoors at the K1 Lodge.

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