Cuban musicians perform at Hotel Marqués de Prado Ameno, La Habana Vieja, Cuba, in March 2019. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)
Babalú! Those of us who’ve reached a certain age, or any fan of “I Love Lucy,” will recognize that famous cry. Ricky Ricardo’s celebrated signature song introduced countless Americans to Cuban music and culture. Desi Arnaz, who played the television show’s Cuban band leader, had already made “Babalú” an established musical number for his orchestra in the 1940s.
For 23 years on New Years Eve at the Black Cat, Ms. Peaches O’Dell leads her big band through classic dance numbers from the ’20s to the ’50s.
And every year, it’s a hit that cultiminates in a famous conga line. Come out to the Black Cat, where Peaches O’Dell & Her Orchestra will do it again this year! Peaches and company roll through Latin dance classics, swing, jazz, and more. You can check out some live recordings on YouTube, which are presented in a quirky retro style that captures her taste and style.
Watch a video for a “retro sci-fi” version of “Mambo No. 5” by Peaches O’Dell & Her Orchestra on YouTube:
“My ultimate goal is happines and celebration for one and all through some remarkable music and crowd energy,” Peaches said in an email to Parklife DC.
Lounge act Tony Anthony & His Malvivants will provide entertainment between sets when Peaches and Her Orchestra take a break. Downstairs in the back stage, DJ Dredd provides more contemporary entertainment.
Metrorail will run until 3am on New Year’s Eve, and the Black Cat is conveniently located a few blocks away from the U Street Metro Station. Make plans to dance the night away with Peaches O’Dell & Her Orchestra.
Tickets are available online.
Peaches O’Dell & Her Orchestra
w/ Tony Anthony & His Malvivants, DJ Dredd
Saturday, Dec. 31