By Katoomba RSL Club
Touring from Portland, Oregon USA, with the Blue Mountains’ own Lime and Steel, The Underscore Orkestra is set to heat up the Katoomba RSL stage with an eclectic program of tunes on Saturday.
The band plays a blend of original and traditional Balkan, Klezmer, gypsy jazz and swing music and often incorporates live belly dance and circus arts in its shows.
Performances evoke the old world and the new, the eerily haunting air of sounds and movements from the East, with definite roots in the West.
Influences are far and wide but range from New Orleans jazz, to eastern European Roma and Klezmorim music, Manouche swing to acoustic metal.
Syncopated rhythms and original dance vignettes are guaranteed to get you up and dancing, put the p in your pistol and the zing in your zinger, boost your bravado, perk your package and tempt your temptress.
Instrumentation includes violin, guitar, accordion, horns, clarinet, bass, sousaphone percussion, harmonica, piccolo, ukulele and bambazoo.
The Underscore Orkestra is based out of Portland Oregon and has toured the US, Canada, Europe and Central America, Australia and New Zealand for the past eight years.
This is the band’s second tour of Australia, during which the group will play new material written and inspired by its previous Aussie adventure.
The Underscore Orkestra has taken many forms during the years and travelled far and wide in many modes including a vegetable oil powered tour bus, planes, trains, boats, autos, hitch hiking and their favourite, by bicycle.
The band’s live shows are something to remember for years to come, with members fond of selling many wares such as Underscore underwear, Uncle Jerry’s Magically Malicious Mustache Wax, CDs, neck ties, nude calendars, music boxes and stand-up tub bases.
“The band’s Eastern European sound is sort of a mix between Gypsy rock big guns DeVotchKa and Gogol Bordello. They’ve got the very ethnic sound of the former, and though they play fast, it’s not at the manic punk level of the latter. The phrase ‘foot-stompin’ also is apt, as their original and traditional pieces have a way of making people move’’ – Reno Retro Mix
“You know a band is good when at the end of their sound check the audience starts clapping’’ – New Paltz Cultural Collective
And with a driving banjo, doghouse bass and a sweet fiddle, Lime and Steel takes a bluegrass string band, throws in a rock drum kit and a uniquely Australian intonation for a show of originals that moves from pub rock anthems about EH Holdens to convict murder ballads.
Lime and Steel’s sweet harmonies twang through bogan bluegrass love songs and wind up into a spoon-tappin’ fast-pickin’ wine-soaked hillbilly family singalong.
The Underscore Orkestra and Lime and Steel will play Katoomba RSL Club, 86 Lurline St, Katoomba, from 8.30pm til late on Saturday, March 1. Free entry. Details: (02) 4782 2624, www.katoombarsl.com.au/entertainment, www.facebook.com/KatoombaRSL or www.twitter.com/KatoombaRSLClub.
Katoomba RSL is an ALL Ages venue (under-18s must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and must be supervised).
Free courtesy bus leaves on the hour from 6pm-11pm (phone for a pick up).