Saturday, June 24, 2017

The Peculiar Pretzlemen, the Gentlemen of Four Outs at the Golden Tiki, Friday June 23, 2017

It's always an occasion whenever the Peculiar Pretzelmen come to town and the Gentlemen of Four Outs try to play with them whenever we can, so we were grateful to the Golden Tiki for hosting this evening of eclectic music.

The Gentlemen opened with our set of old-time covers, from Cab Calloway to the Harlem Hamfats to Harry Roy to Leon Redbone and lots more. We had a great time warming up the crowd and our new saxman, Jesse Del Quadro tore it up and showed that he is a true Gentlemen!

(Gentlemen photos by Nikki Ruffling)

Our host, The Professor Rex Dart spun cool'n'exotic tunes throughout the night.

Having survived their travels across the harsh desert, Deacon and Kevin dressed to the nines, as they do, for their set as the Pretzelmen. Obviously influenced by Tom Waits, this duo nonetheless has their own sound, created by homemade instruments (film canister "banjo", "mandolin" and more, a modified Japanese guitar and an actual Mandocello) and Deacon's unique "drum" kit, consisting of an oversized bass drum, a couple of cymbals and assorted car parts, pie tins, skillets and whatever else he found that day, it seems! His percussion style is like none other and is an integral part of the songs. Their set consisted mostly of tunes from their assorted CD's, but always included a couple of new songs, from an upcoming record - always a treat! Love these cats - amazing sounds and nice guys - see them any time you get a chance!