Todalo Shakers
Wednesday, June 15, 2011, 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)vintage jug band blues and old time rags $20.50 advance / $22.50 at doorPurchase tickets online
June 15 8:00 pm

Todalo ShakersDon't miss out on the fun when the Todalo Shakers return
to our stage to celebrate their brand new CD, Tickled, Too! Taking their inspiration and most of their repertoire from the early jug and string bands and blues singers who played up and down Beale Street in Memphis in the 1920s and ‘30s, the group provides an irresistible blend of harmony and swing, old time rags and stomps.

Eric and Suzy Thompson, bluesy string band music stalwarts, formed the Todalo Shakers with three other musical compatriots: W.B. Reid plays the banjo-guitar and fiddle, Frannie Leopold plays guitar, and Matt Weiner propels the whole shooting match with his muscular bowed bass, while Eric mashes down on mandolin, tenor banjo, and guitar, and Suzy wails on fiddle. All five of them sing, making for a rich palette of vocal blends. Add to this the warm camaraderie and musical exuberance that these five always bring to their shows, and you've got one fresh, funky party on your hands!

One more important detail: What exactly is a todalo? Citing the Memphis Jug Band classic "You May Leave, But This Will Bring You Back," Eric and Suzy describe it as, "closely related to ‘diddy-wah-diddy'."

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