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story.lead_photo.caption Submitted photoThe Finke Theatre opens its ninth season Saturday with the jazz sounds of Victor and Penny.

The 2018-19 season at Finke Theatre in California will open at 7 p.m. Saturday with Victor and Penny and the Loose Change Orchestra.

The duo play swing-infused, folk jazz rooted in the riff-driven Kansas City style. Their shows are high-energy delivered with joy, humor and improvisation. They were named “Best Folk Ensemble” in 2015 by Pitch magazine. They will impress and delight the audience with charm and hot licks and they are an “absolute rollicking blast.”

Celebrating a time when style mattered and class was king, Victor and Penny feature tight vocal harmonies, dazzling guitar work and a fiery ukulele.

Victor and Penny’s fourth and most recent release is a full-length CD “Electricity,” which debuted at No. 12 with the No. 3 song on the folk radio chart in March 2016.

The duo includes Jeff Freling, from the Blue Man Group, Chicago, who trained at Berklee School of Music, Boston, Massachusetts, and the Conservatory of Music, Kansas City. He participated in the international Acoustic Guitar Project in 2014 and is an accomplished composer, arranger and instrumentalist.

Erin McGrane from George Clooney’s “Up in the Air” and the cabaret troupe Alacartoona is the other member of the duo. She received the ArtsKC Fund Inspiration and the Mid-America Arts Alliance Professional Development grants. And, she is an Artist INC fellow, serving as a peer facilitator and workshop presenter.

Classically-trained reeds virtuoso James Isaac fronts his own highly-respected jazz quartet, The James Isaac Group. The quartet includes bassist Rick Willoughby, who attended the UMKC Conservatory of Music and is a member of Quixotic, The Snow Globes and the Barclay Martin Ensemble; and multi-instrumentalist Kyle Dahlquist — trombone, accordion, glockenspiel and vocals.

The group regularly tours the USA, having made nearly 1,000 personal appearances and traveled 180,000 miles in the last four years.

Single performance tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for students.

Call 573-691-9939 or send an email to [email protected] for tickets or more information.

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