While most people only think of “Zoot Suit Riot” and swing dancing when they hear of Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, the band is in fact more then just swing music. The group have more ska-swing songs out then regular swing and can easily be compared to Squirrel Nut Zippers or sometimes even Sublime. Steve Perry formed the band back in 1989 and is one of three original members still in it. Their latest release is Skaboy JFK which came out in 2009 and this will be the last stop on their tour this year. Cherry Poppin’ Daddies do have plans to release a new album either late this year or early 2012.
What type of band would be cool enough to open up for the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies? Why a local punk Elvis cover band, of course. The Graceland Five do what many would not think possible; they do punk covers of famous Elvis Presley songs and in full King garb. While many cover and tribute bands try too hard and never quite catch the aura of their idol, Graceland Five actually do a fantastic job of channeling Elvis as well as do fast-paced covers of “Don’t Be Cruel” and “Jailhouse Rock”. Make sure to show up early tonight and catch these guys.
Tonight is a rare and unique opportunity to see up-and-comers St Paul de Vence in a very intimate venue. Empty Sea Studio can only accomodate about 40 people, so make sure to get there early to see if any tickets are still available for this awe-inspiring performance.
St Paul de Vence is a band that has been mentioned on SSG Musicbefore, and is a band that will soon be getting talked about by many more media outlets. While most bands seem to have a story behind them, St Paul de Vence has a very unique one. The premise behind them is lead vocalist Benjamin Doerr’s grandfather bestowed his World War II stories to Doerr and he then started turning them into lyrical stories of his own. Each song is like a snippet of time into a soldier’s thoughts and life, whether it be about drinking, fighting, or lusting after someone one. They opened with Saints and the band really got the crowd on the dance floor when they started playing Pink Wine, their powerfully animated song that features an accordion, ukulele, tambourine, Spanish-style guitar solo, and lyrics regarding wine and handsewn clothes.–Lindsey Scully