Cherry Poppin' Daddies wrapped up a handful of Midwest dates over Labor Day weekend as they continue to tour in celebration of the 20th anniversary of their debut release Zoot Suit Riot.
Performing at Navy Pier's Grand Ballroom for The Great American Lobster Fest, the Cherry Poppin' Daddies revisited the neo-swing revival of the 90s, drawing out dancing fans who came to cut a rug, while not disappointing others who may have arrived for the food.
Along with Royal Crown Review, Big Bad Voodoo Daddies and The Brian Setzer Orchestra, Cherry Poppin' Daddies ushered swing and jump music from the underground to the mainstream, offering originally composed takes inspired the music of the 30s and 40s.
Founding members Steve Perry (vocals and guitar), Dan Schmid (bass), and Dana Heitman (trumpet) carried on this swing legacy with Zak Johnson (guitar, banjo), Willie Matheis (tenor sax), Joe Freuen (trombone), Paul
Owen (drums) and Andy Page (alto sax).
The eight-piece ensemble delivered a big sound, tight arrangements, infectious energy, and good fun.
The Oregon-based band doesn't make it to Chicago that often, but remain a worthy attraction to recapture the energy of two great eras of music.