It was so sultry in the roadside recording studio you could have cooked an egg in your bare hand. A blind man was sitting by a desk nodding his head to the whine of cicadas when the ramshackle quartet calling itself the Soggy Bottom Boys, led by Ulysses Everett McGill, asked to sing into the blind man's tin can and scratch its tunes in hot wax.
That's the scene in O Brother, Where Art Thou? in which we first hear the old-timey band perform from a soundtrack that had audiences practically dancing in movie theaters.
You can strain your ears recalling the boxy twang of Tommy Johnson's guitar, or you can roll down to the Linen Building from 7-10 p.m. for a taste of the real deal with the Hokum Hoedown Square Dance and Old Timey Music.
The bona fides are in the name: The Hokum Hi-Flyers--Scott Knickerbocker, Jonah and Gary Shue, Travis Ward, Patrick Harren and Mike Waite--whip up some traditional folk dance and swing tunes, while a cast of guest MCs call the dances.
For $7, you can join the Hi-Flyers for an evening of swing and two-stepping Western dancing, red-hot fiddle playing and unplugged Appalachian shenanigans. And for anyone fighting to muster the gumption to hit the dance floor, a full bar with ID can help loosen the limbs.