Listings are in the opposite order of appearance: headliner is listed at the top, next is the support band(s), and the last band listed is the opener.
August 8 2014
8:30PM doors -- music at 9:30PM ••• 21 AND OVER
$10 in advance / $12 at the door
Black Cat Grave
with Bryan Kehoe (ex-MIRV/current Les Claypool's Duo De Twang)
& Tim Soya (Victims Family/The Kehoe Nation)
Polka, Hillbilly, Rockabilly
Beefheart musical tribute
horn-heavy musical ensemble
Polkacide, San Francisco's one and only hardcore polka band.
-Polkacide is a band based in the San Francisco Bay Area that plays their own unique style of polka, which can be characterized as "punk polka". They have appeared on the Doctor Demento television show and have made several recordings.
Polkacide, founded in 1985 by Ward Abronski, was originally organized to play a one-night stand for the 50th anniversary of the Deaf Club in San Francisco. The Deaf Club (which actually is a club for deaf people) had been hiring rock and punk bands to perform for them because they were so loud that club members could dance to them. It was suggested that some of the more elderly members did not want a punk band for the anniversary show. This inspired Abronski to form a "really loud polka band" for the occasion. None of the original members (12 in all) were polka musicians at the time, but they had varied backgrounds in music, including classical, rock, punk and jazz. Clarinetist Neil Kaitner, a.k.a. Neil Basa, came up with the name for the band and also designed the band logo, which features a skull and crossed sausages.
Band members were recruited, costumes made (black leather lederhosen with spikes, etc.,) and a repertoire of classic polkas learned in a three-month period leading up to the Deaf Club's 50th anniversary party. One week before the performance was to take place, it was cancelled due to noise abatement orders from local authorities. Rather than let their efforts go to waste, the band determined to play at least one performance and managed to be included in a punk show at the Mabuhay Gardens in San Francisco, a major punk venue at the time. Polkacide played loud, fast polkas at a thrashing punk tempo while mowhawk-headed punks stage dived and moshed in the pit along with the punk-dirndl clad Polka Sluts who turned out in support of the band.
Members of other bands that performed that night at the Mabuhay were still talking and laughing about it when they went to play other venues later that week, and word spread to booking agents and club owners about the "Punk Polka Band" Polkacide. The band has been playing ever since.
Black Cat Grave
-Bryan Kehoe & Tim Soya
Bryan Kehoe (ex MIRV/current Les Claypool's Duo de Twang) & Tim Soya (Victims Family/The Kehoe Nation)
-Once again Kehoe and Soya have banded together for the first time since Soya was in The Kehoe Nation at its beginning. This time we are rolling a Duo! All yer favorite Polka Hillbilly Rockabilly opera country twangbilly tunes!!
Trombone/Band Leader- Lawrence Jarach
Baritone Sax- Ward Abronski
Dirty Tuba- Wiley
Drums- Bruce Slesinger
Guitar- Mike McKevitt
Vocals/Accordion- Suzanne Ramsey
Trumpet- Mike Parykaza
Members of this band have played with : Extra Action Marching Band, Polkacide, Kitten on the Keys, Flipper, Orchestra Adelante, Love Power
-Pachuco Cadaver is dedicated to paying tribute to the musical genius of Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band. We are not a Beefheart cover band; nobody could realistically be expected to replicate the sound and texture of the Magic Band except the Magic Band, so we have created a horn-heavy ensemble with a decidedly unique way of arranging some classic Beefheart tunes, as if someone like Maceo Parker had been in charge.
Creating new arrangements and instrumentation is a way to introduce the Magic Band and Captain Beefheart to a new generation of live music fans who may not ever have heard of them.
Part of the fun of getting this ensemble together is playing some of the challenging music that has influenced each of us in different ways, trying to capture at least a taste of the thick sound of what Beefheart characterized as “musical painting.”