Friday, July 21, at the Gaslight Tavern and Sunday, July 23, at the Grand Emporium.

The Ditty Bops 

Friday, July 21, at the Gaslight Tavern and Sunday, July 23, at the Grand Emporium.

The Ditty Bops arrive in the area midway through a cross-country bike tour — a different approach to band travel that fits the group's equally singular stage shows and thrillingly anachronistic songs. Songwriters Amanda Barrett (mandolin, dulcimer) and Abby DeWald (guitar, piano) range from western swing to hot jazz to vaudevillian show tunes, weaving the styles together in innovative fashion. They harmonize as entrancingly as the Everly Brothers (whose "Bye Bye Love" they cover on their recent Moon Over the Freeway), but Phil and Don never supplemented their perfectly pitched hooks with carnival-surreal instrumentation and risqué costumes. Two-wheeled travel doesn't allow for much trunk space, but the Ditty Bops stuffed their backpacks and handlebar baskets with puppets, toy pianos and juggling props.

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