Back in Time
Tin-Pan Americana takes 78 rpms for a spin
You'd never confuse Ukulele Loki with Tiny Tim, but the Boulder-based
old-time music nut does share a certain mindset with the late, great,
warbly voiced, uke-strummin' weirdo who tiptoed through the tulips on
national television back in the '60s. As co-host with obsessed musical
archivist Uncle Jeff on Radio 1190's Sunday-night 78-rpm spinfest, Route
78 West, Loki, aka Aaron Johnson, touts '20s-vintage jug-band music as
the sound of the future -- and guess what? The walking, talking, fedora-sporting,
wingtip-wearing, twenty-something regressive, who also emcees the Crispy
Family Carnival sideshow, is really cool. Do we detect a trend?
Aficionados of 1190 can now catch Loki's shtick live at Tin-Pan Americana
-- sort of an in-the-flesh version of Route 78 West with Uncle Jeff spinning
the scritchy-scratchy old tunes, but hopped up with live music by retro
country stylists Halden Wofford and the Hi-Beams and Loki and the Gadabouts.
Vintage dress, Loki style, is encouraged and will be rewarded by drink
specials at the event, which begins tonight around 9 p.m. at the Trilogy
Lounge, 2017 13th Street in Boulder. Call 303-473-9463 for details; for
more about Route 78 West and Ukulele Loki, visit www.route78west.com.
-- Susan Froyd
westword.com | originally published: October 21, 2004