The Andrews Sisters were perhaps the biggest pop act of the Greatest Generation. They could harmonize like Homers Sirens and move like Michael Jackson, and theyre credited with helping meld blues with rhythm. As a trio, they sold more than 75 million records. Their music is ridiculously catchy and occasionally seamy: Rum and Coca-Cola, a number-one hit in 1945, is a lilting, diabolical paean to imperialism, banned on some networks for referencing alcohol but not, ironically, for its chorus, which speaks of both mother and daughter working for the Yankee dollar. (The group members later said they were too naive to notice the lyrics allusion to prostitution.)
Whatever those ambiguities, the sisters are icons well worthy of nostalgia. And tonight, theyll be impersonated at the 50s-style Monterey Club (2608A S. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale) by the Andrews Sisters Tribute Show, which will be followed by Royal Tinfoil, a raucous South Carolina band that combines punk with banjos. All this takes place Thursday from 9 p.m. to midnight. Admission is free. Call 954-598-1887, or visit themontereyclub.net.
Thu., June 30, 9 p.m., 2011