They're like the uncles that would pull nickels out of your ear. That cranky, avuncular charm is a big part of the nearly year-old combo's appeal. That's not to say that this band is completely trying to skate by on their day jobs, but musicianship -- except on the part of Marcus and multi-instrumentalist, underground cartoonist and artist Robert Armstrong -- didn't seem like the point of this get-together. Most of the band seemed to be struggling to keep up with the frenetic tempo of their '20s and '30s rags, waltzes and polkas, all while busily concentrating on their strings.
Nonetheless, the Cheap Suits had their moments. After a hesitant "Persian Rug" rag with a delicate vocal turn by Crumb, the band pulled off songs such as the jokey, slide-whistle-punctuated "Mysterious Mose," the upbeat suicide blues "Ready For The River" with a sonorous, sweet vocal by Crumb , a bubbly "Singing In The Bathtub" and a tight, bouncy "Miniol Rag," with Marcus' jaunty fiddle taking the lead.
As the seven-piece group traded off on banjo, guitar, musical saw and vocals with varying degrees of success, Crumb and Zwigoff seemed to read my mind at one point, agreeing, "It's easier to talk than play. Even the opening performer, jazz vocalist Janet Klein, couldn't buck the cantankerous mood when she joined the band on stage.
In spite of her Betty Boop style and her big songbook of potential material, the Cheap Suits were on their worst rather than best behavior, griping about tunes they were sick of and kvetching about complicated key signatures.
Whiny and tired, the Cheap Suits were obviously feeling like either the joke -- or the joy of music -- was wearing thin when the evening petered to a close soon after, and the sold-out crowd thinned out, sated and looking somewhat relieved -- as if they had just survived a high school reunion. There's no mistaking the zeal Crumb and the Cheap Suits have for string band music and the golden age of jazz, but perhaps they should stick to the funny stuff and hold onto those day jobs. SF's preliminary indoor dining guide severely limits customers.
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