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Alien Fashion Show right at home in the music world

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Drummer Jeff Daetweiler said there was no doubt he and his brother -- trumpeter-vocalist Eldon Daetweiler -- would end up playing music.

"I was born into music," he said during a telephone interview from Detroit, Mich. "My dad played trumpet. My mom played string bass. And they were both adamant that we play music in high school."The Daetweilers' band, Alien Fashion Show -- including guitarist "Junkyard" Todd Thurman, keyboardist Kenji Saito and bassist Jeffrey Alan -- will play as part of the Freschetta Mirror-Ball Tour Swing Fest at Snowbird's Cliff Lodge Ballroom on Saturday, March 27. The concert will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The concert will cap off a day of swing music workshops and displays. Tickets are $17.50, available by phoning 801-933-2110. Also appearing that evening will be the swing bands, New Morty Show and Blue Plate Special.

"Mom and dad listened to a lot of records," said Jeff Daetweiler. "Everything from Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Tommy Dorsey, Gene Krupa, Glenn Miller and Artie Shaw."

In high school, however, the Daetweiler boys were into hard rock.

"We started a band with Todd in the late 1980s," Daetweiler said. "But we approached everything the wrong way. We were in it to become successful."

The band eventually went kaput.

"We decided to start playing music just to have fun," Daetweller said. "The concept was to be as spacey, loungy and freaky as we could.

"Imagine if Frank Sinatra was born and raised in 'Twin Peaks.' "

Six months later, Alien Fashion Show had signed a record deal with Surf Dog/Hollywood. The band released its self-titled debut late last year. "That, aside from our fans, has been the biggest reward for our efforts. We've got our record all over the United States, Germany, Panama and Peru."