AUG 28th! Portland’s Balkan, Klezmer, Swing band The Underscore Orkestra, and New Paltz’s own Folk Punk Cabaret duo Frenchy and the Punk!

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Frenchy and the Punk:NamasteDesert
Imagine Siouxsie Sioux and Dee Dee Ramone had a duo that was inspired by Django Reinhardt, Edith Piaf, Toulouse Lautrec and Deepak Chopra, this is what it might sound like. A pixie spirited flexitarian band of tree hugging, gothic, folky, Steam Punks by way of Paris and New York. Doused in red wine, kale and granola, raised on punk rock and ballet, eclectic and uplifting…fun with a capital F!The product of a 1998 office romance, the two left their temp jobs, traveled as a solo musician (him) and artist (her) selling their wares until 2005 when, Stephenson, the sultry French-born singer, jumped onstage and joined Helland, the fiery punk rock guitarist and co-founder of the infamous punk band Deep Wound with J Mascis, and Frenchy and the Punk was born.Along the way they became the “jewel of the steampunk scene” and were named one of the “Top 25 duos in America” by Yahoo music. The unlikely pairing has since released 6 full-length CDs, produced a live concert DVD and have performed all across the U.S. and in Europe. Their show is a carnival of two that will take you from the Moulin Rouge to CBGBs and back again. A rollicking flapper folk punk steampunk cabaret with Taiko meets Rio de Janeiro pounding drum instrumentals. Visit  www.frenchyandthepunk.comThe Underscore Orkestra:underscore.jpg
The Underscore Orkestra are a Portland, Oregon based band
with members hailing from many corners of the globe, playing a blend of Balkan, Klezmer, Hot Jazz, Swing and Americana music, both original and traditional. Entire sets in each style can be heard or a nice melange of all. They are often joined by live Belly Dance. Their Performance evokes the old world and the new, the eerily haunting sounds from the east, with definite roots in the west. Influences are far and wide but range from New Orleans Jazz, to Eastern European, Greek, Turkish, Bulgarian, Roma and Klezmorim Music, Manouche Swing, to Acoustic Metal.

Our Newest Album and others
Table Dance
Here are a few you tubes of us as well
Americana,  Government Housing
The Underscore Orkestra , Government Housing
Devil with the devil
Gypsy Jazz

Guaranteed to get you up and moving!!!

They have been touring the US, Canada, Europe, Central America, Australia and New Zealand for the past 9 years. The Underscore Orkestra has taken many forms over the years and has traveled far and wide in many ways, including but not limited to: vegetable oil powered tour bus, planes, trains, boats, autos, driving and hitch hiking. Their favorite way is by bicycle, which they have done numerous times in Europe. They take on many forms, sometimes a full on performance group with 10+ members, dancers and fireworks, and sometimes in a sultry quartet, with style and all that jazz. Whichever form you see them in you won’t be disappointed, they bring the same energy to concerts all over the world.

On this tour they will have Fiddle, Chalumeau,Double Bass, Guitar, Accordion, Clarinet, Drum Kit and Vocals. You can see them in many venues, from large outdoor festivals to wild and crazy basement house shows, from intimate coffee shops to raucous pubs, from small black box theaters to art center auditoriums and from the streets busking to fancy weddings and even on your living room floor, as they often need a place to stay when traveling and touring in far away places. Keep an eye out for them as they may be in a place near you. And if you want to see them play live, (availability for parties, weddings, coronations, bar/bat mitzvah, Knightings and all sorts of occasions is plentiful) give an email or a call, we might be able to come to you. We will travel just about anywhere to play music.Their live shows are something to remember for years to come, they are fond of Table Dance and of selling many wares, including Underscore Underwear, Uncle Jerry’s Magically Malicious Mustache Wax, CD’s, Neck Ties, Nude Calendars, Music boxes, and Stand up tub Bass’s.

Tickets HERE

$10.00 in advance, $12.00 @ the door.

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