Woodrow grad Matthew Tolentino and his paired-down Singapore Slingers will provide the entertainment at an Aug. 5 event at Sons of Hermann Hall.

Admission to this swell affair, Tolentino tells us, is only $10 in advance, and $15 at the door.

“In addition to my band, the evening includes a dance lesson at 7:30 from Elaine Hewlett of The Rhythm Room, then we go on 8:00, and you can strut your stuff all the way to 11:30. Sons of Hermann has a beautiful dance floor- don’t miss your chance to try it out! The Hall is located at 3414 Elm St. in Dallas. For advance tickets, please visit the Rhythm Room online.”

The magazine Dallas Modern Luxury, ran a piece on Tolentino and his Slingers, calling the 18-piece colossal ensemble “a sound for sore ears”.

Here’s a bit more about this swell kid, from an article I wrote for Advocate a couple years ago:

Waltz (or fox trot or rumba) into the theater on a night when The Singapore Slingersare onstage, and you’ll feel transported back in time to a world where men sport bowties and heavily pomaded hair, and women wearing soft golden locks and deep red lipstick smoke long cigarettes with impunity. The 18-piece orchestra, wearing only black and khaki-colored clothing (they’re going for the look of a sepia-tinted photo, the leader explains), performs ditties on strings and horns that haven’t been mainstream since the First World War. Frontman Matt Tolentino might be on the tuba, sax, ukulele or, most likely, the accordion. “The accordion is my main squeeze,” he says. You might expect this purveyor of early 1900-1935 era tunes (or of that joke) to be an old guy — maybe someone who remembers ragtime records from his childhood, for example. But Tolentino is just 25 — a 2003 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School. “I know nothing about pop music,” he says. “But when I was a kid, a neighbor gave me a recording of the house band from A Prairie Home Companion, and I enjoyed that. I learned to play clarinet in elementary school … the sax, tuba and accordion in high school. I’ve always listened to this type of music.” He came up with The Singapore Slingers’ name, he says, from a cocktail popular in the 1920s. “I thought it was pretty clever. Later I learned there was an amateur basketball team by the same name,” he says laughing. “If there’s anything I know less about than pop music, it’s sports.”


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