With a fiery ukulele and a red-hot jazz guitar, Victor & Penny put the swing, the jump, the dance and the roll in early twentieth century rock and roll. This Kansas City based duo brings antique pop to life with their sonic archeology as well as creating clever original songs. They impress and delight with personal charm and hot licks - they are "...an absolute rollicking blast." Victor & Penny are touring the USA both headlining and opening shows for such acts as Pokey LaFarge and Johnny Boyd. The duo was recently awarded the 2013 Escape to Create Artist Residency.
Victor & Penny are Jeff Freling and Erin McGrane.
Erin has been an active performing artist in the midwest arts and music scene for many years. Erin is a film, theater and commercial actress; a musician and songwriter; and one of the co-hosts of the TV program CINEMAKC. Most notably, Erin appeared in the Emmy-winning web series THE UNREAL HOUSEWIVES OF KANSAS CITY and in the Oscar-nominated film, UP IN THE AIR alongside George Clooney. In 2013, Erin plays the lead in the new thriller feature film NAILBITER. As chanteuse Ruby Falls, she fronts the cabaret act Alacartoona who was awarded a 2009 Inspiration Grant from the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City. Kansas City Magazine named Erin one of the "100 People Who Make KC Great". She is proud to say she mis-spent her youth singing in a rock band and was named Kansas City’s sexiest musician in the Pitch Magazine’s “Best of KC 2005”.
Jeff, originally from Kansas City, called Chicago home for many years where he performed regularly with Blue Man Group, Tributosaurus, Mar Caribe, the Tom Waits tribute band B1G T1ME, and has performed alongside Doug Gillard (Guided By Voices). He began furiously studying the guitar at the age of 10 when he first heard Jimmy Page's guitar solo on "Whole Lotta Love" and has considered himself a guitar geek ever since. In the late 80s and early 90s Jeff was the guitarist and co-songwriter for two of KCs favorite bands: The Mongol Beach Party and Grumpy. He studied at the Conservatory at UMKC and at the Berklee School of music in Boston.