It was a whirlwind weekend for Brooklyn's Deedle Deedle Dees here in Phoenix and the Valley of the Sun. On Friday they played 3 shows at local elementary schools. Then on Saturday they visited the Children's Museum of Phoenix and played a couple sets in the gorgeous first-floor atrium. Nice mix of the history stuff and sillier, slightly younger stuff. But all I got is new stuff. Remember the "Have the Dees write a song" contest? Here is the winner:
The Deedle Deedle Dees - "Little Red Airplane" (Live)
One of the things I noticed about the show, both at the Children's Museum and at Church of the Beatitudes, where the Dees played a show Sunday afternoon, was just how much more active Lloyd Miller (Ulysses Dee) was than the last time I saw him play (at the Family Music Meltdown Bill and I put on in Austin in 2007). To be sure, the fact that Lloyd was without his standup bass was the primary facotr, but they interacted much more with the crowds I saw. Yay for between-song banter! Yay for band-assisted dinosaur feet!
The Deedle Deedle Dees - "Vegetarian Tyrannosaurus Rex" (Live)
Anyway, the shows were a blast. Look for the Dees' new album (from which 4 of the 5 videos' songs are drawn)sometime in September.
More video and photos after the jump.
The Deedle Deedle Dees - "¡Sí, Se Puede!" (Live) -- About Cesar Chavez, natch
The Deedle Deedle Dees - "Growl Growl" (Live) -- yet another suggestion from the "Have the Dees write a song" contest, this one about a 13-year-old kid who designed the Alaskan state flag.
More pictures from the weekend: