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A Dyke About Town: Dos Fallopia, Samarabalouf, and Leon Redbone
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A Dyke About Town: Dos Fallopia, Samarabalouf, and Leon Redbone

by Mercy Moosemuzzle - SGN Contributing Writer

Dos Fallopia
20th Anniversary
at Theatre Off Jackson

Mercy and Cuteness are longtime fans of Lisa Koch and Peggy Platt's humor. The two women are wild and quick-witted, and always bring home the laughs. Cuteness points out that they also have excellent voices in the tight harmonies of the Spudds.

For their 20th anniversary show, the women decided to do a staged reading of their favorite sketches. This led to some unintended humor when Peggy had to lean very close to the script for one line, since she had left her glasses off for her role as Euomi Judd. Lisa said, "It's worth waiting for," and it was.

Mercy heard some Spudd songs she hadn't heard that she liked: "My Stepfather" and "Mama's Skirt." She also liked the line about the children's area in the Spudd's new theme park, "Tater Tots."

Peggy and Lisa's voices were also apt in their performance as the Mamas and the Peters, with songs such as "If I Had More Shoes." Cuteness liked the byplay between Lisa and the pianist who played Peter about the fact that they are divorced and the child support check is in the mail. Mercy liked the fact that Eunice in "Eunice the Unicorn" got revenge on that obnoxious child.

Mercy and Cuteness also liked the "Martina Navratilova" musical. They might have guessed the comics would adapt "America" from West Side Story for that use. Also pleasing was "Martina's" version of "My Way," which included the lyrics, "I had my share of aces/I sat on my share of faces."

Mercy is still laughing about Peggy and Lisa's imitation of Katherine Hepburn and Ethel Merman doing Beach Boys tunes. They also sang "Where the Boys Are," with "Hepburn" singing, "Where the boys are, Spencer waits for me," while "Merman" rejoins, "He's dead."

Samarabalouf
The French band Samarabalouf knocked Mercy and Cuteness' socks off at the UW World Series. Their lead guitarist, lyricist, and composer, Francois Petit, acknowledges a debt to Django Reinhardt, which he richly repays. His music is upbeat and imaginative. As Cuteness said, "Double bass player Luc Ambry got sounds out of that instrument I have never heard before," including slinging it over his shoulder, or playing below the fret from a seat on the floor. Pierre Margerin's rhythm guitar kept up with the other two. His playfulness led Petit to say, "For the first time in history, you have heard a solo on rhythm guitar." Petit also got the audience involved in providing wave and seagull sounds for the song, "La Mer." Other high points were "The Crazy Cow," "Guitarre Boogie Boolga," and "Profitez-en," which Petit taught the audience to sing along with in French. The group was given two heartfelt standing ovations by the audience - including Mercy and Cuteness, who don't give those out too easily because of their disabilities!

Rainbow City Band Auction and Dance
Mercy and Cuteness are looking forward to volunteering for "Swing Fever 2010: Puttin' on the Ritz," at which Rainbow City Band will be heating up the Renaissance Seattle Hotel with their sixth annual auction and dance.

The event takes place on May 1, and includes an evening filled with great food, musical entertainment, silent and live auctions, and swing dancing, featuring the incredible Purple Passion Swing Band. You can bring this band to your party if you are the highest bidder, or win a chance to conduct the band. Help fund the future of community band music in Seattle. Tickets are just $100. You can buy them or volunteer at rainbowcityband.com.

Leon Redbone
While his gravelly baritone and omnipresent fedora, dark glasses, and Groucho Marx moustache made him one of the more distinct and recognizable characters in popular music, little is known about the neo-vaudeville crooner Leon Redbone. Throughout his career, he steadfastly refused to divulge any information about his background or personal life. According to legend, Redbone's desire to protect his privacy was so intense that when he was approached by the famed producer John Hammond, the contact number he gave was not his own phone, but that of a Dial-A-Joke service.

Because Redbone first emerged as a performer in Toronto during the 1970s, he was believed to be Canadian. His work, a revival of pre-World War II ragtime, jazz, and blues sounds, recalled the work of performers ranging from Jelly Roll Morton and Bing Crosby to blackface star Emmett Miller. He made his recording debut in 1976 with On the Track, which featured legendary jazz violinist Joe Venuti as well as singer/songwriter Don McLean; his 1977 follow-up Double Time even reached the U.S. Top 40 charts, largely on the strength of his frequent appearances on television's Saturday Night Live.

After 1978's Champagne Charlie, Redbone began recording only sporadically; following 1981's Branch to Branch, he waited four years before re-entering the studio to cut Red to Blue. Invariably, his albums featured guest appearances from a eclectic cast of luminaries; while 1987's Christmas Island included a cameo by Dr. John, 1994's Whistling in the Wind included duets with Ringo Starr and Merle Haggard.

Redbone has appeared in a number of areas outside of his music recording/performance career. He has made appearances in the comic strip The Far Side. He performed the theme song for the 1980s sitcom Mr. Belvedere, as well as the theme from the syndicated sitcom Harry and the Hendersons. He appears regularly on the PBS children's show Between the Lions. He did a cover of Frank Loesser's romantic Christmas song "Baby, It's Cold Outside" with Zooey Deschanel for the closing credits of the 2003 film Elf. He also voiced the character of Leon the Snowman in the same film. On his 1987 album Christmas Island, he performed a version of "Frosty the Snowman" with Dr. John.

Leon Redbone is coming to the Triple Door on April 30. You can get tickets for Redbone's show at www.thetripledoor.net.

Update on Charlie Musselwhite show at Triple Door
Unfortunately, Charlie is stuck in Europe due to the volcano. The Triple Door will still be doing a show with Charlie's son, Jack Jr., and another artist they are currently trying to confirm.

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