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Wed Sept 18: 6-8 — Lee Presson and the Nails (Dark Prince of Swing)
September 18, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wed Sept 18: 6-8 — Lee Presson & the Nails (Dark Prince of Swing)
LEE PRESSON AND THE NAILS are an award-winning Big Band out of San Francisco. Led by the manic Lee Presson, LPN has been pounding out their peculiar brand of sinister swing since 1994.
The John Waters of jazz!
You were just another gate looking to spend a big night in the City by the Bay when you came across that shady character on the corner with the pinstripe suit and a twinkle in his eye who gave you a tattered business card before he disappeared into the alley. The card contained a solitary address and you thought, what the heck. You got no other plans.
The tiny club is packed but seems pleasant enough, and the guy at the door says a swing band is playing tonight. That sounds nice, you think. Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey… nice relaxing Mom & Pop type stuff. You smile as you settle into a booth with your lite beer (watchin’ those calories, right pal?). The club darkens and you turn your eyes to the stage, all set for an evening’s entertainment. That’s when everything goes wrong.
What the band starts playing could technically be called swing music, but this ain’t like no swing you ever heard. This is like cartoon swing. This is sledgehammer swing. This is in-your-face, all stops out, fire-breathing nitro-burning funny swing, and when the bandleader turns to face the crowd you realize how accurate that cartoon analogy was. This cat looks like Betty Boop’s worst nightmare. You find yourself looking for the emergency exits when he grabs the mic and shouts through clenched teeth, “Good evening ladies and gentlemen, I am Lee Presson and these are the NAILS!” And the joint goes wild. The crowd seems to understand. All you can do is settle in for the night of your life and hope that no one will hurt you.