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      June 23, 2019

      Sunday   9:00 PM

      830 E Burnside Street
      Portland, Oregon 97214

      Cherry Poppin' Daddies

      In the past few years Cherry Poppin Daddies have become the kind of band that you would want to book if you were throwing a soiree at the Gatsby mansion. Penning elegant, lush, pitch perfect arrangements of much of the great American songbook, from Cole Porter to Frank Sinatra, the Daddies have surprised many- likely familiar with them from the early 90s- whose limited exposure to the band undoubtedly consists of an image of spray painted vans careening across the US as an iconoclastic, misfit part of an already marginalized punk/ska scene. In fact the Daddies have of late put together a number of excellent swing/ jazz sit down theatre type shows, each tailored to a different era of swing music: a Jazz Age Lawn Party consisting of roaring 20s and Cotton Club Era material, a swanky Live at the Sands type tribute to the Rat Pack, and a World War 2 Christmas Canteen show that is part Tiki, part Benny Goodman and comes across like a radio broadcast from Guadalcanal circa 1942. The sheer craftsmanship and professional attention to detail of these performances have shed new light on this criminally underestimated band. On top of being a show band nonpareil, the Daddies have an oh by the way double platinum ability to pen original material that, while influenced by a history of American popular music, is wholly modern lyrically, and itself stands up as classic. The 1997 release of Zoot Suit Riot set the bar for the neo-swing movement of the era in terms of originality, lyrical depth, and flat out musical sales. When you see the Daddies perform their original material you are struck by the poetry and audacity of artistic vision. Whole stirring narratives are laid down in swinging couplets that evince dual meaning and social critique. Consider Master and Slave from 1990Friends and Romans Im your brotherIm scratchin to hang onThe pursuit of happiness is just a carpetbaggers conWhen a can of pork and beans could change my attitudeYou wont give it up, but I couldve been youWhile the masters and the slaves scratch for pieces of the dreamFor purple mountains majesty whatever the hell that meansThey give up on each other and thats the way they get aheadBut I can still see the starsThrough these red, white and blue prison barsok, this is not Cole Porter clever, but its not trying to be, its something striving to be new, to be challenging, courageous, and truthful. Its not art simply designed to match the couch. What kind of band takes these kind of chances, both musically and thematically? The Daddies, thats who. Singer songwriter/ bandleader Steve Perry puts it this way, Lately, by laying our hands on the great American songbook, we have been trying to fill in for audiences the historical back story of what inspires our original brand of Americana, because in essence that is what I consider us to be, an Americana band. But instead of taking mostly from a delta blues tradition- like many of the bands labeled Americana- we adhere mostly to a pre rock, pre mid 50s, hot jazz and essentially Tin Pan Alley tradition. Then we attempt to deconstruct and dtourne those set of tropes to fit modern themes, be that something like child abuse or say the opioid crisis. Its unfortunate, but I believe it comforts modern audiences to see that we are able to play, in an orthodox fashion, material that is in the tradition, before they allow us to reach out for something unfamiliar, multifaceted, or god forbid anti-bourgeois in point of view like many of our originals are Sadly, over the past year the band has been laying low and playing a bit closer to home in order that Perry can be a caregiver to his wife, business partner, and video muse, Yvette Cherry Perry who was recently diagnosed with stage IV colorectal cancer. This setback for our family has brought us closer to our fans, who have been so giving of their best wishes and helping with small donations to Yvettes cancer care. We pledge to continue our advocacy work nationally toward earlier colorectal screening protocols and baseline cancer research so that this scourge that has been loosed on so many families like ours can be wiped out sooner rather than later. Proximity to home has allowed the Eugene, Oregon band to recently finish a new recording slated for release in late 2018 called Bigger Life. Perry says, Bigger Life is 14 songs that will allow us to touch base with our punk/ ska audience. We will continue to play the all swing, classy theater type shows that are our bread and butter, but in addition, at some point in 2019 and 2020, we would like to book a few special tours and play occasional festivals where we crank it up and play only ska punk, hopefully joining forces with some of the bands that befriended us as we were all coming up in this business. This new record turned out really special and we are excited for people to get their ears on it.

      Cost: 25.00

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