WEEKEND: The Perfect Gentlemen to ‘shine’

PORT LUDLOW — “Java Jive.” “I Want You to Be My Baby.” “San Francisco Bay Blues.”

That’s a mere taste of what The Perfect Gentlemen will dish out in not just a concert, but a costumes-props-and-characters revue.

Beginning at 8 p.m. today at the Bay Club, 120 Spinnaker Place, The Perfect Gentlemen will saunter down a musical path, singing songs from the 1920s through the ’50s in harmony and then gliding into their signature piece, “A Salute to the 20th Century.”

This award-winning number is “Shine on Harvest Moon,” done in just about every genre imaginable.

“We take the song,” said tenor Phil Gold, “and we do all these musical styles: bluegrass, doo-wop, disco,” among others.

The Perfect Gentlemen give “Shine” the vintage-1908 treatment first, then move through blues, country and rock to finish it in a rap sensibility.

“We do them back to back to back, so in about 10 minutes, you see the 20th century in music,” Gold promised.

The Perfect Gentlemen — first tenor Gold, second tenor Bob Hartley, bass Jim Campbell and baritone Tim Reeder, who also plays guitar and ukulele — re-create the close harmonies of The Ink Spots and the Pied Pipers.

Based in Los Angeles, they have traveled the world, performing in schools, on cruise ships and in theaters, always going for the fun factor.

“Really, what we’re doing is a variety show. We try to make it as theatrical as possible,” Gold said.

“We’re going to be doing songs people know in a fun way and doing some comedic material” while taking on various personae.

Tickets to the Gentlemen’s show are $24 at www.BrownPaperTickets.com and www.PortLudlowArtsCouncil.com. Information — and dinner reservations at the adjacent Fireside Restaurant — are available by phoning the Bay Club at 360-437-2208.


Features Editor Diane Urbani de la Paz can be reached at 360-417-3550 or at diane.urbani@peninsuladailynews.com.

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