Roochie Toochie & the Ragtime Kings

Roochie Toochie & the Ragtime Kings


  • June 27, 2018 at 7:00pm
  • CSPS Hall
  • $15 advance | $18 door

Roochie Toochie and the Ragtime Shepherd Kings are coming to town! The quirky, old-fashioned quintet specializes in “the weirdest songs from the early days of Tin Pan Alley.” So devoted are they to that era, in fact, that they recorded their first album on the original recording medium, the wax cylinder. As the ensemble puts it, "We mine the zaniest and most obscure songs from the early 20th century, performing them to underscore both the absurdity and importance of popular music in American history."

The band’s made up of outstanding players from across the US, led by Tim Findlen, a ukulele player from Aroostook County, Maine. Joining him on stage are Lindsay McCaw, a Minneapolis musician and caller previously seen at CSPS with Bread and Puppet Theater; Matt Bell, a guitarist from New Orleans, where he is also bandleader for the notorious Bustout Burlesque; Aaron Jonah Lewis, who’s taught music and drama at the Royal Academy in Glasgow and the English Folk Song Society in London, and is currently based in Detroit; and Joy Patterson, a musician, Foley artist and clown based in New Orleans. Drawing inspiration from the traveling minstrel shows that roamed the countryside during the turn of the last century, part musical act and part vaudeville entertainment, the band’s mission is to get the audience on their feet. Between their high energy, and their assortment of fiddles, ukuleles, Hawaiian guitars and various mini-instruments, Roochie Toochie is quite likely like nothing you’ve seen before.