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Top of the Elks features Mingus Mountain Boptet on July 9

The Goodwin Street Gang is pictured in this 2017 file photo. The group kicked off the Top of the Elks in May, and another installment of the jazz event is slated for July 9. (Courier, file)

The Goodwin Street Gang is pictured in this 2017 file photo. The group kicked off the Top of the Elks in May, and another installment of the jazz event is slated for July 9. (Courier, file)

The Top of the Elks series, allowing people of all ages to enjoy a jazz club experience, is featuring the Mingus Mountain Boptet at its next event.

The series began in May with the idea to create a smoky jazz club feel without the smoke or the vape, as a response to a longstanding desire for people in Prescott to have a place to dance, said organizer Barry Barbe, adding that it has been going really well so far.

“Right now, we’re at about 75 percent capacity,” he said. “We’re thinking about expanding it into another room.”

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 9, at the Elk’s Theatre and Performing Arts Center, 117 E. Gurley St. Music, food and dancing begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased online at www.elgatoazulprescott.com. There will also be a cash bar.

Even if people don’t know how to dance, they can still enjoy themselves as there will be a little bit of dance instruction provided by Flying Nest Movement Arts owner and instructor Earl Duque.

Currently, the series is set to conclude with a final event in September, but Barbe said it could continue if enough people maintained interest.

“We plan to continue as long as there is interest in it,” he said. “Right now there appears to be.”

The Top of the Elks series can be enjoyed by anyone of any age. In a previous story, Barbe said that jazz spans generations. Those who are into the jazz scene are generally nice people too.

“These people are interested in the product and they identify with the music from that period,” Barbe said.

For more information on the Top of the Elks series, visit www.prescottelkstheater.com or www.elgatoazulprescott.com. The series is scheduled for the second Monday of the month.