New York City's Best Dressed Two Man Band!
Free kazoos, impeccably tailored outfits, rowdy sing-alongs, furious banjo strumming, and a set full of quirky, clever, sometimes-naughty original tunes. Thatâ€™s The Two Man Gentlemen Bandâ€™s formula for a good, old-fashioned musical spectacle.
Hailing from New York City, The Two Man Gentlemen Band combines hot jazz, old-time country, tin pan alley, and vaudevillian swing to create a joyous two-man sound that is all their own. Performing with plectrum banjo, string bass, kazoos, and foot percussion, The Gentlemen whip themselves into a frenzy that is unlike any acoustic duo on the road today. With the energy of a band two or three times their numbers, The Two Man Gentlemen Band concocts a ruckus that is lively, danceable, and insanely fun.
The music provides a perfect foundation for The Gentlemen's wry, idiosyncratic lyrics, which vary in subject from the historical, to the romantic, to the bawdy, to the inane. On their latest album alone, (Heavy Petting, Serious Business Records) The Gentlemen sing an ode to William Howard Taft, compare true love to the square root of two, celebrate the skills of a female kazooist, challenge each other to a badminton duel, and extol the virtues of, you guessed it, heavy petting. Though they pepper many of their tunes with playful innuendo, The Gentlemen â€“ being Gentlemen, after all - never utter a vulgar word. The unifying element in their music is not the occasional naughty insinuation, but rather the clever, good-natured wit that shines through in each of their songs â€“ especially when they are performed live on stage.
Beginning with the ritual distribution of free kazoos (provided by the bandâ€™s sponsor, Kazoos.com) and ending with a camp-revival-like shout-along about our fattest president, a live performance by The Two Man Gentlemen Band is a non-stop festival of interactive, old-fashioned entertainment. Banjoist Andy Bean serves as master of ceremonies and scarcely allows the band or the audience to take a breath. Equal parts vaudevillian comic, depression-era huckster, and society gentleman, Bean cajoles the audience to participate; scolding them playfully when they cannot answer one of his trivia questions ("Whatâ€™s the difference between a blimp and a zeppelin?") and offering constructive critiques of their performance during one of the showâ€™s many kazoo-alongs ("You sound like a swarm of locusts!"). Bassist Fuller Condon plays the silent straight-man, stoically accepting the antics of his partner with the mild disdain of an older sibling.
Two years of full-time street-performing in New York Cityâ€™s Central Park taught the gentlemen this: when the band slows down, the audience takes a hike. So, The Two Man Gentlemen Band never slows down. And the audience never stops smiling.
"One of the most entertaining shows Iâ€™ve ever seen and most certainly the funniest! I was in stitches all night long!" â€“Matt Morelock, WDVX-FM, Knoxville, TN