The Roaring '20s ended with a crash—of the stock market, that is. From bread lines and the Dust Bowl to high-rolling stock traders taking one last leap, the end of the Jazz Age was like falling off a cliff. For those old enough to remember speakeasies, flappers, moonshiners and G-Men, it must have felt like being hit by a cultural Mack truck.
Since 2001, Frim Fram 4 has brought the jazz—and the fun—back. The local white dinner jacket-clad swing band has held court every Thursday night at Pengilly's Saloon for ages, and Saturday, March 9, it will drop its latest 12-track album, I'm a Shy Guy, at the Linen Building with the Dancing and Martinis album release party.
The album draws inspiration from the silky-smooth compositions of the Nat King Cole Trio (whose 1945 hit, "The Frim Fram Sauce," gave Frim Fram 4 its name), but it also pays homage to the likes of Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington and "The Three L's"—Louis Armstrong, Louis Jordan and Louis Prima.
The Dancing and Martinis release will also honor the spirit of the era with one heck of a party, featuring a full bar (for those of legal imbibing age, of course) and a performance by the band sure to get partygoers up and moving. Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased either in advance or at the door, although the number of door tickets will be limited. The band starts playing at 8 p.m. and goes until 10 p.m., and all the while, guests can sip away at martinis and dance the night away.