“BROADCASTING LIVE, all across America, to all the ships at sea, and to all our boys in uniform stationed abroad, this is WARTIME RADIO REVUE!”
And so begins another evening with Pete Jacobs and his 16-piece big band. Interspersing the hits of the Thirties and Forties, along with late-breaking news-stories from the war-years, as well as several original songs, and even some 1940-style radio commercials, listening to this band is like taking a time machine back to a World War II U.S.O. show.
Featuring three young female vocalists with tight harmonies, reminiscent of the Andrews Sisters, a hot driving rhythm section, and eight-piece vibrant horn section, the “classic-swing” sound is both full and authentic! When you add in their “armed-forces style” khaki-colored uniforms, and costume changes for the girls, it is all there!
Formed in November of 1997, The Wartime Radio Revue quickly established themselves with appearances at such swingin’ landmarks as The Hollywood Bowl, New York's Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Catalina's Casino Ballroom, The Queen Mary, and The USS Midway to name just a few.
Dancing is what it's all about! Few bandleaders understand, and can deliver, what dancers want better than Jacobs. "I actually started this band because of my own interest in swing-dancing. When I started learning the Lindy-Hop (the original swing-dance from the 1930's), I wanted to re-create the music the way it was played back then when the big-bands would play for packed houses and dance halls. It doesn't matter how great the musicianship of the band is if you can't dance to it." And the people who flock to every swing music venue they can find overwhelmingly agree!
WARTIME RADIO REVUE offers an authentic musical experience that is nostalgic for audiences of all ages. WARTIME Radio Revue will be performing at CAM-PLEX on Veterans Day – November 11, 2019 at 7 pm. Tickets are $7-10, and Veterans and Military are FREE! Doors open at 6 pm, the Artist Connection will be in the lobby with a pottery painting craft and Stagecoach Concessions will be selling snacks (additional fees for both). Come out and celebrate our Veterans with us and get your swing dancing on!