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Sweet Hollywaiians, Leftover DreamsPurchase tickets online
October 16 8:05 pm
The Sweet Hollywaiians share a passion for string band music of the 1920s and 30s–Hawaiian, Italian, swing, ragtime, calypso, blues–just what you’d expect from a group of street musicians from Osaka, Japan, right? Tomotaka Matsui sings and plays guitar, ukulele, tenor banjo, mandolin, and Hawaiian steel guitar. Nobumasa Takada, a.k.a. King Mario, sings and plays ukulele, mandolin, tenor banjo, and guitar. Takashi Nakayama sings and plays ukulele, mandolin, and guitar. Kohichi Tsutsumishita sings and plays bass and ukulele. According to film director and Cheap Suit Serenader Terry Zwigoff, “The Sweet Hollywaiians have probably the best feel for ‘20s music of any string band working today. They manage the rare feat of sounding relaxed even when their playing is hot. They are top notch musicians with tasteful arrangements and a full, rich, warm sound. Plus, they have a nice gamut of tunes, from King Nawahi to Giovanni Vicari to Bobby Leecan. See them live, if you can, for an unforgettable experience.”
The sound of Leftover Dreams is sweet and easy, smooth and light. Tony Marcus is a superb vocalist and dazzling violin and guitar soloist who has been bringing down the house for years in ineffably dapper performances with Cats & Jammers and the Cheap Suit Serenaders. Dirk Richardson of the East Bay Express has called his voice “the definition of mellifluous.” Patrice Haan brings her rich contralto to lovely duets on standards and not-so-standards from the golden age of American song, from luscious ballads by Rodgers and Hart, the Gershwins, and Harold Arlen, to toe-tapping Fats Waller romps. “Good songs, sung well, with pleasing accompaniment and fine harmonies – almost a forgotten art,” says Richard Hadlock of the radio program The Annals of Jazz. “Singers Patrice Haan and Tony Marcus (also an ace guitarist) do something unusual: they treat often neglected popular songs with respect, restraint, and unerring good taste.” Kevin Russell, radio host of Down from the Mountain, says, “Leftover Dreams is simply a gem!”
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