It's time for a HOO-LA-LEE! The Human Lard Dog and his 10-piece Band of Shy, featuring a stand-up horn section and the atomic-powered vocal cords of the glorious gospel-singing La'Delles will be at the Cooperage in Honesdale, Pennsylvania to do one thing—give some wang dang diddle to your inner soul. Plan to dance, sing, and cry—tears of sheer joy!
– It's time for a HOO-LA-LEE! The Human Lard Dog and his 10-piece Band of Shy, featuring a stand-up horn section and the atomic-powered vocal cords of the glorious gospel-singing La'Delles will be at the Cooperage in Honesdale, Pennsylvania to do one thing—give some wang dang diddle to your inner soul. Plan to dance, sing, and cry—tears of sheer joy!
Who is the Human Lard Dog? He's the alter ego of multi-media artist Steven Erdman, complete with his musical, whimsical, and comedic sensibilities. He's like a cartoon character come to life. Or maybe he's the other way around—a real-life character who crossed over into the realms of your imagination.
Okay, so there is some silliness afoot. Just look at any promo shot and there's a fellow in yellow shorts with a name plate that reads "LARD," an acronym for "Life's A Real Dream." There are songs about "Yum Yum Head Gear," a blue-tongued fellow named "Ploop," and a smash hit dance craze called "The Pooky Do". Lard Dog sings his super catchy original songs with a voice hailed by critics as a cross between Chet Baker, Hank Williams, and a wood chipper.
Lyrically, Lard Dog takes a dash of Dada, adds a sprinkle of Lewis Carroll logic, a teaspoon of beat poetry's rhythmic alliteration, and a cupful of lists of everything-and-the-kitchen-sink. Words are selected for the fun sounds they make and the funnier images they conjure. It's word play mixed with Play-Doh, the sort of free-form silliness that invites young minds to dig in and start molding. For something that's as on-the-surface wild and energetic, moments of introspection and reflection abound. While you may not know what the songs mean at first, you don't doubt that the Lard Dog believes every word. This lends weight to catch phrases like "shyness is power," "you're small, but your heart is tall," or "it's nice to be important, but more important to be nice."
The band features the gospel-inspired backup singers, Tamika McClellan and Nicole Holloway ("The La'Delles"), Marc J. Switko ("Vincenzo Love MeDo") on drums, Peter Florance ("Yamtron") on guitar, Cindy Rickmond ("Honey Babe") on Bass, Curtis Hasselbring ("Captain Foot Foot") on Trombone, Jay Collins ("Mighty Horn Yak") on Saxophone, Jeremy Beck ("MC Colander") on Keyboards, and Jason Dole ("He's Ploop, Treat Him Nice").
So do you have some toes for tapping? Do you like to sing and dance? Do you like pie? Or pretzels? If so, then get ready to boogie. The Human Lard Dog and The Band of Shy have the perfect collection of tunes for you and your family. It's going to be a HOO-LA-LEE.
For songs, videos, and more visit www.larddog.com. For reservations call: 570.253.2020 adults $12, kids $6, under 3 yrs $free