Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Chuck Berry & Wanda Jackson at Viva Las Vegas 13 this weekend, plus other events for rockabilly fans

It’s time for Viva Las Vegas! It's like South by Southwest, but just rockabilly. Now in its 13th year, Viva has become THE place to be if you’re a fan of anything and everything rockabilly. This year’s rockabilly weekend features a classic car show, a burlesque competition, a fashion show, jiving classes, plenty of vendors, a tiki pool party, DJs galore, and of course many great rockabilly bands. Don’t miss Chuck Berry (at the Car Show on Saturday, 6 PM) and Wanda Jackson (at the Ballroom on Saturday, 11 pm)!

Most events take place at The Orleans Hotel (4500 W. Tropicana Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89103), but I’ve also listed some non-official shows going on this weekend as well.

Tickets are sold out for the “official” shows, but don’t let that stop you from heading out to Vegas for the weekend. There will still be plenty to see, and you can still buy tickets for Saturday’s Car Show where Chuck berry will play.

I'll be posting daily updates from the event, so check back often!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Upcoming rockabilly and psychobilly events, March 25-27, including Rockabilly Fest and Pier Invasion

 It’s getting warmer now, so it’s definitely festival time. I’ll be soaking up the sun at the Rockabilly Festival in Claremont this Saturday and spending the night at Pier Invasion. Here are the details for those events and some other shows to check out:

- 13 Black Coffins: Check out this Houston-based band that’s currently on tour, featuring a dynamic female singer with a bluesy voice.
Thursday 3/25/2010, 8:00 PM
The Doll Hut
107 South Adams Street
Anaheim, CA 92802

- “Rev It Up” with Gamblers Mark, CellPhish, The Heart Rippers, Johnny Dahmer, and of course resident host and DJ Von Badsville
Friday 3/26/2010, 8:00 PM
Spike’s Bar and Billiards
7813 Garvey Avenue
Rosemead, CA 91770
$10, 21 and over
Read a review of Gamblers Mark here.

- Three Bad Jacks, Blazing Haley, Los Creepers, Fighting Chance
Friday 3/26/2010, 8:00 PM
The Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
All ages
Read about Three Bad Jacks here.

- Latino/a Student Union 3rd Annual Rockabilly Festival:
Bands start at 10 am: The Wiseguys, Moonlight Trio, Gamblers Mark, The Sugar Daddys, The Southerners, and Johnny Come Lately
Saturday 3/27/2010, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Pitzer College
1050 N. Mills Ave.
Claremont, CA 91711
Free, all ages, vendors, cars, food...
What else is going on: “The 3rd Annual Latino Student Union Rockabilly Festival is a celebration of an aesthetic movement typically called “Kustom Kulture.” Kustom Kulture is a term encompassing artists who work with different mediums, including metal fabricators, tattooist, pinstripers, photographers, filmmakers and performance artists….Come see barrio art and the artists on March 27th on "The Mounds" at Pitzer College."

- Betty Elle presents Pier Invasion (benefiting A Place Called Home): Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys, Left Alone, Vicky Tafoya & the Big Beat, Vicky & the Vengents, The Rocketz, Stellar Corpses, Hot Rod Funeral, and DJ Von Badsville and DJ Tavi
Saturday 3/27/2010, 6:00 PM
Brixton South Bay (on Redondo Pier)
100 Torrance Blvd.
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
21 and over, $15 presale, $18 at the door
Raffled prizes include a pair of tickets to this year’s sold out Viva Las Vegas, a signed life-size cut out and DVD of Elvira, a tattoo session with LA Ink’s Amy Nicoletto, swing dancing lessons with world renowned dancer Rusty Frank, a photo session with JMV Photography, and more.
Hawleywood's Barbershop will be doing hot towel shaves.
Sponsored by Stop Staring clothing, Hawleywood's Barbershop, Stephanie Salon, and Ultra Lux Lounge and Salon.

