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A tribute with a groove

Denton Herb Alpert tribute band to play Twilight Tunes

The 20th season of Twilight Tunes continues today with a Denton tribute band.

A Taste of Herb has one mission: to drag Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass out of the record bin, dust it off and give it a Denton treatment. Grammy winner Danny O’Brien and Denton transplant John Weir put their spin on Alpert’s nimble trumpet work, while Paul Slavens grooves on the keyboards, Joe Cripps plays percussion alongside Tex Bosley’s drumming and Ross Schodek’s bass, while Robert Hokamp plays guitar.

Twilight Tunes is a local tradition. Denton Main Street has planned weekly summer concerts on the Square that are suitable for all ages for 20 years now. The music is free, and locals are encouraged to grab dinner from a restaurant on the Square before the music starts, or to share dessert with friends afterward. The Texas Downtown Association named Twilight Tunes the best promotional event of the state in 2012.

Coming up on May 30: the Chris Watson Band, with blues and rock.

— Lucinda Breeding

TWILIGHT TUNES

What: Free music for the whole family

Where: In May, concerts are on the Elm Street side of the Square. In June, concerts are on the Locust Street side of the downtown Denton Square.

When: 6:30 to 8 p.m. every Thursday in May through July 4

Details: Select concerts include a bounce house. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and visit downtown restaurants for take-out on the courthouse lawn. Concerts happen rain or shine. To find rain-out venues, check www.dentonmainstreet.org .