Thursday, July 14, 2011


The United Finnish Kaleva Brothers & Sisters Lodge No. 2 of Astoria, OR and the Finnish American Folk Festival of Naselle, WA are proud to host the Kauhava Big Band from Finland on Friday, July 22, 2011 at 7:00 pm.

Kauhava Big Band was formed in 1986 by "gentlemen musicians" from all regions of Finland. The band is comprised of five saxophonists, four bassoonists, four trumpets, an accordionist, pianist, bassist and a drummer. Conductor is Jukka Lumme. Soloists are Seinäjoki tango finalist, Erkki Mustikkamäki and jazz soloist Helena Taijala. With their black tie attire and nostalgic concerts, they bring big band culture to life. You do not need to be of Finnish descent to enjoy this concert. Swing music is universal!

They will present a themed concert "Kielon Jaahyvaiset" (Lily of the Valley - A War Pilot’s Story) at the Performing Arts Center, 1653 Jerome, Astoria, OR. Tickets can be purchased at the door, at FinnWare in Astoria,OR and at Creative Flaire in Naselle,WA or by sending a check made out to FAFF, to Anita Raistakka, 92 Bighill Rd., Naselle, WA 98638. The cost is $10/adult and $5/children.

Immediately following the concert a no-host reception will be held at Fort George Brewery. Fort George Brewery will be specially preparing traditional Finnish sausages, several side dishes and Blue Scorcher Bakery’s Finnish rye bread. Please come and help us preserve Finnish American Culture on the Lower Columbia River. For more info, call 503-791-9156, visit You Tube - Kauhava Big Band or This event is sponsored by Salon VerVE, One Six Five Bond Salon and North Coast Mini Storage.

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