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Cheap Suit Serenaders 

When: Sun., Jan. 27, 5 & 8 p.m. and Sun., Jan. 25, 5 & 8 p.m. 2009
Price: $24.50-$25.50

Superstar cartoonist and old-time music aficionado Robert Crumb founded the Cheap Suit Serenaders to play the American string band music of the 1920s. According to legend, the afternoon before their first gig, they raided various thrift stores in Berkeley and showed up dressed in the spiffy Depression-era duds they still wear on stage. Crumb hasn't been active in the band for decades, but the band continues to mine the arcane pop music of the hotel orchestras of the '20s, forgotten ukulele-dominated Hawaiian pop songs, and the earliest recordings of the Southern folk musicians who were laying the foundations of today's country music. Today's lineup includes the multi-instrumental talents of Bob Brozman on Hawaiian steel-guitar, ukulele, and rare vintage guitars; Tony Marcus, guitar and fiddle; Terry Zwigoff, saw, cello, Stroh fiddle, and mandolin; Robert Armstrong, saw, steel guitar, and guitar; Alan Dodge, mandolin; and Rick Elmore on banjo. The Cheap Suit Serenaders play Sunday, Jan. 27 at the Freight & Salvage at 5 and 8 p.m. $24.50, $25.50. TheFreight.org


— j. poet

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