Twilight Tunes wraps up for the summer today with smooth sounds.
Lisa Markley and the Ne’er-Do-Wells are a Dallas outfit with Denton ties. Markley, a music teacher from Dallas, has played with Denton’s Paul Slavens and Jeffrey Barnes, both of them in the Ne’er-Do-Wells. She’s also played with Le Not So Hot Klub Du Denton, in addition to keeping up a regular musical partnership with Bruce Balmer and occasionally with the Malvinas.
She earned a degree in composition at the University of North Texas, played trombone in the jazz studies program’s lab bands and sang with the UNT Jazz Singers.
Markley and the Ne’er-Do-Wells specialize in jazz, folk and covers of 1970s and ’80s rock. Markley’s smooth, unaffected alto is set against smart arrangements that should satisfy hard-core jazz fans, and should Markley grace the audience on the courthouse lawn with “House of the Rising Sun,” rock fans won’t feel cheated.
The Denton Community Market will offer a taste of its usual Saturday offerings with food and produce vendors on the Square tonight, along with local artists and their wares.
Keyboard-playing singer-songwriter Anna Haas will kick off the music at 6 p.m., followed by Markley’s set at 6:30 p.m.
Haas is part of Fresh Traveler, a team of judges evaluating Denton for Rand McNally and USA Today’s Best of the Road competition.
Twilight Tunes is a tradition in Denton — a free date with music on the downtown Square on Thursday evenings in May and June.
A bounce house will be set up for children, and locals are invited to bring blankets and lawn chairs to the Square and nosh on dinners bought around the Square.
— Lucinda Breeding