Janet Klein and Her Parlor Boys: Obscure, Naughty, Early 1900s Tunes
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The music was great. Cartoons and short movies were shownbefore Janet Klein came on. The cartoons were not as good as the short movies. Overall great time!
Janet Klein probably should have been born at the beginning of the 20th century, when the "obscure, naughty and lovely" songs she sings were popular. It's the era to which she feels most drawn, and whose spirit and style she so successfully recreates with her music.
The L.A.-based singer records and performs a vast repertoire of long-forgotten material -- songs from the 1910s, '20s and '30s that few people even know exist. "People think of music from the '20s as corny, but it's not ... A lot of it is really full of life and bawdy and shockingly "'cool'," says Klein.
Most of Klein's material derives from obscure 78rpm recordings and sheet music she and her bandmates collect. Some of the songs are from vaudeville acts that just happened to get recorded on film. Much of it is incredibly rare.
Klein's music goes beyond entertainment -- it's also a history lesson, a means of keeping old music alive for a new audience, which encompasses everyone from goth girls and rock fans to those lucky enough to have grown up with the music.
About the Ticket Supplier: Janet Klein and the Trepany House
Called by the LA Weekly " A Betty Boop for the fin-de-siecle" Janet Klein with her band the Parlor Boys perform forgotten gems and naughty ditties from the 1910's, 20s and 30s with panache, style and wit. Nominated for a 1998 Music Award by the Los Angeles New Times, which calls Klein "Sweet and sexy like a classic showgirl...evoking the vamps of the silent era", Janet Klein and her Parlor Boys have been performing about town to great appreciation and soldout houses.