The Skagit County Historical Museum and the Lincoln Theatre present
in a solo performance on Sunday, July 27th at 5:00pm.
Grammy Award winning singer and one fourth of the vocal group, The Manhattan Transfer, Cheryl will be in town briefly while touring with the group. A close friend has made arrangements for a rare hometown concert to benefit the Lincoln Theatre and the Skagit County Historical Museum.
When Cheryl Bentyne joined The Manhattan Transfer in 1979, everything became “just right.” It has been with her that the group has attained its status as the most successful harmony group of all time – each part coming together with an unmistakable chemistry that not only nurtures the group as a whole, but lets the individual contributions of each partner come through. Cheryl’s are obvious: From her memorable solo in “Meet Benny Bailey” to her portrayal of Lucy in the “Blee Blop Blues” video to her exquisite voicing of Django Reinhardt’s guitar solo on “Clouds” (adapted from Nuages) on SWING, her talents are much of what is The Manhattan Transfer.
Cheryl was raised in a musical family. Along with her parents, Cheryl and her three brothers lived in Mount Vernon, Washington. Her father was a swing musician, known as “The Benny Goodman of the Northwest.” Her mother was a singer, so it was only natural that Cheryl would be interested in music. Her interests included theatre, classical piano – which she studied for seven years – and of course, singing. She began singing at age 13. “My mother, who heard me sing in a school play, said, ‘My God! You can sing! Why don’t you go sing with your Dad?” So on Friday and Saturday nights, I’d be singing tunes like “Hello Dolly” and “Am I Blue?” to Dixie and swing fans,” Cheryl remembers. Singing these tunes with her father’s band at the Elks Club gave her a lot of great experience. When asked about her musical influences, Cheryl says: “My father – a great swing musician, clarinet especially!” Cheryl is often given the clarinet parts in the vocalese tunes the group has done – her voice is perfectly suited to be a clarinet. She adds, “My mother was an encouraging force and got me singing in my Dad’s band.” She also lists Judy Garland, “for being the greatest of them all.”
General seating tickets for this special performance are only $20.00. There will also be a limited number of tickets available for a VIP reception at 3:30pm with reserved seating for the concert available for $50.00.