America’s Sweethearts Sing and Swing

by Dave Cunningham, Guest Writer

Live Music is Back in Port Ludlow!

Wouldn’t it be sweet if we could start moving past this pandemic thing and come together to enjoy some live music in Port Ludlow again … and do it safely? America’s Sweethearts — female singers who belt out remarkable three-part harmony—are coming to do just that as Port Ludlow Performing Arts (PLPA) revives its popular concert series.

Known as “The Sweets” for short, the trio will be singing on the Bay Club stage at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 5. Based in New York City, America’s Sweethearts specialize in songs from the Great American Songbook, classic Broadway, pop tunes and jazz. Their look and sound will remind you of The Andrews Sisters, which is no accident: their performances are a tribute to the unique harmonies for which The Andrews Sisters were famous.

“The show is a bundle of joy that makes you want to tap your toes and dance in the aisles,” wrote reviewer Ricky Pope in Broadway World. “Their energy is infectious.”

“The Sweets” aren’t only about music from the 1940’s, however. They pay tribute to many other girl groups and performers from the ’50’s and ’60’s that you may remember, like “The Shoop Shoop Song” by Betty Everett (and covered later by Cher), and Lesley Gore’s “It’s My Party.”

“The Sweets” are actually an 11-member group of soprano, mezzo and alto singers, but only three of them perform together at any given time. They are happy to be singing again, all over the country, from Baltimore to South Dakota and from Wisconsin to Port Ludlow.

Is it safe to come to indoor concerts again? PLPA is making sure of that. Audience members will need to show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test taken within 72 hours of the concert. Performers are also held to the same standards. All audience members will also be required to wear masks.

PLPA shut down its popular music and entertainment series as the virus ran amok throughout the world for much of the last year, but with careful protocols, indoor events at the Bay Club have been given the green light. With your help, understanding and cooperation, we can have some fun again. And America’s Sweethearts figure to provide a lot of fun, especially for anyone who has ever heard tunes sung by The Andrews Sisters.

Concert tickets are available for online purchase at PortLudlowPerformingArts.com. Single tickets are $30, and you can save money by getting a season ticket for all five shows for just $135. Tickets also will be available at the door, which opens 30 minutes before the concert begins. Season-ticket holders, concert underwriters and benefactors are allowed entrance into the auditorium 15 minutes prior to general admission for their choice of seating. 

The show is sponsored by Gil Skinner in tribute to and in memory of his wife, former PLPA president Barb Skinner, who died in 2019 after a battle with brain cancer. PLPA also thanks Terri Ross, whose generosity will help make possible every show in the coming season.