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Thursday, December 09, 2004  

The Ditty Bops!
Last night we saw The Ditty Bops at the small (and I mean a capacity of 120 tiny) club: Largo. The show was absolutely fantastic! A combination of very intimate venue, fantastic seats, and a great and very enthusiastic band made for a memorable night.

We had dinner reservations and arrived early ensuring us the PRIMO booth adjacent to the stage and were positively floored by the genre-melding performance by the band. I'm hard-pressed to come up with an adequate description of the music, the best I've come up with with is "retro-jazz indie-pop," (my coworker who turned me onto the bad suggests "ragtime folk-rock.") Neither of those really capture the toe-tapping tunes that the two grills throw-down while jamming on the guitar, mandolin, and dulcimer, backed up with paino, fiddle, and banjo with a heaping side dish of "effortless harmonies." Their album is on of those where every song is a favorite at one-point or another, and even though they didn't play my current favorite, the puppet shows, sea-chanteys, and skits more than made up for it. They had just gotten back to LA (their hometown) after touring with the Dresden Doll's for a couple of months, and their excitement at being home was very clear as they pulled out all the stops for the show. They even stuck around after the show and talk to the fans! I highly suggest you check them out post-haste (here is a handy iTunes link.)

posted by JMV | 12/09/2004 04:39:00 PM
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