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Stolen Sweets: 1930s swing jazz confection

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The Sweets take to their natural, red-velvet-swathed, cocktail-laced environment for a night of freewheeling debauchery. This evening is a Sagittarian birthday party for their very own "band Sag" Erin Sutherland. Shenanigans (read: cake) may ensue! Special guests “The Waxwings” will be opening the show.

The Stolen Sweets formed in 2004 after rehearsing for a one-off tribute show to 1930s sister act, The Boswell Sisters. They loved the material so much, the decided they weren't ready to part with it just yet. Comprised of vocalists Jen Bernard, Lara Michell and Erin Sutherland, guitarists Pete Krebs and David Langenes and double bass player Keith Brush, The Sweets' repertoire has expanded to include material from the 1920s-1940s. Unlike the original Boswell arrangements that featured piano, clarinet, and horns, the Sweets incorporate gypsy jazz guitar accompaniment, reminiscent of Django Reinhardt. The Sweets have also started writing and arranging tunes, six of which are included on their latest record.

The Boswell Sisters were popular harmony singers in the late 20s and early 30s, keeping company with the likes of the Dorsey Brothers, Bunny Berigan, Eddie Lang, and Benny Goodman -- partnerships that provided the jazz world with some of its most influential recordings.

The nature of the music was auspicious and good-humored, providing a ray of hope to listeners during a truly dispiriting economic depression.
Advance tickets $10 + service fee; $12 door.