Between them, theres probably no instrument on earth that ace musicians Jim Hoke and Randy Leago dont either play or have mastered. Theyre just as versatile when it comes to idiomatic preferences, something that serves them well as co-creators and leaders of Aqua Velvet, a band that truly explores the breadth and depth of American and world music. Aqua Velvet takes classic tunes from three major decades, the 50s, 60s and 70s, and turns them inside out and up and down. From doo-wop and jump blues to lounge pop, first (or second) generation British invasion, Motown and Stax, disco and funk, Aqua Velvets got a take on it. They also weigh in periodically on such styles as tango, mariachi and klezmer. Besides the 32 instruments Hoke and Leago play, they also have plenty of gifted friends to assist them, such as bassist Brad Jones, vocalist Kristi Rose, Hokes equally talented son Austin and even celebrated singer Janis Ian. In short, whatever type of music you enjoy, Aqua Velvets capable of playing it with verve and style.
Tue., Dec. 15, 7 p.m., 2009