The Web site for the local foursome Da Vinci's Notebook, a group currently on hiatus, features lists of what the band thinks is cool, including "The Dick Van Dyke Show." So it's no wonder that Friday night's show at Jammin' Java by Paul and Storm, two Notebookers, played like one of those episodes in which the Petries put on a cabaret in their living room.
Sally wasn't there to sing about wanting a man, but opener Sean Altman, formerly of Rockapella, offered that group's song about wanting a woman: "Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?," the theme to the kids' TV series of the same name.
Rob and Laura didn't do one of their sexy duets, but Altman and his wife charmingly crooned "Somethin' Stupid." And Buddy and his cello were absent, but Altman brought out Peruvian opera singer Jose Sacin for a stirring "Besame Mucho."
Paul Sabourin and Greg "Storm" DiCostanzo were likewise eager to share the stage, sometimes with Altman, sometimes with keyboardist Brendan Milburn of GrooveLily.
Opening with a song about having no opening song, the duo attacked with both high and low humor. There were scatological laughs aplenty in the redneck anthem "Six Guys, Ten Teeth" and "The Ballad of Eddie Praeger," but a lot of the fun sprang from the duo's energetic, quick-witted harmony vocals on the former and Sabourin's worst-ever penny-whistle embellishments on the latter.
Sabourin's "Short People"-influenced piano lines and DiCostanzo's mannered vocals aimed their Randy Newman parodies right at the bull's-eye.
A set of faux commercials was equal parts smart and smutty; you won't be hearing their ad featuring "The Happy Ex-Lax Giant" on Nick at Nite.
-- Pamela Murray Winters