Cherry Poppin' Daddies CD Release Party

Event Date/Doors Open: 
Friday, June 14, 2019 - 8:00pm
Event Time: 
$25 Advance, $26 Day of Show

            On Friday, June 14, the Community Center for the Performing Arts and University of Oregon Campus Radio 88.1 FM KWVA proudly welcome the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies back to the WOW Hall for a special Ska/Punk Throwback Show in celebration of the release of their 11th studio album, Bigger Life.

            “Swing, Ska, Rock, Punk, I do what I want!” declares Steve Perry, frontman for Eugene’s Cherry Poppin’ Daddies.

            The CPD played their first show in November 1988, and began performing regular gigs at the WOW Hall shortly after that.  That’s three decades of Daddies, folks!  Old-timers probably remember when the band’s name was considered too controversial and they had to perform here under pseudonyms.  The audiences didn’t seem to mind, though, as the shows continued to sell out year after year after year.  Patrons here voted them the WOW Award for Favorite Local Band in 1994, ’95, ’97, 2008 and 2015!

In the past few years Cherry Poppin’ Daddies have become the kind of band that you would want to book if you were throwing a soiree at the Gatsby mansion. Penning elegant, lush, pitch perfect arrangements of much of the great American songbook, from Cole Porter to Frank Sinatra, the Daddies have surprised many.

The Daddies of late have put together a number of excellent swing/ jazz sit down theatre type shows, each tailored to a different era of swing music: a “Jazz Age Lawn Party” consisting of roaring 20’s and Cotton Club Era material, a swanky “Live at the Sands” type tribute to the Rat Pack, and a World War 2 “Christmas Canteen” show that is part Tiki, part Benny Goodman and comes across like a radio broadcast from Guadalcanal circa 1942.

On top of being a show band nonpareil, the Daddies have an “oh by the way” double platinum ability to pen original material that, while influenced by a history of American popular music, is wholly modern lyrically, and itself stands up as classic.  The 1997 release of Zoot Suit Riot set the bar for the neo-swing movement of the era in terms of originality, lyrical depth, and flat out musical sales. 

Sadly, over the past year the band has been laying low and playing a bit closer to home in order that Perry can be a caregiver to his wife, business partner, and video muse, Yvette “Cherry” Perry, diagnosed with stage IV colorectal cancer.  Proximity to home has allowed the band to recently finish a new record, Bigger Life, slated for release June 14 on the band’s Space Age Bachelor Pad Records.

Perry says, “Bigger Life is 14 songs that will allow us to touch base with our punk/ska audience.  We will continue to play the all swing, classy theater type shows that are our bread and butter, but in addition, we would like to book a few special tours and play occasional festivals where we crank it up and play only ska punk, hopefully joining forces with some of the bands that befriended us as we were all coming up in this business. This new record turned out really special and we are excited for people to get their ears on it.”

Current members of Cherry Poppin' Daddies are Steve Perry (singer/songwriter/rhythm guitar), Dan Schmid (bass), Dana Heitman (trumpet), Zak Johnson (guitar, banjo), Willie Matheis (tenor sax), Matt Hettwer (trombone) and Josh Hettwer (alto sax).

Tickets are $25 in advance, $26 day of show.  Doors open at 8:00 pm and showtime is 9:00.

NEW album BIGGER LIFE coming soon - get your copy here -