Rocking Chairs Rhythm Revue
Music, comedy and fascinating rhythm come alive in this unique 2-man (person?) band powered by Audrey Hepcat (mandolin, cello, electronics) and Midnight Earl(guitar, bass, ukulele, percussion). The Rhythm Revue reimagines the sounds of Memphis, New Orleans, Chicago, Harlem, and the West coast Hipsters — it's music you won't hear anywhere else, but you'll want to take with you everywhere!
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Once upon time in the 1930s and 40s, Harlem was the hot spot of American popular music. The Upper Manhattan neighborhood became a mecca for Swing Bands, and later, small jazz combos with a ‘big band’ sound. In the 1950s, Chicago became the new voice of hip, introducing a faster, more energetic style of rhythm-based blues that would become the foundation for rock ‘n’ roll from Chuck Berry to the Beatles and beyond. Long Island hipsters Audrey Hepcat and Midnight Earl (the Rocking Chairs) did not grow up in Harlem in the 1930s, Chicago in the 1950s or London in 1964. But they did discover a kind of stir fry mix of these sounds in 2004 during a weekly late-night jaunt to the Apollo Diner in East Meadow, NY. After hearing saxophonist Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five, Hepcat and Earl knew they had found their true calling with the very entertaining musical form called ‘jump blues.’
But jump blues is just the starting point. Music, comedy, a little history and lots of fascinating rhythm come together in this one-of-a-kind 2-person band that celebrates the best of American and British popular music from the 1930s to the present. The foundation of the Rocking Chairs sound is rhythm and strings, hence the name ‘Rocking Chairs Rhythm Revue’. Their music combines the brassy riffs of swing bands, the energetic dance rhythms of jump blues, and the comedic flair of vaudeville theater in arrangements you won’t hear anywhere else. And while most neo swing bands rely on trumpets, trombones and saxophones, the Rocking Chairs brings the music to life with a more subtle, but eventful palette of guitar, cello, mandolin, an occasional keyboard and bass, and an assortment of novelty instruments.
We play jump blues, western swing, rockabilly, standards, traditional, even classical music with everything but the kitchen sink (although if you provide one, we’ll play it, too.) From Bach to the Blues Brothers, we put our brains, fingers, toes, and hearts into every note we play.
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