The Yard Dogs Road Show describes itself as a "hobo cabaret" which is a fine description, but to be more specific, the act's show is all of these things, oftentimes all at once: a vaudeville show, a big band performance, a circus sideshow, a gusty/bluesy rock and roll concert and the craziest costume party this side of Burning Man. A YDRS performance is a confetti-sprinkled, knock-down drag-out affair that provides sword swallowing and stage magic, old-timey saloon-style cabaret dancing, skits, horn sections, costumes and plenty of other surprises. Much apologies for the back-to-back lists there, but it's important to roll out, with detail, what exactly is going on here.
This troupe began as a three-piece jug band (the current lineup can be as large as 13 members) and was formed by Eddy Joe Cotton, an actual hobo who went undercover to investigate the train-hopping hobo lifestyle, then authored the non-fiction account of his travels. The show appears very much like something a hobo of days past might find at some railroad-track-side dive club.
Again, you just have to see this. We could roll out a few more lists, but your eyes and ears would do a far better job.
Yard Dogs Road Show
8pm doors, 9pm show Wednesday, September 30. $20/advance, $24/door. Tickets at Ranch Records and ticketswest.com. All ages.