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LIVE AT THE BELLY UP: Vaud And The Villains

Airs Friday, July 6, 2018 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV + Monday, July 9 at 10 p.m. on KPBS 2

Vaud and the Villains, a 19-piece 1930s New Orleans orchestra and cabaret show.

Credit: Courtesy of Audrey Nguyen

Above: Vaud and the Villains, a 19-piece 1930s New Orleans orchestra and cabaret show.

San Diego has long been known as a hotbed of great musical talent. What’s more, San Diego is home to one of the best music venues on the West Coast.

Since 1974, the Belly Up has been featuring great local bands from the Cedros Design District.

Photo credit: Courtesy of ©2012 Daniel Knighton/Pixel Perfect Images

Exterior photo of the Belly Up, located at 143 S. Cedros Avenue, Solana Beach, Calif., 92075.

Vaud and the Villains is a 19-piece band breathing new life into a 1930s New Orleans orchestra and cabaret show with vintage New Orleans jazz, R&B and gospel music all at the heart of a theatrical performance.

With each band member having featured parts both musically and in the story that the songs tell in the show, their over-the-top style, part Sunday service, part rock and roll, part circus, is a constantly evolving show that remains buoyed to their motto: “every saint has a past, every sinner has a future…”

The show was inspired by the Bruce Springsteen's "Seeger Sessions" album and includes many of those public domain songs in their repertoire.

The show, part concert, part revival show, part Americana Noire, part Moulin Rouge.

The band has toured both the United States and Europe with club and festival shows playing everything from festivals with NOLA’s own Trombone Shorty to the Hollywood Bowl’s season finale as part of an event honoring THE SIMPSONS television series.

The band’s show has become a recurring Belly Up favorite over the last few years with several featured vocalists as well as a horn section, rhythm section and instruments ranging from fiddle, sousaphone, banjo, accordion and hurdy gurdy.

In this episode, performances include “Going Back to Louisiana,” “It’s a Sin,” “Take My Hand,” “American Land,” “John Henry,” “Mad Mad Love,” “This Little Light of Mine” and more.

Vaud and the Villains is on Facebook, and you can follow @VaudandtheV on Twitter.

LIVE AT THE BELLY UP: Vaud And The Villains

Romp through 1930s New Orleans with the Vaud and the Villains on this episode of LIVE AT THE BELLY UP! Their 19-piece band performance breathes new life into vintage New Orleans jazz, R&B and gospel soul music -- it’s all part concert, part revival show, part Americana Noire, part Moulin Rouge! Listen in on favorites “Going Back to Louisiana,” “It’s a Sin,” “Take My Hand” and more.

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Belly Up brings the best in new, up-and-coming artists as well as established legends in genres ranging from alternative rock, rock, reggae, and hip-hop to blues, folk, jazz, Latin & more! Visit their online calendar of shows.

Belly Up is on Facebook, and you can follow @BellyUpMusic on Twitter.

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