The Science Museum of Virginia's "Swingin' on the Tracks" fall music series opens Thursday, Sept. 23, with the jive-and-jump sounds of The Love Dogs. Featuring hot horns, rolling piano and fine vocals, the seven-piece band's "tribal love vibe" should set the right party mood for those looking to blow off some steam after eight hours of the daily grind.
The Dogs' hip-shaking sound has plenty of snap and swing, but the group tries to distance itself from trendier dance bands on the scene today. Mixing the soul of Ray Charles, the performing spirit of Little Richard and the arranging precision of Count Basie, the Boston-based group has a rhythm-and-blues groove many swing bands lack. Dogs' frontman Ed Duato Scheer freely acknowledges that the group has benefited from the resurgence of swing, but he's also openly taken issue in the past with the viability of the current dance scene. Scheer contends that his band's music is more durable than that of some zoot-suiters riding the popularity wave today. Check it out, make up your own mind and get your after-work party going.
Rounding out the Swingin' series are: A.J. Croce on Sept. 30 with his original piano-driven tunes; Austin's country honky-tonk masters The Derailers on Oct. 7; and the upbeat dance sounds of Swingerhead on Oct. 14.
Swingin' on the Tracks events will be held rain or shine under the restored train canopies adjacent to the museum at 2500 W. Broad St. Shows are 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the gate. Call 367-2543 for
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