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Band can't say no to swing music

By JANICA LOCKHART

Staff Writer

Mike Daugherty doesn't play the typical instrument for a band.

Besides different percussion instruments such as wood blocks and cymbals, Daugherty plays the washboard for the year-old swing band, Yes, Yes Boys.

Fans of swing, and those who are interested, can catch a Yes, Yes Boys performance at Steel Lake Park next Wednesday. The city of Federal Way-sponsored summer concert series show will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Other band members include ukulele player Del Rey, sax and clarinet player Craig Flory, and upright bassist Mat "Hollywood" Weiner.

The washboard, an old clothes washer used back in the 1920s, has taken over Daugherty's attention for the last five years. He says he is always experimenting and messing around with the washboard to make new sounds.

Daugherty is a big fan of "old-time music" and founded the Yes, Yes Boys so that he could play swing. The band plays mostly tunes from the '20s and '30s and writes some original material.

Swing music is a great American sound, said Rey, who began playing the ukulele after attending a ukulele festival.

"People get these big smiles on their faces and are happy" when the Yes, Yes Boys perform, she said.

Daugherty says he loves playing in front of an audience when the reaction is good.

"I gain a pleasure from it. It is a thrill," Daugherty said. "I hope people dig the music and have a good time."

Janica Lockhart is a news intern. She can be reached at 925-5565 and jmlockhar@yahoo.com.

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