Thursday, February 13, 2014

Valentine's Day Al Dente

I will be playing love songs on the accordion at Al Dente ( used to be Phoenician) on Valentines Day from 6:30 - 9:30. Musette, Tango, Eastern European, Latin, American Song Book, my compositions...

Naji and his wife have done a beautiful job redecorating. The food is Italian, Lebanese and other Mediterranean Cuisine. The chef continues to be the talented Rafael Infante. 

Click HERE for menu and further information.
And HERE for their page.

Reservations are recommended.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Oriental Fox Trot

Years ago, when the band Ululating Mummies were playing an event for the VCU Art Department, a professor came to me and asked if we were playing Oriental Foxtrot. I had no idea what it was and he explained that it was a dance craze from the nineteen teens and twenties.

Further information on Oriental Foxtrot was hard to come by. And only recently is it making it's presence on the internet.

The song I'm playing here, Salome, by Robert Stoltz, had very few versions on Youtube a few months ago and now has about a dozen. Many of them from people's 78's collections.

Robert Stoltz had a long and fruitful career as a composer, which included writing for cabaret in Berlin.
For more information on him

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Please check out my friend Karen Weatherspoon Sokohl's latest blog entry. It includes Mary Steenburgen's newly found obsession with the accordion, a testimonial by Dallas Vietty and Karen and I playing accordions in my kitchen.

Click HERE