The Dukes of Dixieland - Jazz with the SMSO

Saturday, 9 February 2019 - 7:30pm

The Dukes of Dixieland - Jazz with the SMSO

Grand Upton Hall at Lake Michigan College, Benton Harbor, MI

Saturday, February 9, 2019 7:30pm


Get a jump start on Mardi Gras when the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra brings a taste of New Orleans to Grand Upton Hall with its February 9, 2019 concert guests, The Dukes of Dixieland.


Established by producer John Shoup in 1974, the Dukes of Dixieland have been New Orleans’ pre-eminent jazz band for nearly half a century.  With 31 albums, three PBS television shows, and an internet streamed show, the Dukes play the best NOLA music including Dr. John, Fats Domino, Huey Smith, Louis Prima, plus many of their own original tunes.


Colorful, energetic, and upbeat, the Dukes join the SMSO to perform a wide variety of pieces arranged to emphasize the full sound of an orchestra. Highlights of the concert include “Clarinet Marmalade,” “Honky Tonk Train Blues” and “What a Wonderful World.”


An optional “Creole” inspired dinner and concert package is being offered for the evening for an additional $30 per person. Patrons can enjoy a 6:00pm dinner in the Deckman Studio at The Mendel Center and walk to the concert in Grand Upton Hall without leaving the building. Please call the SMSO office at 269-982-4030 by February 1, 2019 for dinner reservations.


The concert will have a more casual setting with patrons seated at tables and a cash bar available throughout the night. Concert ticket prices are $35 for Zone A seating, $20 for Zone B and $5 for students. The dinner and concert package is available for $65 for Zone A seating and $50 for Zone B.


Tickets are available online at, by calling 269-982-4030 or in person at 513 Ship Street, St. Joseph, MI 10am-5pm M-F.


Event details are as follows:

WHAT: The Dukes of Dixieland Concert

WHO: The Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra

WHEN: Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Grand Upton Hall at Lake Michigan College, 1100 Yore Ave, Benton Harbor, MI 49022

TICKETS availableonline, by calling our office at 269-982-4030, or in person at 513 Ship Street, St. Joseph, MI M-F 10am-5pm

Concert Only: Zone A: Adult: $35 / Zone B: Adult: $20/ Full time students $5

Concert and Dinner Package: Zone A: Adult: $65 / Zone B: Adult: $50



New Orleans Medley

When It’s Sleepy Time Down South

Swing that Music

Petite Fleur

Honky Tonk Train Blues

Midnight in Moscow

South Rampart Street Parade


Working in a Coal Mine

Here Come the Girls

Clarinet Marmalade

The Entertainer

What a Wonderful World

Americana Medley

Saints Tag


Dinner Menu

Chicken Breast in Creamy Creole “Gravy” Sauce

Soft Salad of Boston Lettuce with Grape Tomatoes and a French Vinaigrette

Seafood Gumbo

Rice Dressing “Dirty Rice”

Roasted Corn & Peppers “Maque Choux”

Corn Muffins

Complimentary Champagne

Cash bar


Our Generous Sponsors

The Symphony is only able to perform these concerts with support from our community.  While that support takes many forms, we are particularly grateful to our sponsors for this concert: Edward J. Todd, The Hanson Family Foundation, LCQ Magazine, and 94.9 WSJM. Additionally, this activity is supported by theMichigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.




For press inquiries regarding this concert, please contact Kevin Clark, Dukes of Dixieland Band Leader 504-434-8176, and Robin Fountain, SMSO Music Director, 615-522-8295,


About the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra

The SMSO has been an integral part of the cultural fabric of our community since 1951. We strive to cultivate and inspire a diverse audience through professional musical experiences. We embrace the responsibility to be a dynamic and vibrant part of southwest Michigan by offering innovative programming, broader venues and increased educational opportunities, while balancing artistic growth with financial soundness. Your participation and support is vital to our mission of Transforming Lives Through Music.


About the Dukes of Dixieland

Back in 1974, producer John Shoup formed the DUKES of Dixieland, and opened their jazz club atop the Monteleone Hotel in the French Quarter, calling it "DUKES' PLACE” with the blessing of its previous owner, Louis Prima. Playing four sets a night, often stretching till dawn, when three bucks would take care of the two drink minimum, DUKES’ PLACE also became the home base for a number of jazz sessions produced by Shoup for PBS, including the early Marsalis family, Stephane Grappelli, Les McCann and Toots Thielemans.

The DUKES started accepting 30 dates a year with orchestras, festivals and Performing Arts Centers in the USA and overseas, never straying long, before returning home first to DUKES’ PLACE until 1986; then a new home on Bourbon Street called MAHOGANY HALL, and in 1992, they moved home base to the STEAMBOAT NATCHEZ, where they have remained ever  since.  But still performing only 30 concerts a year with eight different themes ("Mardi Gras"; "Blues on the Bayou"; "Symphonic Jazz"; "Voodoo Revue"; "Celebrating Satchmo"; "New Orleans Jazz Legends" and "Back to Bourbon Street").  And in-between, they continue to work the dinner cruise for 45 weeks a year, 7 nights a week.


They also find time to record (29 albums), produce three (3) PBS television shows ("New Orleans Pops"; "Salute to Jelly Roll Morton" and "Celebrating Satchmo") , and stream one show a week, up to the internet.  Unlike their dixieland name, they play New Orleans music, from Dr. John and Fats Domino, to Huey Smith and Louis Prima, not to mention many of their own original tunes. With a repertoire of roughly 400 tunes, there is room for all of the above and still be the pre-eminent New Orleans band as well as New Orleans Ambassadors.






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