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December 4, 2009

Victoria Vox appears on The Jay Leno Show

victoria voxWhat a week it's been for Baltimore music.

First, Milkshake was nominated for a Grammy. Then, J-Roddy Walston and the Business signed to Vagrant Records

On Wednesday night, Baltimore singer/songwriter and ukulele player extraordinaire Victoria Vox appeared on "The Jay Leno Show."

Vox was a contestant on Jay's 'Meal or No Meal' segment, an off-beat talent show where folks compete for meals at restaurants. Vox performed a cover of Europe's "The Final Countdown" on her mouth trumpet.

"It was really fun," Vox said. "It's cool to get some national recognition for my mouth trumpet."

Vox was put up in a fancy New York City hotel, and given a free limousine ride (her first ever limousine ride) to the studio, courtesy of the show.

"They take care of everything," she said.

The show's producers saw a video of Vox performing on YouTube, and reached out to her about being on the show. They auditioned Vox over the phone (she did Lady Gaga's "Poker Face") ...

Vox wanted to perform some of her own music on the show, but the producers pushed for a cover of a more well-known song, and Vox agreed. That was Vox's only regret, she said.

"I'm kind of a stickler for original music," she said. "My true fans are disappointed that I wasn't up there performing one of my own songs singing ukulele. But going into it, I knew what they wanted."

Vox is the last of three contestants. I spared you the first five minutes of the segment, because the other two contestants are pretty lame.

The first one shoves four quarters up each nose (yuck) and the second one spits a Ping-Pong ball into the air and catches it into his mouth. Yawn. Somehow, both of them win free meals. The second dude even won dinner for four at Morton's, which baffles me.

Then comes Vox. When she tells Jay she's going to be playing the mouth trumpet, he says, "The mouth trumpet? Wow. I bet you have a boyfriend."

Vox's rendition of "The Final Countdown" kicks butt. It's adorably awesome. She wins a gift certificate for eight to the Japanese restaurant Benihana.

After the show, Vox got a ton of feedback and support from friends and fans.

"My phone was pretty much going berserk," she said. "It was a blast."

Here's the video:

(Photo by Daria Johnson)

If you want to see Vox live, she'll be at Stage 35 in Reisterstown on Saturday, Dec. 12. Tickets are $15. For more info, go here.

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 12:26 PM | | Comments (4)
Categories: Local music


Good for VV, although they should have let her play her uke and sing.

I have her Christmas CD from last year and its fun to listen to.

Victoria Vox is a refreshing singer-songwriter on today's music scene.
She's very down-to-earth in her presentaion. I saw her perform in Dallas at the Lone Star Ukulele Festival and her original songs are great!

Heeheehee...mouth trumpet

Why is it called a mouth trumpet? Is there a type of trumpet you play with something other than your mouth?

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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