Fri 4/28 – “Baby Gramps” (Rags, jazz … throat singing) and “Hot Damn Scandal” (Tipsy American Gypsy Blues) – 8pm – $15 (Bard Room)

baby gramps4 Baby Gramps Baby Gramps, who has been called the Salvador Dali of folk music,  performed on the David Letterman Show to promote the CD Rogues Gallery produced by Johnny Depp. 

Rags, jazz and blues from the 20′s and 30′s, with wordplay, humor and throat singing.

Old-Time Salty Vaudevillian ~~ Live from Johnny Depp’s Rogue’s Gallery with tales from Australia and Italy.

“If you have never caught Baby Gramps live, this is your chance — he’s a performer with a style so distinctive you’ll never forget it.

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Baby Gramps is a high energy humorously entertaining performer with an endless repertoire. He plays acoustic antique resonator National Steel guitars, and sings his own unique arrangements of rags, jazz, & blues songs from the 20’s & 30’s, folksongs, and many originals with wordplay, humor, and throat singing. He appeals to a wide range of audiences from folk to jamband to punk to old timey traditional and to kids of all ages. Venues he performs at vary from intimate coffeehouses and pubs, to large concert halls, theaters, and festivals across the States, Canada, Europe, and Australia.

According to an article in Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, Baby Gramps is acknowledged as one of the top 50 most influential musicians in the last 100 years along with Ray Charles, Jelly Roll Morton, John Cage, Bill Frisell, Jimi Hendrix, Quincy Jones, The Wailers, The Ventures, Sound Garden, and Pearl Jam. He is credited with making Seattle audiences aware of old blues and novelty songs that the rest of the world has mostly forgotten.

Baby Gramps toured Australia, England, and Ireland as part of the Rogues Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs, and Chanteys CD Concert Tour with Tim Robbins (actor), Marianne Faithful, Martha and Rufus Wainright, Jenny Muldaur, Lou Reed, The Watersons, Martin Carthy and Eliza, Suzanne Vega, Ralph Steadman, and many other internationally know performers. The Rogues Gallery CD, produced by Johnny Depp and Hal Wilner in connection with The Pirates of the Caribbean film, landed Baby Gramps on the David Letterman Show.

hot damned scandal3“Hot Damn scandal” –  performs music that seems to be carved out of the broken heart of the American dream… you feel like you have heard these songs all your life. These are your favorite boots, your lucky hat, your Saturday night shirt, Your old dog that disappeared after the rain” – Scott Casey

“It’s as if Django Reinhardt himself is sitting in with them, in spirit and sound”  –Anna Rankin with What’s up Magazine

“The songs are a mix of raucous minor key rockers and arrestingly tender ballads.” – Robert Sarazin Blake

“Verily I say unto you… [hot] damned [scandal]… is… great” – Jesus Christ

“This… group… is… just [tits]” – Ronald Reagan

Hot Damn Scandal finds its songs under park benches and in forgotten alleyways. The resulting outlaw ballads, dirty jazz, circus freakouts, shanty-rags, string band funk, lonesome heart-breakers, and whiskey bottle love songs blend together in a sweet song syrup somewhere between a ramble and a roar. Sometimes called ‘Tipsy American Gypsy Blues’, Hot Damn Scandal pulls no punches and and puts thunder in your molasses.

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