Victor and Penny perform ‘antique pop’ at Cavalcade


Music from 1920–‘30 comes to life “with a fiery ukulele and a red-hot jazz guitar,” thanks to Kansas City-based duo Victor and Penny.

“Victor” is Jeff Freling, who attended Berklee School of Music and part of the Chicago Blue Man Group, and “Penny” is Erin McGrane of the cabaret group Alacartoona and George Clooney’s “Up in The Air.”

They will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, at Cavalcade, 201 E. Aspen Ave., in Fruita.

“Victor and Penny put the swing, the jump, the dance and the roll in early twentieth century rock and roll,” a news release said.

Performing what they call “antique pop,” the duo has been touring the U.S. for the past two years.

Along with performing, the McGrane and Freling will offer the workshop “Ukulele As a Rhythm Instrument” for ukulele players of all abilities at 6 p.m. Friday.

McGrane and Freling will show participants the “difference between just strumming along and driving the rhythm,” the release said. “Learn simple but effective strumming techniques and delve into the styles of swing and gypsy jazz. They’ll also demonstrate how to arrange songs for ukulele, including interpreting the feel and finding useful chord substitutions to help you play more confidently and musically, and just have more fun.”

Admission to the concert is $10. The workshop costs $20. Admission to both the concert and workshop is $25.

Go to see videos and hear music from the duo’s album “Antique Pop,” released in 2011, or call Cavalcade at 260-5413 for information.


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