US – Have you heard of the “vacation effect,” those positive feelings that return you to a vacation mindset triggered by an image, a smell, or a sound? Steel bands are known to produce the “vacation effect”! The inherently tropical sound of steel pan music—that buoyant, dulcet, mellifluous, silvery liquid, euphonious sound—sweeps listeners away to a lush green isle, where the days are lazy, the foods exotic, and the weather warm.
Next Saturday, Dec. 8, you’ll be swept away on a mini vacation when Aircut Music presents the Central Coast Day of Percussion at the Cuesta College Student Center (1 p.m.; all ages; $12 at tickets.cuesta.edu). Organized by Cuesta Steel Band Director Patty Dee, the event will feature her beginning and intermediate bands performing classic steel band numbers as well as Dee’s arrangements of pop songs such as Ben E. King’s “Spanish Harlem” and The Chiffons’ “Sweet Talkin’ Guy.”