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Chasco ready to swing with dancing, big band music

NEW PORT RICHEY — Big band sounds and swinging dance moves will fill Sims Park tonight at Dancing Under the Stars, the next piece of the Chasco Fiesta nightly entertainment lineup.

The free concert runs from 5 to 9 p.m., featuring Joe Walsh and the Serenaders Big Band, along with vocalist Don Bailey. Organizers will place a temporary dance floor atop the grass for the free dance competition, which begins at 6 p.m.

The live music continues at 5:30 p.m. Thursday with Rhythm and Bluesmasters night, featuring classic rocker Rick Derringer and Chasco favorites Damon Fowler and the Bone Yard Dogs. Tickets for that concert are $10 and available at the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce, 5443 Main St., New Port Richey; Pasco Synovus Bank locations; and online at

Pasco's oldest, largest and longest festival continues through Sunday with the Native American Festival, carnival rides, the boat parade at 1 p.m. Saturday and festival food that raises money for local nonprofits.

Here's the schedule for the next few days:


5 to 10 p.m.: Native American Festival.

5 to 10 p.m.: Carnival midway open.

5 to 9 p.m.: Dancing Under the Stars.


5 to 10 p.m.: Native American Festival.

5 to 10 p.m.: Carnival midway open.

5:30 to 10 p.m.: Rhythm and Bluesmasters concert ($10).


9 a.m. to 10 p.m.: Native American Festival.

11:30 a.m.: Registration for Chasco Fiesta Golf Tournament at Fox Hollow Golf Club ($100).

1:30 p.m.: Golf tournament starts.

5 to 11 p.m.: West Pasco Sertoma Chicken Barbecue ($8 in advance, $9 at event).

5 to 11 p.m.: Carnival midway open.

6 to 11 p.m.: True Oldies Music, featuring Let's Hang On!, a Frankie Valli tribute show; and Act III and DJ Love ($10).

For information and a full schedule, visit the Web,

Chasco ready to swing with dancing, big band music 03/29/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 8:26pm]
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