When John Reynolds plays his bright resonator guitar and sings "Dinah" with the Rhythm Club Allstars, all dressed in vintage suits, it's feels...authentic. The venue doesn't matter -- listeners are instantly zapped to a 1925 garden party or the set of a period movie.

Dancers took the opportunity to use their Charleston and Balboa steps on jazz, blues and New Orleans tunes from the ’20s through ’40s, including "Diga Diga Do," "Honeysuckle Rose," and "Margie," which was sung by cornetist-trombonist Corey Gemme.

After playing their rendition of "Sweet Georgia Brown," bandleader and drummer Daniel Glass (longtime drummer for Royal Crown Revue) pointed out that the intro and outro of the song were actually from Creedence Clearwater Revival's 1969 hit "Proud Mary," leading them to call their version "Proud Georgia Brown." It was the only hint of modernism of the evening. Even "Stagger Lee," sung by upright bassist John Hatton (usually seen with the Brian Setzer Orchestra), is originally a 1928 blues folk song by Mississippi John Hurt -- even though the 1959 Lloyd Price version is the hit most people would remember.

  • Concert: the Rhythm Club Allstars
  • Show date: March 21
  • Venue: Viejas Casino's Dreamcatcher Lounge
  • Seats: general

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