20 years ago the world had a swing revival, and leading this revolution was Cherry Poppin’ Daddies and their compilation album Zoot Suit Riot. Even though Cherry Poppin’ Daddies aren’t a traditional swing band, their album threw them into the limelight. Their album is a collection of their swing songs from previous albums with five unreleased songs including the title track “Zoot Suit Riot”. Now in 2017, Cherry Poppin’ Daddies are touring on the anniversary of Zoot Suit Riot. Opening the show was local swing, jazz band Slicked Up 9’s. For almost 20 years, Slicked Up 9’s have been performing around Pennsylvania and the surrounding states making a name for themselves. It’s paid off because the Slicked Up 9’s didn’t have any trouble getting the crowd up and dancing. Taking the more traditional approach, Slicked Up 9’s music can appease anyone no matter what age. If you are in the surrounding area make sure to check them out and be ready to dance.
Its been 20 years, but Cherry Poppin’ Daddies sound just like they did when Zoot Suit Riot first came out. Steve Perry sounds and moves like he is still in his 20’s. Original members, Dan Schmid and Dana Heitman, play just as ferociously as they did when Cherry Poppin’ Daddies first started. The rest of the members, who have been with the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies for years make Zoot Suit Riot sound the way it was intended to. Playing the album front to back, Cherry Poppin’s Daddies played each song flawlessly and with smiles on their faces. For any fan, these shows are the ultimate shows to go to, and also dance all night long. However, after performing the album, Cherry Poppin’ Daddies weren’t even close to being done. Playing songs off White Teeth, Black Thoughts and The Boop-A-Do they ended the night playing about 20 songs only to return and play more songs. This time off of Please Return The Evening, their Rat Pack tribute album. Cherry Poppin’ Daddies prove age doesn’t matter and that let it be 20 years or 40 years, they will continue to play and perform amazing as always.