CALUMET - A variety of musical styles come together for one show as frequent Copper Country visitors Steppin' In It and Shout Sister Shout take the Calumet Theatre stage at 7:30 p.m. Monday.
Although the two bands are connected by many of the same musicians, they have distinctly different sounds. While Steppin' In It features more of a traditional roots feel, Shout Sister Shout focuses on 1930s and '40s American jazz. Shout Sister Shout features Rachel Davis as the lead singer, while guitarist/composer Joshua Davis is at the helm of Steppin' In It, with both bands backed by the same multi-instrumentalists - upright bassist John Suchyta, steel guitarist Joe Wilson and harmonica player Andy Wilson.
"What's unique about this show is Steppin' In It/Shout Sister Shout is basically the same band," Calumet Theatre Creative/Technical Director Davey Holmbo said. "Shout Sister Shout is led by Rachael Davis, and their portion of the concert is going to be dedicated to '40s standards like Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holliday, songs like that.
"Steppin' In It performs Americana music with a little New Orleans-type flair," Holmbo continued. "It's a cross-generational event that older crowds and folk crowds will enjoy."
Shout Sister Shout will vary its setlist from torch swing tunes to bluesy ballads. The influences of Fitzgerald, Holliday, Nat King Cole Trio and Sarah Vaughan are all heard, according to a press release.
Meanwhile, Steppin' In It features standout musicianship and harmonies. The range of instruments used spans from trombone and trumpet to Cajun fiddle and claw hammer banjo, and all four musicians are equally proficient in each. The musicianship is one of the reasons Holmbo keeps inviting Steppin' In It back.
"It's really incredible," Holmbo said. "Folks up here have good taste, and they can recognize good talent. Whenever (Steppin' In It) comes back here, they've always been really well-received."
The show is part of Calumet's Musical Mondays series, which presents a concert every Monday through the end of August in Calumet alternating between the Calumet Theatre and the Keweenaw Heritage Center.
"It's kind of a diverse set of musical events that have a lower ticket price that we run in conjunction with the heritage center," Holmbo said.
There is a discount for Calumet Theatre members, and tickets can be bought at the Calumet Theatre Box Office. Box office hours are noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and two and a half hours before showtime. For more information call the box office at 337-2610 or check the web pages at calumettheatre.com and on Facebook.