Yippee! We are excited to present, on Saturday, November 21 at 7:30 PM at The Brass Heart Inn in Chocorua, NH, the unforgettable Two Man Gentlemen Band. What better musical prescription for troubled times than an impeccably dressed, throwback, neo-vaudevillian duo whose live performances are a festival of expert musicianship; clever, off-center original tunes; hilarious banter; and rowdy audience interactions?
Hailing from New York City, The Two Man Gentlemen Band combines hot jazz, vintage rhythm & blues, old-time country, and Tin Pan Alley to create a joyous sound that is all their own. Performing with plectrum banjo, guitar, string bass, novelty percussion, and a cornet, The Gentlemen whip themselves into a frenzy that is unlike any acoustic duo on the road today. And they belt out original songs that manage to be at once familiar, bizarre, fun, and entirely new. “Andy Bean writes lyrics so off the beaten path,” says Bluegrass Journal, “they are virtually cliché free.” Add to that wildly catchy melodies, and you will be singing their songs as you leave the show.
The Two Man Gentlemen Band’s intricate harmonies, instrumental prowess, and uncanny musical connection make them a great band to watch. But it is their charismatic embrace of a forgotten brand of showmanship that makes them a must-see! During songs, they frequently coax the audience to shout, stomp, dance, and whistle along with them. Between numbers, their well-honed but improvised banter with each other and the audience is often the funniest part of the evening. Banjoist Bean—equal parts vaudevillian comic, depression-era huckster, loveable rogue, and society gentleman—serves as master of ceremonies and manic front man. Bassist Fuller Condon plays the silent straight man, stoically accepting the antics of his partner with the mild disdain of an older sibling.
As if all this weren’t enough, Bean, who grew up in New Hampshire, is writing a song just for us here in the Granite State, in which the name of the 14th US president (there’ll be a short quiz after the show, ladies and gentlemen) is rhymed with “beers.” They might even teach us to dance the Drip Dry. The wonderful bluegrass band Sweet Life Review will open for the Gentlemen, and a cash bar will be available. ACT is also taking this pre-Thanksgiving opportunity to collect donations for the Community Food Center at Saint Andrew’s in Tamworth. Anyone who brings a donation of non-perishable food will be entered in a raffle to win tickets to a future ACT show. What better way to kick off the holiday season than with a festive, rollicking night of music and fun?
You can watch more of their videos here (oh how I love "William Howard Taft"—and it's historically accurate! educational!), read about their challenge to all of us here, and hear more of their songs on their MySpace page.
Tickets are available below, at The Other Store in Tamworth Village, or by calling 603-323-8104. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students 13 to 18 and college students with a valid ID. Kids 12 & under are free, but require a ticket reservation to guarantee a seat.
[Tickets will be available at the door tonight, from 6:30 on, while supplies last.]
This concert is made possible through the generous support of sponsors The Brass Heart Inn, Meredith Village Savings Bank and Profile Subaru, co-sponsors Addison Mason Builders, H. E. Bergeron Engineers and White Mountain Survey, and media sponsors 93.5 WMWV | Magic 104FM and The Conway Daily Sun.