How can two men, in a single performance, tap dance, sing, and play guitar, violin, mandolin, ukulele, banjo, harmonica, saxophone and clarinet?
Answer: Very carefully, and with great enthusiasm.
The Copacetics, a Bellingham duo featuring cousins Pat Doran and Denny Franzmann, produce a sound-and-stage presence — with a mobile tap dance stage and instruments hanging from every shoulder and hand. They blend elements of bluegrass, New Orleans jazz, and spontaneous tap dance solos throughout the show.
Originally from Twisp, Pat Doran brings a lifetime passion for playing all kinds of music and a deep appreciation for the transformative qualities of a good dance. Denny Franzmann, from Lummi Island, pours soulful energy into every performance and pulls from a lifetime spent with stringed instruments in hand.
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The Copacetics will play an all-ages free gig at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 2, at Honey Moon, 1053 N. State St., behind Pepper Sisters. For people 21 and older, they will play at 7 p.m. Friday, July 3, at the Wild Buffalo, 208 W. Holly St., as part of the monthly Downtown Art Walk.
More about them at facebook.com/copacetics.