Join us on Saturday night, September 17 at 7 p.m. when Prescott-area incredibly versatile and old-school band Tumbledown House go wild at Yavapai College Performing Arts Center. Clever stories told in song. A six-piece band, with a fast-tempo feel that can transport you to the age of jazz on the trill of a clarinet, bounce you to folk-rock with a vibrant guitar, and evoke a Big Band feel on the purr of a singer.
Modern speakeasy music. Grainy saloon jazz. Tom Waits in a cocktail dress. Tumbledown House moves seamlessly between so many musical genres, the only common description for them is “amazing”. Whimsical story-driven songs, performed by velvety vocalist Gillian Wolfe, anchor a sound that ranges from vintage jazz and Big Band swing to blues, tango and pop. “We say we play modern speakeasy music because we don’t know what that means.” explains Wolfe. “We’re influenced by a variety of music, and you’re probably going to hear them all.”
Saturday night’s PAC performance from Tumbledown House represents a homecoming, of sorts. “We have a story [in Prescott,]guitarist Tyler Ryan Miller told the Prescott Daily Courier in 2018. Miller and the band members spent 2008-09 performing at local venues including The Raven and El Gato Azul before heading to Portland and to meet Wolfe.
Tumbledown House defies more than musical barriers. As a tribute to the group’s dance ability and informal style, the YCPAC concert will break the “fourth wall” and invite audience members to take to the stage to cut a rug to their one-of-a-kind sound.
In Portland in 2009, Tumbledown House quickly established themselves for their unique style, musical versatility and ability to charm audiences. Their 2012 move to the San Francisco Bay Area bolstered their sound with the addition of clarinetist/trombonist/pianist John Thatcher Boomer, pianist/trumpeter Arlo Perlstein, and Tommy Mahony and Jimi Marks on bass and guitar. battery, respectively.
Since then, the band have become road warriors, opening bands like Brandi Carilile, Crooked Still and Keller Williams, recording two critically acclaimed albums, and performing over 900 shows in 35 states domestic and overseas.
Tickets for Tumbledown House are $29, $35, and $45. The Yavapai College Performing Arts Center is located at 1100 E. Sheldon Street, Prescott. The YCPAC box office is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Thursdays and Fridays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.