In July the little band called the Cubs had a very successful mini tour in the bay area. In fact there is already discussion of a repeat tour next year. That's good because the band is really fun to play with and I'm always happy when Ray can get things lined up for us to play. Here's a video of us playing for the dancers at Le Colonial which is a nifty little bar right in Downtown San Francisco. It kind of looks and sounds like heaven to me.
Ray Skjelbred and His Cubs - "I'll Always Be In Love With You"
At the end of this month I'll be appearing at the Rancho Cordova Hot Jazz Jubilee (Sacramento, CA area). I'll be playing there with The Au Brothers Jazz Band and playing a couple sets as a guest artist. This will be the 2nd year for this really great new trad festival and I'm so happy that I'll get to be a part of it. For more information visit: http://www.hotjazzjubilee.com/
And now for some really BIG news. This big band (Vaud and the Villains) will have two big events in September. First on Saturday September 6th we return to the Ford Amphitheater. Last year we sold this show out and had a blast. It's a full evening show with only our band and we'll be doing it in style! For tickets visit www.FordTheatres.org
And then the following weekend on September 12th, 13th, and 14th we will be appearing at the Hollywood Bowl!! Yes, *that* Hollywood Bowl. We we be a small part of their summer season finale: "The Simpsons Take The Bowl." It will be a big night of stars, cartoons, and fireworks and we're very happy to be a little part of it. Never in all my life did I think I'd have the chance to play on the stage of the Hollywood Bowl and I couldn't think of a better band to be there with.
I have a tough time describing our show to people that haven't seen Vaud and the Villains yet, but recently Randy Lewis from the L.A. Times summed up our show nicely when he said: "Vaud and the Villains' exuberant fusion of jazz, R&B, and gospel music, wildly inventive arrangements, and dynamic theatrical performance is simply a wonder to behold. The only trouble I have with this soul-stirring outfit is deciding whether I want them at my send off when it's time to shuffle off this mortal coil - or waiting there to joyously welcome me to the other side."
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