|The Ditty Bops
September 9, 2006 - Chop Suey - Seattle, WA
by Katie Sauro
Showing no signs of fatigue from their cross-country bike tour, the Ditty Bops charmed their way through a vaudeville-inspired set of old-timey blues, comedy and audience participation, captivating everyone from the grandparents, whose attendance no doubt resulted in Lawrence Welk flashbacks, all the way down to the mother-clinging babies. The harmonizing two-piece, adorned in sailor garb and equipped with an abundance of props and costumes, performed much of their new album, Moon Over the Freeway, which, like their self-titled debut, was seemingly plucked from the 1920s. Amidst a vast array of instruments (acoustic guitar, mandolin, fiddle, piano, accordion, slide whistle, washboard, etc.), bubbly swing, freewheeling jazz, and ragtime dominated the Ditty Bops’ set, which included “Angel With an Attitude,” “Waking Up in the City,” and their beloved classic cover of “Sister Kate.” Their set also featured rollicking covers of Dan Hicks and Les Paul tracks.