Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles are in Big Trouble; Celebrating, Like, 100 Years of Romantic Comedy
Though the story of boy-meets-girl is as old as stories themselves, it’s only recently that the timeless tale surrounding loves lost and found has reached an apogee. This is in no small part due to the films of directors like John Hughes and Cameron Crowe. Sure, Romeo & Juliet is the epically tragic tale of two star-crossed lovers, but the romantic comedy has given us Lloyd Dobler’s boom box held aloft, Harold and Maude, Andy Stitzer’s 40 years of virginity, Harry and Sally proudly partaking of the pecan pie, the 30-minute mega mix of “If You Leave,” and of course, Duckie and the Donger. In the spirit of those great films (and the universal search for love that has inspired them), Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles are getting together with Big Trouble to celebrate the soundtracks; the music that has accompanied what they estimate to be, like, one hundred years of romcoms.
Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles’ music is a unique blend of delicious sounds. A little bit of hot club jazz, a dash of the old time string band sound, and a dollop of gang vocal harmony all served over beats you can dance to. And an abundance of adorability - there is no shortage of adorability.
Big Trouble on the other hand is not adorable at all; they are bad. Like Booker T and the MGs are bad. Four extraordinary musicians playing instrumental versions of anything they want. Reinventing, reconfiguring, and blowing your mind the whole time.
Together, this odd couple will team up with vocalists David Campbell (E.L.nO.), Aaron Schmidt (The Ashtray Hearts), Brian Just (Beight) and Matt Latterell to bring you a show peppered with some of the finest music known to man (that has appeared in a romantic comedy)! And what better day to do it on than on the eve of Valentine’s Day itself?
A reprise of last year’s sold out show at the 7th street entry, it’ll be a perfect night for awkward silences followed by passionate kisses, all set to the music of Otis Redding, The Faces, Paul Westerberg, OMD, PM Dawn, and many others.
Tickets are on sale now from the Cedar Ticketline (612-338-2674 ext 2), Cedar outlets (Electric Fetus, Irish on Grand, Homestead Pickin' Parlor, Depth of Field), and online at Ticketweb.
This activity is made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008, and a grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation Minnesota.