Jack Kilby is nearly out of fliers. There’s been a stack of them sitting on a barstool in front of his home recording studio in Del Ray for the last couple weeks promoting an upcoming outdoor concert in his back yard this Saturday night.
On Saturday, June 4, Crab Shack Live at 211 E Oxford Avenue is offering dinner, drinks and live music from 6 to 10 p.m. There will be three 45 minute sets featuring Sam C. Jones and the Sinners, Eliza Harrison Smith and Micah Robinson. There’s a $20 cover for music lovers ages 21 and over, and it’s $15 for everyone else.
This will be Kilby’s third backyard concert since moving into De Ray in 2017.
“I just feel so lucky to live in this neighborhood to have like a house with a deck where I can feature these folks,” Kilby told ALXnow. “So often during the pandemic musicians have been reduced to trying to promote things through social media, whether it’s doing live streams, or just promoting the music that they already have. It can feel like shouting into a void sometimes.”
Kilby, an award-winning bandleader, arranger and musician (he plays plays piano, drums and trumpet) has spent the last two years teaching privately at Rock of Ages Music and producing new acts at home. He’s also put his six-piece jazz band, Jack Kilby and the Front Line, on hold. He’s a lifelong Alexandrian and grad of T.C. Williams High School, and says that he will release a new record with Casey Shannon of Peyote Pilgrim this fall.
As for the noise, Kilby got a noise permit and alerted his neighbors that the music will be family friendly and will stop before 10 p.m.
“Luckily my next door neighbors to the right of me are some of the most wonderful people I’ve ever met,” Kilby said. “My neighbors to the left are cool, and they seem to enjoy the music, too. Really, I just told the folks who live behind me — since my speakers will be facing the back of their house — I was just like, ‘Hey, we’re going to be done before 10, and if it’s a problem, here’s my cell number before you call the police.'”
Below is a sampling of the music that will be played Saturday night.
Photo via Jack Kilby/Facebook
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