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Merrimans' Playhouse Jazz Performance Series presents Victor & Penny!
Merrimans' Playhouse
South Bend, IN
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Merrimans' Playhouse Jazz Performance Series presents Victor & Penny!
Victor & Penny return for an intimate evening of Prohibition-era jazz, original tunes, and poetry in the beautiful listening room at Merrimans' Playhouse.

Victor & Penny is a KC based duo performing music they call Antique Pop; performing clever original tunes and bring a modern Kansas City voice to prohibition era jazz. Playing vintage instruments with modern sensibility, swing-infused folk-jazz rooted in the riff-driven Kansas City style, delivered with class, joy, and soaring musical improvisation. They bring a fresh twist to music of the early 20th century and unique arrangements of modern tunes with characteristic charm and good humor. "With the lady on ukulele and the gentleman on guitar they impress and delight with humor, charm and hot licks - they are ' absolute rollicking blast.'"

McGrane and her partner, guitarist-singer Jeff Freling, have a natural chemistry that infuses their musical performance with an undeniable electric energy. Her solid ukulele strumming provides a heartbeat while he provides leadership and rapid-fire solos recalling Les Paul or Chet Atkins on his vintage Kay archtop. They had me breathless
-Kristen Shafel Omiccioli  KC Metropolis

Victor & Penny are Jeff Freling (Blue Man Group, Chicago) and Erin McGrane (George Clooney's, "Up in the Air" and cabaret troupe Alacartoona). Formally trained at Berklee School of Music (Boston) and the Conservatory of Music (Kansas City), Mr. Freling participated in the international program, The Acoustic Guitar Project in 2014 and is an accomplished composer, arranger, an outstanding instrumentalist. Ms. McGrane is an ArtsKC Fund Inspiration Grant recipient and a Mid-America Arts Alliance Professional Development Grant recipient as well as a fellow of the ArtistINC program for which she currently serves as a peer facilitator and a workshop presenter. The group just released their 4th album, 'Electricity,' which joyfully captures the energy, humor and soaring musical improvisation of their live show.

Victor & Penny was honored to represent Kansas City at a New York City press event as part the Americas Creative Crossroads campaign, Paris of the Plains Goes to NY." The pair has performed at such notable Kansas City events as the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts inaugural New Years Event, the Missouri Governors 2016 EDC Awards Luncheon and KC Union Stations Centennial Celebration, and KC Mayor Sly James 2015 State of the City Address. Victor & Penny were invited official showcase artists at the prestigious Folk Alliance International Conference (FAI 2014 and 2015), the Southeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference (SERFA 2016), and the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference (NERFA 2014). V&P were 2013 Escape-To-Create artists-in-residence in

Erin has been an active performing artist in the KC arts and music scene for many years. Erin is a film, theater and commercial actress; a musician and songwriter; and one of the co-hosts of the new TV program CINEMAKC. Most notably, Erin appeared in the Emmy-winning web series THE UNREAL HOUSEWIVES OF KANSAS CITY and in the Oscar-nominated film, UP IN THE AIR alongside George Clooney. Look for Erin in the thriller feature film NAILBITER. As chanteuse Ruby Falls, she fronts the cabaret act Alacartoona who was awarded a 2009 Inspiration Grant from the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City. She is proud to say she mis-spent her youth singing in a rock band and was named Kansas City's sexiest musician in the Pitch Magazine's "Best of KC 2005".

Jeff, originally from Kansas City, calls Chicago home most of the time where he has performed regularly with Blue Man Group, Tributosaurus, Mar Caribe, the Tom Waits tribute band B1G T1ME, and has performed alongside Doug Gillard (Guided By Voices). He began furiously studying the guitar at the age of 10 when he first heard Jimmy Page's guitar solo on "Whole Lotta Love" and has considered himself a guitar geek ever since. In the late 80s and early 90s Jeff was the guitarist and co-songwriter for two of KCs favorite bands: The Mongol Beach Party and Grumpy. He studied at the Conservatory at UMKC and at the Berklee School of music in Boston.

$15 Advanced, $18 Door, $10 Student
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Merrimans' Playhouse (View)
1215 Mishawaka Ave.
South Bend, IN 46615
United States


Music > All Ages
Music > Folk
Music > Jazz

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!



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