Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Rock, Rock, Rock-a-billy Boogie

This past Saturday night, when my previously-made plans fell through,  I decided that as tempting as it was, I was not going to spend another Saturday night on the couch with Netflix.  I knew a good  band was playing at a club within walking distance of my house, so I dressed up, bundled up, and headed off to The London Music Club to see Toronto Rockabilly band, The Royal Crowns.

I've always been a sucker for an upright bass

When I arrived at the venue I didn't see anyone else I knew, so I asked a couple if they would mind if I shared their table.  While waiting for the band to start playing, I was feeling rather conspicuous, and wondered if perhaps I should have stayed home after all.

Then the band started to play....

and these people showed up:  Amber (upper left), Paul, and Cindy (bottom left and right), and soon there was some laughing, and some photo-taking going on

The Royal Crowns have been playing together for over twenty years, and their suave sartorial style has contributed to their well-deserved reputation for putting on a great live show.

The original members of the band, guitarist/vocalist Danny Bartley (in plaid jacket) and drummer/singer Teddy Fury (best rockabilly band member name ever) shared songwriting duties on the band's three albums. Originally a four piece band, two member left in 2010, and Jason Adams was added as bassist.  Adams was not able to make the Saturday night show, and I didn't get the name of the guy who was filling in, but he was a first-rate player.

The music is a head-bopping, hip-shaking mix of surf, swing, country, jazz, blues and rockabilly, and the songs like "Butterball Baby" and "Three Dollar Cologne" show off Fury and Bartley's sense of humour.  There's no fancy tricks or glib stage patter to detract from the core of the band's appeal - excellent musicianship and great original material that gets you on the dance floor.

and yes, we were dancing

The guys in the band were friendly and easy-going, agreeably posing for photos after the gig

It was one of those "A good time was had by all" kind of nights, and because the audience and the  band members are not kids anymore, the show finished at a very civilized hour and we were all home by 12:30 am.   I had every intention of posting this earlier in the week, but damned if I didn't get a respiratory infection of some sort on Sunday, and felt like crap until today!


  1. I'm glad you're feeling better. Hurrah.
    This is incriminating evidence that your skirts were flying!
    The venue looks relaxed enough to let go and the band looks super cool. Isn't it great when we force ourselves to have fun and we do? The double bass gets me every time as well.

  2. Looks like you had a blast. Loved the shot of you "cutting a rug".

  3. Ooh, I love your fluffy underskirts! Looks like a good time was had by all - not bad for last-minute plans!

  4. Sorry to hear about your illness and glad that you're feeling better now!
    I used to be obsessed with the double bass, the first band I ever saw were the Stay Cats in 1980.
    You chose the perfect costume for a bit of jiving! xxx

  5. Rockabilly sounds like a great night out. I'll have to look up the band to add to my music collection.
    I'm glad you're feeling better!

  6. A good time was had by all - love those kind of evenings. And your under-skirt - fab! xo

  7. I saw these guys last year! They were great : )

    Love the shot of you showing off your crinoline.

    Did you still make it out to the vintage show? I can't remember. Maybe that was the weekend before. I see that there is another one in the downtown this weekend.

    Glad to hear you are feeling better.


  8. you look fabulous having fun and dancing!! glad you decided to dress up and go to the club, even if netflix looks really appealing to us, middle aged ladies, sometimes we need to show our petticoats with sassiness!!
    take care of yourself, anyway!

  9. Sorry to hear you've been ill, Shelley, hope you are feeling all now.
    That looks like a fine night out, and the shot of you shaking your frothy petticoat is fab! xxx

  10. The photo of you flinging your red petticoat is one of my favorites of all time! There's nothing like dancing to make one feel alive and vibrant! Looks like this night out with The Royal Crowns was highly successful in every way. And happy to hear that you're feeling better.

  11. Looks like you had so much fun. I´ve not been dancing for a long time, don´t really know why!?
    I should! When I look at your dancing-photos I gues you´re feeling better, perhaps dancing and good music can also be a very good medicine :)

    have still a good time
    I hope you can stop by and join my new project
    Dana :)