Rock Steady Rhythm with Victor & Penny


Living Room


Erin McGrane and Jeff Freling of Victor & Penny show you the difference between just strumming along and driving the rhythm. Join us to learn simple yet effective strumming techniques and delve into the styles of swing, hot jazz, and gypsy jazz. Rock steady rhythm is the backbone of every good song so jump on the train! This is a hands-on, interactive class, so bring your instrument and let’s have some fun.

LEVEL: All levels welcome, basic knowledge and proficiency on your instrument recommended.

photo credit: Paul Andrews

About Victor & Penny: VICTOR & PENNY are Jeff Freling (Blue Man Group, Chicago) and Erin McGrane (George Clooney’s, “Up in the Air” and cabaret troupe Alacartoona). Victor & Penny are 3-time Official Showcase artists for the prestigious Folk Alliance International as well as former Escape to Create Artists in Residence. The duo is currently touring the US and has made over 1,000 public appearances and traveled over 200,000 miles through 39 states in the last 5 years.

ERIN MCGRANE (Penny) | MS. McGrane is a career performing artist; musician and songwriter; film, theater and commercial actress; and the “Penny” in Victor & Penny.  She is an ArtsKC Fund Inspiration Grant recipient and a Mid-America Arts Alliance Professional Development Grant recipient.  Erin currently serves as a peer facilitator and a workshop presenter for Artist INC, a professional development program empowering artists of all disciplines to shape their careers and grow their businesses. Erin has managed a number of successful crowdfunding campaigns for her creative projects and is available for private consulting. Ms. McGrane holds a B.A. in Theatre – Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

JEFF FRELING (Victor) | Formally trained at Berklee School of Music (Boston) and the Conservatory of Music (Kansas City), Mr. Freling spent 11 years as the on-stage string player (electric zither and Chapman Stick) for the Blue Man Group (Chicago). Jeff participated in the international program, The Acoustic Guitar Project in 2014 and is an accomplished composer, arranger, an outstanding instrumentalist. Jeff composes, arranges, and consults with other artists on creative endeavors including film, theatre, television, commercial and recording projects.