Andy Bean (left) and Fuller Condon are The Two Man Gentlemen Band. - Photo by Punam Bean

Professional street performers

The Two Man Gentlemen Band offers an approach to old-time country ditties and vaudeville music that its members Andy Bean and Fuller Condon have honed over several years of busking at locations in New York City's underground transit system and Central Park.

The Two Man Gentlemen Band is just one of about 100 performers that are part of the Big Apple's Music Under New York, a program that provides weekly performances at locations throughout subway system.

Bean and Condon will perform at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, at Johnny B's, 35 S. Bartlett St., Medford. Despite its name, The Two Man Gentlemen Band will perform as a trio.

"We sound exactly how two young men dressed in old-fashioned suits playing banjo, bass fiddle, foot percussion and kazoos ought to sound," the two declare in a press release. "Fun!"

Sing-alongs, shouts and stomps are encouraged at the Gentlemen's lively performances, and audience members are often rewarded with free kazoos.

The Gentlemen also are featured in a 2006 documentary, "Subway Dreams," created by New York City-based journalist Anna Holtzman. The film explores the lives and motivations of musicians from different walks of life who audition for Music Under New York. Videos of the Gentlemen performing on a subway platform and in Central Park are available on YouTube.

The duo has two CDs to its credit. A self-titled debut recording was released in 2005 and "Great Calamities" was released in 2006, both on Serious Business Records.

The duo's quirky, original tunes cover a range of topics such as the Hindenburg and Titanic disasters, the Civil War, dead presidents, liquor and matters of the heart and are backed up by toe-tapping rhythms and tight harmonies.

The Two Man Gentlemen Band also may be the best-dressed and best-behaved two-man band in New York City.They almost always are decked out in dapper suits, ties, hats and matching suspenders, and they espouse good old-fashioned courtesy on and off the stage.

Cover to the show at Johnny B's costs $5. Call 773-1900.

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