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High-Flying Circus Acts Meet the High-Energy Swing Band at KSO’s SWINGIN’ CIRQUE REVUE

7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 11, 2020
Tower Park Amphitheatre, Fort Thomas, KY

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Duo Rose. Photo by Jim Faust.

A high-energy Swing Revival band provides high-octane music for high-flying circus acts, performing safely outdoors for free. Prepare to mask-up for this weekend’s SWINGIN’ CIRQUE REVUE in Tower Park. The KSO and City of Fort Thomas will be following Kentucky “Healthy at Work” requirements as musicians and audiences safely return to distanced and safe outdoor activities. Sanitizer will be available and distancing reminders will abound.

The KSO’s Devou-Doo Daddies is a 10-pc group that covers the hits and sounds of 1990s swing revival bands — Royal Crown Revue, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, The Squirrel Nut Zippers, The Cherry Poppin’ Daddies and more. Circus Mojo is based at the Ludlow (KY) Theater to mentor youth in the circus arts and brings together circus acts and performers from across the globe to teach and entertain. The KSO and Circus Mojo have teamed up in the past for hi-jinx and great music. “In these crazy times we decided to scale down the forces and ramp up the energy,” KSO music director James Cassidy enthusiastically announced.

The KSO’s four active subsidiary groups allow the orchestra to add area jazz, studio players and vocalists to the orchestra’s talented roster of musicians to authentically perform varied genres of jazz, fusion and pop across nearly six generations (1898-2020). The Devou-Doo Daddies came about after we put the group together to play a set at our “Jump Jive and Wail” Gala in 2015. It was simply too much fun, so we just kept adding charts and dates, remarked Cassidy.

CGO (Chief Goof Officer) Paul Miller is the mojo in Circus Mojo. A former
Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus clown for 6 years, Paul is plugged into circus acts and entertainers throughout the world. “Ten years ago the KSO helped us launch and introduce Circus Mojo to the community. Since then we’ve been fortunate to bring circus artists from 35 countries and 6 continents to Ludlow,” chortled Pauly the Clown.

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Circus Mojo (silks and fire). Photo by Jim Faust.

Audiences will enjoy many acts backed up by the Daddies, including Dizzy Lizzy of the National Circus Institute of Australia, dancer/unicyclist extraordinaire Eddie Moffit, Ft. Thomas’s own juggler Damien Berkheimer and from Chicago, the international trapeze artists Duo Rose.

The KSO appreciates the generous support of the following local corporate sponsors: St. Elizabeth Health Care, Duke Energy, Bircus Beer, The Milburn Family and the Wohlgemuth-Herschede Foundations, and the City of Fort Thomas for hosting the KSO’s 2020 free series of family-friendly and safe summer programs. Seniors and others who wish to avoid even distanced crowds are invited to attend the Saturday 10:30 a.m. dress rehearsal at Tower Park. Others can join the program streamed live at 7:30 on Facebook Live.

Join the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra Saturday at 7:30 p.m. — July 11 at Tower Park in Fort Thomas. Food trucks will be on-site. Bring blankets, picnics or lawn chairs. For more information, registration and directions, visit the KSO at www.kyso.org or call (859) 431-6216. $5 (per person) suggested donation. Free parking in Tower Park (though it is

Song | As performed by: | Artist | Act

Jumpin’ Jack | Big Bad Voodoo Daddy(BBVD) | Band | —
Go Daddy-O | BBVD | Ensemble | Intro Parade
Bedbugs | Squirrel Nut Zippers (SNZ) | Karen Lukes | Clown
The Curly Shuffle | Back in the Saddle Band | Circus Mojo Kids | Globes
You & Me & the Bottle… | BBVD | Damien / Pauly | Juggling
The Jitters | BBVD | Tate West | Tight Wire
Hey Pachuco | Royal Crown Revue (RCR) | Hope Miller | Silks
Zoot Suit Riot | Cherry Poppin’ Daddies (CPD) | Casey Crowe | Gym Wheel
Ding-dong Daddy… | CPD | Pauly | Ladder
Mambo Swing | BBVD | Dizzy Lizzy | Hula Hoops

— Intermission —

Mr. Pinstripe Suit | BBVD | Jameson Pellegrino | Cyr Wheel
The Contender | RCR | Damien Berkheimer | Juggling solo
I Wanna Be Like You | BBVD | Dizzy Lizzy | Hoops
Hell | SNZ | Karen Lukes | Clown
In the Mood | Glenn Miller | Eddie Moffit | Unicycle
King of Swing | BBVD | Band | —
Please, Baby | BBVD | Duo Rose | Trapeze
Mugzy’s Move | RCR | Ensemble | LED Cyr Wheel/Hoops
Goin’ Back to New Orleans | BBVD | Ensemble | Fire Act

KSO Devou-Doo Daddies:

  • Reeds: Dwayne Irvin, Paul Batchelor Glader
  • Trumpets: Hank Mautner, Matt Anklan
  • Trombone: Dave Ashley
  • Rhythm: Ben Tweedt, (Keys), Brian Deyo (Gtr), Mike Sharfe, (Bass), Brian Malone (Drums)
  • Vocal: Troy Hitch

Circus Mojo Artists:

  • Shiann Carpenter-Allen
  • Taylor Baresel
  • Damien Berkhiemer
  • Casey Crowe
  • Dizzy Lizzy
  • Cherie Haas
  • Karen Hinrichs Lukes
  • Hope Miller
  • Lucas Miller
  • Paul Hallinan Miller
  • Eddie Moffat
  • Jameson Pellegrino
  • Krissie Roberts
  • Sam & Sylvia Rose
  • Libby Sparks
  • Cass Stewart
  • Emmanual Tawiah
  • Tate West
  • Sebastain Woodward

Additional Summer Program Support provided by
The Milburn Family Foundation
The Wohlgemuth Herschede Foundation

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