Cherry Poppin’ Daddies – Musikfest Cafe – Bethlehem, PA – 5/22/14

We are half way through the year and I can say I experienced my favorite concert of the year this far.  Cherry Poppin’ Daddies put on an amazing, electrifying, and entertaining show in Bethlehem, PA at the Musikfest Cafe.  I knew going into the show that lead singer, Steve Perry, would be all over the place.  However, I didn’t know it would be the entire show.  For anyone that thinks when bands get older, they get boring on stage, go see Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, you will think differently.

I’ve always wanted to see Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, but they never came through my area a lot.  They came through Philadelphia when I was in college, but couldn’t make it.  Then they slowed down and I never thought I’d see them live.  It was sad, because I’ve been listening to them since 8th grade.  In fact during my 8th grade dance, I got the DJ to play “Zoot Suit Riot” and my English teacher swing danced with me to the song.  It was interesting because everyone was watching and cheering us on.  Odd, but I never stopped listening to them.  I am probably one of the few that thought Soul Caddy was amazing.

Regardless, the time came and I finally got to see them and it was well worth the wait.  Playing for almost 2 hours, and you can see the set list photo, Cherry Poppin’ Daddies played all the favorites, new songs, and also covers from the Rat Pack.  I should’ve bought the Rat Pack cover album they released, but bought a vinyl instead.  Hopefully the Rat Pack album comes out soon to buy.  Cherry Poppin’ Daddies’ covers of the Rat Pack songs were spot on.  Each version was just perfect and with Steve Perry’s stage presence, this was a must see show.  I wish I had someone tagging along to witness this show because it was that good.

As I said before, Steve Perry did not slow down.  He was moving, dancing, making faces, the entire time.  I sat there watching and wanting to have his dance moves.  He moved with such ease on the stage not caring what anyone thought.  It wasn’t until “Bloodshot Eyes” started playing that members of the audience got up and started dancing.  The rest of the night was filled with everyone dancing finally.

Cherry Poppin’ Daddies finished out the night, autographed, and left Bethlehem.  I am hoping they make their way through here again because I’d go again.  I know Cherry Poppin’ Daddies aren’t just a swing band, but compared to the other Swing bands, they have a lot to learn.

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