Crazy Arms is award-winning, piano playin’, soul singin’, funny man Damon Smith’s hot, newest live show that celebrates the origins of popular piano playing from the birth of Boogie Woogie and Ragtime in the late 1800’s through to the birth of Rock & Roll in the 50’s.
With absurd, improvised humour, musical wizardry and fascinating stories about the piano and its players, Crazy Arms features virtuosic piano tinkering originally created by some of the greatest musicians that have ‘tickled the ivories’ throughout the ages. With a stunning and well-known playlist including the music of Jerry Lee Lewis, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, Scott Joplin, Winnie Atwell, Dr John and more, Crazy Arms is pure musical magic!
After entertaining capacity crowds, nationally, with his critically acclaimed show, Sun rising – the songs that made Memphis and in 2021 with his extensively toured show about Mental Health, Mental As Everything, Damon is back, with his amazing drummer/band by his side, to bring the people what they have been asking for – a world-class, one-of-a-kind homage to the piano that will leave you humming and dancing for days afterwards.
You’ll hear finger busting boogie-woogie music, authentic vocals and blistering rock and roll hits like Great Balls Of Fire, Good Golly Miss Molly, The Entertainer, Black and White Rag, Flight of the Bumble Bee – Boogie & Blueberry Hill. This truly unique, comedy – cabaret documentary, will blow your socks clean off your perpetually tapping feet.
Bring your partner, your parents, your music-learning teenager, or come with a group of friends – Crazy Arms will be a memorable, musical and hilarious night out for all.
Jenny first met Damon in 2017, when she programmed his show Sun Rising – the songs that made Memphis, at Knox Community Arts Centre, and was blown away by his extraordinary talent both vocally and on piano. When she created PHP in 2018, she was keen to assist Damon to share his musical gift with audiences all over the country, with Crazy Arms touring to regional NSW, launching the live music program at the Roxy Theatre in Leeton, performing a sell-out season at the Melbourne Cabaret Festival and delivering livestreamed performances after Covid19 hit.
Damon and Jenny are excited at this opportunity to tour Crazy Arms to regional areas that don’t have main stage theatres, and may not have experienced piano-based performances of this quality, locally, before.