The Todalo Shakers play vintage jug band party blues and old time rags and stomps, which sound like they are lifted right out of 1928 Memphis, Tennessee. The band features lots of harmony vocal arrangements, making for a rich and funky palette of vocal blends and a great feeling of camaraderie. The exuberance and fondness that the musicians feel for their material and each other are unmistakable. Mix in hot ragtime tunes on fiddle and mandolin plus virtuoso bass slap solos, and the party really gets going!
What exactly is a "Todalo" (pronounced "TOE-dah-low")? It's closely related to "diddy-wah-diddy" and crops up occasionally in obscure old blues songs. "I'm satisfied, satisfied, my todalo shaker by my side" is a line from the Memphis Jug Band classic You May Leave, But This Will Bring You Back. References to "todalo" turn up in songs by Mississippians John Hurt, Eubie Blake and Bessie Smith.
Eric Thompson, mandolin
Suzy Thompson, fiddler
Matt Weiner, bass
WB Reid, banjo guitar
Frannie Leopold, guitar and vocals
Suzy Thompson has long been known for her bluesy fiddling and powerful vocals. She is the fiddler of choice for Jim Kweskin, Geoff Muldaur and Del Rey. She has also worked with Maria Muldaur, Dave Alvin and Peter Rowan.
Eric Thompson began exploring country blues in the 1960s with Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions (with Jerry Garcia) and more recently in his work with such artists as David Nelson, David Grisman and Jody Stecher. The Thompsons are based in Berkeley, California.
Guitarist/vocalist Frannie Leopold has toured and recorded with the Delta Sisters and the Balkan Kafe Orchestra and is a perennial favorite instructor at many West Coast music camps including Lark in the Morning and California Coast Music Camp. He hails from Mendocino, California.
Bruce "WB" Reid sings and plays a rare vintage 6-string banjo-guitar (affectionately known as "the enforcer") with the Todalo Shakers. WB spent part of his twenties hanging out in San Diego with bluesman Sam Chatmon of the legendary string band the Mississippi Sheiks. He has toured and recorded with the Tallboys (Seattle's hottest oldtime string band), with the Carolina Jug Stompers and with his wife, Bonnie Zahnow. He makes his home in Seattle.
Upright bassist Matt Weiner, also from Seattle, boasts a distinguished resume including stints with the Asylum Street Spankers, Hot Club of Cowtown, Wayne Horvitz, Danny Barnes and Becky Kilgore. His slap bass solos are always a highlight of a Todalo Shakers performance.
Monthly Music at Noon concerts include a delicious hot buffet lunch before the concert.
Daytime Adult Learning and Culture Programs are made possible in part by a generous grant from the Maimonides Fund at the Jewish Community Federation & Endowment Fund of San Francisco, The Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties.
Need a ride? The OFJCC provides door-to-door rides for mobility-impaired seniors to all Community Tuesday lectures and concerts. The price is $10 for a round trip. All reservations must be made by Thursday morning the week before the event. To make a reservation, contact Betty Saad at [email protected] or (650) 223-8741. Funded by the Senior Mobility Initiative at the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund.
Tuesday, May 15
12:00–1:30 PM | Early admittance at 11:40 AM for those who RSVP by May 13
People without an RSVP allowed in if space permits
Schultz Cultural Arts Hall
$20 or two punches of the Community Tuesdays Punch Card
Contact: Michelle Rosengaus | (650) 223-8616 | [email protected]