$10 in advance
$12 at the door
As the old saying goes, bad pennies have a way of turning up. In the case of The Bad Penny Pleasuremakers that’s definitely a pleasant surprise. Hot on the heels of a rip-roaring, wacky and sometimes surreal Roochie Toochie and the Ragtime Shepherd Kings show at the White Horse Black Mountain a reconfigured portion of that band makes a welcome return to the venue.
The lineup of The Bad Penny Pleasuremakers is fluid, but it’s centered around the husband and wife team of Matt Bell and Joy Patterson from New Orleans. Joy handles most of the lead vocals, plays horn-like solos on the kazookaphone (picture a bugle-shaped kazoo with plunger mute) and keeps the danceable rhythms jumping with washboard and a table full of small percussion and sound effects, while Matt plays guitar, Hawaiian guitar and sings.
The Pleasuremakers’ repertoire mines nuggets from Tin Pan Alley, the Roaring 20s and the early Swing Era with a special eye to fun and humor. The novelty factor is coupled with joyful first rate musicianship, split second timing and tons of offbeat charm. Matt and Joy are temporary Asheville residents, so be sure to catch them while they’re still in town!
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