Victor and Penny and The Loose Change Orchestra bring their “prohibition-era style jazz with a modern voice” to Winter Wind as a part of the collaborative effort between Jazz in June and The Depot to celebrate America's great musical heritage. The January 10 concert, held in The Depot, 200 S. Jones, begins at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $15.
Victor & Penny hail from Kansas City, MO, America’s roaring 1920s “Paris of the Plains.” With tight vocal harmonies, fearless feats of guitar daring and a fiery ukulele, Victor & Penny and The Loose Change Orchestra bring a modern voice to prohibition era jazz. Celebrating a time when style mattered, Victor & Penny impress and delight with charm and hot licks. They are “an absolute rollicking blast" bringing antique pop to life with their sonic archeology, as well as creating clever original songs.
Erin McGrane and Jeff Freling are Victor & Penny. The Loose Change Orchestra is James Isaac and Rick Willoughby as the core, plus a “revolving cast of dapper and talented folks.”
Erin has been an active performing artist in the KC arts and music scene for many years. She divides her time equally between Chicago and Kansas City, but calls KC home. A film, theater and commercial actress, as well as a musician and songwriter, she appeared in the Emmy-winning web series The Unreal Housewives of Kansas City and in the Oscar-nominated film, Up in the Air alongside George Clooney. As chanteuse Ruby Falls, she fronts the cabaret act Alacartoona who was awarded a 2009 Inspiration Grant from the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City. Erin is proud to say she mis-spent her youth singing in a rock band.
Jeff, originally from Kansas City, calls Chicago home most of the time where he performs regularly with Blue Man Group, Tributosaurus, Mar Caribe, and the Tom Waits tribute band Big Time. He began furiously studying the guitar at the age of 10 when he first heard Jimmy Page's guitar solo on "Whole Lotta Love" and has considered himself a guitar geek ever since. He studied at the Conservatory at UMKC and at the Berklee School of music in Boston.
Recently the duo was honored to represent Kansas City musically at a New York City press event as part the America’s Creative Crossroads campaign, “Paris of the Plains Goes to NY." Victor & Penny were honored to accept a Quad showcase at the prestigious Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference (NERFA) and performed and presented there in November 2014.
Victor & Penny Website
Video: Victor & Penny quartet live at the Kauffman Center - NYE 2013
Video: Making Electricity
Video: Victor & Penny (and the Loose Change Orchestra) - So Nice
Video: Victor and Penny - Cantina (Star Wars)
To purchase concert tickets, click on the Buy Tickets link above or contact The Depot at 405-307-9320. To learn more about Jazz in June programs visit www.jazzinjune.org. Both are non-profit organizations serving the people of Norman and surrounding communities with great musical programming.
Winter Wind Concerts are a program of The Depot Performing Arts Studio made possible in part by grants from the Norman Arts Council, the Oklahoma Arts Council and by sponsors Tom McAuliffe of Don Cies Real Estate and Cindy Merrick of Therapy in Motion. Additional support comes from contributors Skye Diers, Gingerbread Nursery School and Tom & Mary Cay Woodfin; Friends include Nancy McClellan; Danna Primm; and The Grider Family. In-kind support comes from the City of Norman, The Montford Inn and Norman Music Institute.
Jazz in June is supported, in major part, by grants and donations from: Festival Underwriters – Oklahoma Arts Council, The Chickasaw Nation, Norman Arts Council; Festival Funders – The Friends of Jazz in June, Brookhaven Village, Republic Bank & Trust; Major Funders – Kirkpatrick Family Fund, Arnall Family Foundation, KGOU Public Radio, MidFirst Bank, Allied Arts, Embassy Suites of Norman and Chuck & Gina Thompson.