Preview: Jazzy musical 'Five Guys Named Moe' comes to Riffe
The song titles of the musical "Five Guys Named Moe" are a pleasure for anyone who likes things a little raunchy. Among them: "What's the Use of Gettin' Sober," "I Like 'Em Fat Like That" and "Pettin' and Pokin'."
It's good to let your 15-year-old self have a laugh, but the most interesting part of these songs is the legacy of the songbook in which they reside.
"Five Guys Named Moe" is about a man named Nomax, a despondent new dumpee who finds solace by listening to the music of, you guessed it, five guys named Moe (distinguishable by descriptors Big, Eat, No, Little and Four-Eyed). The band of Moes play the songs of popular 1940s-era saxophonist and songwriter, Louis Jordan, who wrote the original "Five Guys Named Moe" musical in 1943.
Jordan's brand of jazz, a pulsing, syncopated stew of boogie-woogie, swing and blues guitar, laid the groundwork for rock and roll's cultural breakthrough a decade later.
CATCO's rendition of this hip hopping hit runs through May. Can't attend? At least YouTube Jordan singing "Ain't Nobody Here but Us Chickens."
Studio Two Riffe Center
77 S. High St., Downtown