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Husband and wife team Bob Farley and Lynn Perdzock of Littlest Big Band sing songs from the American Standards collection. Call Lynn today at 937-245-9165 for a booking! From Frank to Hank, Ella to Elvis Littlest Big Band engages, entertains, educates
Littlest Big Band specializes in the music of the American Standards, tunes that were made household favorites by singers like Frank Sinatra, Doris Day, Dean Martin, and Ella Fitzgerald. The repertoire extends to Elvis and Hank of the 1950s, and it's all rearranged for one or two guitars and singers.
"[Littlest Big Band] music is just what residents love to hear."
--Melody, Resident Programs Coordinator, Sterling House Fort Myers, FL
The American Standards are full of history, and Littlest Big Band likes to provide listeners with tidbits of that history, but instead of dumping it all out at once, they relate the songs to program themes, such as travel, movies, love songs, and seasonal times. In this way, even when some songs are included in several themes, each performance has something new about it, keeping it fresh in listeners' minds, and helping them recall memories of the artists and movie stars, and all the great entertainers of those times.
Oft-heard comments from residents
'This is our music.'
'We knew the words, we sang every song.'
'You're the best act we've seen.'
'Your voices blend so well together.'
'When can you come back?'
'Your volume was perfect, so enjoyable'
Bob and Lynn play their guitars and mandolin live, and usualy without song sheets, which gives their shows an extra sense of intimacy and excitement. And when the performance is over, they enjoy spending time thanking and conversing with residents, because "we sometimes hear interesting stories from folks who have actually met the stars of those bygone days, like Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. But everyone has a story to tell, and that one-on-one time is the only way to hear it."
"You guys are perfect." --Tina, Activities Department, Birchwood Care Center Hamilton, OH
Pricing for nursing homes and assisted/independent/memory care communities starts at around $125 and $150 an hour, depending on the length of the show and travel time, and is always negotiable. Reduced fees are offered to facilities able to book multiple shows through the year, or who can book two or more shows at different locations in the same community on the same day.
Most shows run 55 to 60 minutes, but can be as short as 30 minutes to as long as three hours. Bob can perform a solo show of the same type of music for a reduced fee.
"Bob Farley engages my residents with his array of songs from various time periods and genres. They leave his performances with smiles and requests to have him back soon."
--Linda Shaver, Life Enrichment Director,
The Woodlands of Middletown
The Route 66 Show
This is one of LBB's favorite and most liked shows. It follows the construction of Route 66 from cowboy trails of the 1850s, to strips of roads running from Chicago to St. Louis and then on west, and finally to its official birth in 1925 to its decommissioning 1985. A lot of things happened during those years and a lot of songs were sung. It's a story everyone can relate to.
Songs often help tell the stories in movies, and many of the standards, with their rich lyrics and timeless melodies continue to be used to do that.Sometimes the part they play is major, such as "As Time Goes By" providing the leit motif in Casablanca. Other times, it's as simple as background music or "lift" music, also known as elevator music. One of the favorites for this purpose has been "The Girl from Ipanema."
Places and how to get to them are meat of this show, beginning with walking to bicycling to cars, trains, planes, and boats, the cities and countries and even planets available to travel to...well, someday.
Most songs are about some aspect of love, so it's an easy matter to develop a setlist to do around Valentine's Day. Lynn and Bob are also known to make up their own stories for a series of songs.
By the Numbers (or the Letters)
Going through the songs by date or by the alphabet is an interesting way to get to many songs, each of which has a story to relate, including musical genre and subject matter.
Christmas, Holidays, Patriotic
The Christmas season is a special time when carols, hymns, and other standards of the season highlight special gatherings. The patriotic observances, and certain other holidays (St. Patrick's Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving) also have a few songs that help to connect with them.
Some Littlest Big Band Songs
Accentuate the Positive
Ain't She Sweet
Ain't That a Kick in the Head
All Shook Up
Almost Like Being in Love
As Time Goes By
Cheek to Cheek
Come Fly With Me
Everybody Loves Somebody
Five Foot Two
Fly Me to the Moon
The Girl from Ipanema
Hey Hey Good Lookin'
It Don't Mean a Thing (if It Ain't Got That Swing)
I've Got the World on a String
I've Got You Under My Skin
It Had To Be You
My Kind of Town
Que Sera Sera
Side by Side
Sunny Side of the Street
That's All Right, Mama
Walking After Midnight
The Way You Look Tonight
"The residents really enjoyed it and I hope you visit us again."
--Erica, Social Director, Atria Senior Living Albuquerque, NM
If you are an activities director who needs an informative, entertaining and professional performance of American Standards music, Littlest Big Band wants to play for you. Call 937-245-9165 or email LittlestBB@gmail.com to get a firm price quote and to schedule a performance.