Saturday, September 27, 2008

TDA Plays 'Baba O'Riley,' Live in Seaside, Ore.

Watch our version of "Baba O'Riley," recorded live at the Elks Lodge in Seaside, Ore., and posted to YouTube by Jim D'Ville. Love the party graphics!

We played this decidedly non-German song at Seaside's first Oktoberfest last weekend, but there were plenty of polkas on the set list as well. Hope we get a chance to take the stage again next year.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Seaside Oktoberfest Is On, Baby

Thee stage is set at the Seaside Elks Lodge, the crafters are selling their goods, the food vendors are rocking outside and we're getting ready to go on at the Seaside Oktoberfest.

We always have a great time in this groovy little Oregon town, and so far this outing is no exception. This is the inaugural edition of the Seaside Oktoberfest, and already you can tell it's a little different:When was the last time you had barbecued oysters or crab cakes at an Oktoberfest? There's plenty of beer (including Widmer Brothers hefeweizen and Okto!) and bratwurst, too.

If you're anywhere near the Oregon coast, get a move on -- we start at 6 p.m. and play till 9 p.m. Admission is just $2. What a deal!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Mr. Saggy Butt Is Safe

Florida is officially a safe strolling grounds for the title character from Paul's song "Mr. Saggy Butt."

A judge has ruled unconstitutional the "saggy pants" law in Riviera Beach, Florida, and a public defender is trying to get the ban on droopy drawers tossed out for good.

"Somebody help me," Palm Beach Circuit Judge Paul Moyle said of a case in which a teenager was jailed for having his underwear showing above his low-riding pants, according to the Palm Beach Post. "We're not talking about exposure of buttocks. No! We're talking about someone who has on pants whose underwear are apparently visible to a police officer who then makes an arrest and the basis is he's then held overnight, no bond. No bond!"

What's the penalty for wearing saggy pants? According to the paper:

A first offense carries a $150 fine or a requirement of community service; only habitual offenders face the possibility of jail time.

Justice prevails again.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Oktoberfest '08 Photos

If you weren't able to make it out or simply want to relive a bit of the fun from this past weekend, here's a few snapshots of Those Darn Accordions at Widmer Brothers Brewery.

After a full day of booze, bratwurst, & bands the audience awaits TDA to take the stage.

Lewis takes a look at the set list at his feet & starts prepping himself to play the latest cover tune, Dancing Queen.

Paul surveys the crowd, asks the time, the ladies of TDA declare it "Polka Time!" and the show is appropriately opened with Glass Of Beer Polka.

A bit later Suzanne gets sultry under the cool glow of the hot lights. Later in the set, she wins a battle against the devil when The Devil Went Down To Georgia.

Carri looks offstage to see other Oktoberfest bands watching the show from the wings.

A staple of a TDA show, Susie tears it up as she belts out Back In Black.

Michael laid down the beats and hid from the camera behind his drum kit, as the audience grooved to TDA's return to Portland.

The next morning Suzanne & Lewis ventured to downtown Portland's Voodoo Doughnuts. Picking from the oddball menu, Suzanne enjoys the No Name Doughnut topped with chocolate, Rice Krispies, & creamy peanut butter while Lewis tries out the Bubble Gum Doughnut.
The verdict? Surprisingly Delicious!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Wowed 'em at Widmer

Wow is right! We had a blast at Widmer Bros Oktoberfest tonight. What a great crowd! Tonight was one of those nights where we get reminded why we do this. The fans! And the ones in Portland are the best. Thanks to Widmer Bros and everyone who came out. We sure hope to see you again next year! Hey wait, here comes the rest of the band. They want to chime in too!
Hi All, Susie Here. We'll have orthodics waiting for the dudes who were slam dancing barefoot on the cement for the whole set. Loved seeing all the smiling faces of our Portland people. I want to thank everyone of them for being so open to all of the "Polkas". We know this isn't exactly Wisconsin.... So, this is were all the old hippies went! Let's make "Them Hippies was Right" the new Oregon State song!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Widmer's Oktoberfest this Saturday

TDA returns to the Widmer Brothers Brewery in Portland, Ore. this Saturday.

The free, 21+ Oktoberfest event starts at 3pm and is expected to draw over 3,000 people. Food will be traditional German grub and live music throughout the day will include TDA, Debra Arlyn, Tea for Julie, Keegan Smith and The Fam, and Colin Lake and Wellbottom.

Come out, enjoy the predicted 80
° day, and throw back a pint or two with TDA.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Comic Guitar-Slinger Jerry Reed Dies

Jerry Reed, the guitar-toting singer and actor who worked with Burt Reynolds in the Smokey and the Bandit movies, died Monday of emphysema. He was 71.

Reed was a great guitar player and singer who specialized in funny story songs (like "Amos Moses") and truck-driving tunes ("East Bound and Down," "Caffeine, Nicotine, Benzedrine"). TDA covered his "When You're Hot You're Hot" back in the good old days.

You can see Reed in action at a country awards show in the embedded clip. The great ones just keep moving on.