When: Sun., April 14 2013
local acoustic swing/ukulele combo, 6-10 p.m.
What kind of music can you expect from a band that’s fronted by a ukulele master named Noodle McDoodle? “It’s a jug band, but I don’t know, it’s a hot club jug band,” McDoodle says. Other descriptors he has tossed around: pre-bop jazz, swing jazz, and acoustic music with a bluegrass feel, but with occasional forays into Hawaiian music, Western swing, and Iron Maiden cover songs. The V-Tones have featured numerous musical collaborators through the years, but the current incarnation that will play at the Sea & Sand Fest includes McDoodle on uke, Jeff Arnold on guitar, and Matt Sciarfo on clarinet. Special guest Fuller Condon, of the equally old-timey duo Two Man Gentlemen Band, will also lend his skills on the upright bass. “Being able to take the songs and play with new people makes it really fresh for us, and it’s not the same song set ever. It’s not the same song ever,” McDoodle says. The V-Tones’ musical alchemy was made for street parties and dance halls. “When we play it, people come alive,” McDoodle says. “It’s stand-up music.” The festivities run all day, but the V-Tones take the Sea and Sand stage at 1 p.m. —Paul Bowers SATURDAY