Are there other Rockabilly or Psychobilly shows you know of this weekend? Let me know and I’ll add it to the list.

Did you go to any of these shows? Please come back and leave a comment about your experience.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Mutilators: a great-sounding psychobilly band with a sense of humor

There was blood all over everything – the upright bass, the amps, the diaper the singer/guitarist wore. The most disturbing thing was the old-school Sesame Street “Happy Birthday” shirt that covered Johnny Anal’s torso: there was Elmo, and the Cookie Monster, and Big Bird, but they were dripping in blood. Apparently the Sesame Street gang had just gone on a killing spree.

This was all very fitting for a band that calls themselves “The Mutilators.” This group lives up to their name in every way. They’ve dressed up like a number of different “mutilating” characters – butchers, bloody doctors (in which case female fans are encouraged to stop by the merch booth for a free check-up), bloody nurses (I think they love every opportunity to dress in drag).

I'm Not Laughing At You, I'm Laughing With You:
The over-the-top blood and guts horror element of their performance is definitely entertaining, but what’s great about The Mutilators is that they show you what happens when psychobilly loosens up and laughs at itself. With songs like “I’m SOOOO Psychobilly” and “Gay Love Song for Nick 13,” The Mutilators bring the fun back into the scene and joke about psychobilly fans who take themselves too seriously.

Some critics haven’t appreciated the group’s tongue-in-cheek lyrics, but The Mutilators aren’t trying to make fun of the subculture. They’re clearly psychobilly fans themselves. And they’re great psychobilly musicians. But they do make a point about the strict guidelines and definitions that tend to limit the psychobilly world.

As Johnny Anal (vocals, guitar) points out: “We in no way mock psychobilly music. If anything the song “I’m SOOOO Psychobilly” mocks psychobilly elitist attitudes, i.e. the idea that you are not psychobilly if you have the wrong hair or shoes, or listen to the wrong bands, etc.”


Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Celebrate St. Patrick's with some rockabilly/psychobilly/surf music tonight and this weekend

It’s time to step out and drink a Guinness, so why not enjoy some psychobilly/rockabilly music while you drink it up for St. Patrick? Among this week/end’s highlights:

- Gamblers Mark and many more: Crazy St. Patty’s Show
Wednesday 3/17/2010, 8:00 PM
Old Town Pub
66 N. Fair Oaks (Entrance in alley on Holly St), Pasadena, CA 91103
21 and over, $5
Read more about Gamblers Mark here.

- “Rev It Up” with PLAN 9, Henchmen, Los Difuntos, Slash-O-Matic
Friday 3/219/2010, 8:00 PM
Spike’s Bar and Billiards
7813 Garvey Avenue, Rosemead, CA 91770
21 and over

- Rockabilly night with Hotrod Hillbillies, Badluck Bandits, The Southerners, The Bombers
Friday 3/19/2010, 8:00 PM
Old Town Pub
66 N. Fair Oaks (Entrance in alley on Holly St), Pasadena, CA 91103
21 and over, $6
Read more about Hotrod Hillbillies here.

- Moonlight Trio, Los Chilaqz, Johnny Dahmer
Friday 3/19/2010, 8:00 PM
276 E 1st Street, Pomona, CA 91766
No cover, Free Parking
21 and over
Read a review of Moonlight Trio here.

- Voodoo Glow Skulls, Hotrod Hillbillies, Cold Blue Rebels, Mentors, Hub City Stompers
Saturday 3/20/2010, 6:00 PM
The Dome
2201 V St., Bakersfield, CA 93301
$10 in advance, $12 at the door, all ages

- Cash’d Out, Ramblin’ James & The Billy Boppers, 50 Cent Haircut
Saturday 3/20/2010, 9:00 PM
The Juke Joint
735 N. Anaheim Blvd., CA 92805
$10, 21 and over

Are there other Rockabilly or Psychobilly shows you know of this weekend? Let me know and I’ll add it to the list.

Did you go to any of these shows? Please come back and leave a comment about your experience.