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.
Saturday December 10
<<<< rescheduled from 6/18/2022 <<from 1/28/2022
8:30PM doors -- music at 9:00PM
••• 21 AND OVER
Radio Valencia co-promotes...
rockabilly american roots rock
Irish Indie Pop Rock
spinning: Rock and Roll, Surf/Instro
-from Los Angele, CA
-From early days growing up in the southeast Los Angeles suburb of Downey, California under the tutelage of T-Bone Walker and Big Joe Turner to their emergence as central figures in the eclectic LA punk/rock scene of the early ‘80s to their current status as internationally-renowned influences in their own right, the Blasters have spent their lives exploring and expressing the deep and diverse musical legacy that is best described by the title of their first album: American Music.
A performance by today’s Blasters––vocalist-guitarist Phil Alvin, drummer Bill Bateman, bassist John Bazz, and guitarist Keith Wyatt––reflects influences that range from George Jones and Carl Perkins to Howlin’ Wolf, James Brown and Bo Diddley. The band’s 1980 debut album American Music (Rollin’ Rock) was a powerful collection of fresh, distinctive performances that shattered the artificial boundaries between blues, rockabilly, country, R&B and rock & roll. The next three albums for Slash/Warner Bros. (The Blasters, Non-Fiction, and Hard Line) increasingly featured the unique songwriting voice of original guitarist Dave Alvin as the band’s lineup expanded to include pianist Gene Taylor plus saxophonists Steve Berlin and New Orleans legend Lee Allen (“the man who put a saxophone in rock & roll”). As the Blasters’ fame grew, they began to draw accolades from artists as diverse as Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton and Queen, and in turn the band encouraged and supported still up-and-coming LA musical peers such as Dwight Yoakum and Los Lobos
In 1986, Dave Alvin left the band to pursue a solo career, and over the next decade a series of renowned guitarists including Billy Zoom, Michael “Hollywood Fats” Mann, Greg “Smokey” Hormel, and James Intveld filled the position. Phil Alvin simultaneously expanded his own musical efforts with the release of two acclaimed solo albums, Unsung Stories (Slash/Warner) in 1986 and County Fair 2000 (Hightone) in 1994.
In 1996, current guitarist Keith Wyatt joined the lineup and the Blasters continued touring steadily in the US and Europe before returning to the studio in 2004 to record 4-11-44 (Rainman). After the departure of drummer Jerry Angel, the band reunited with original member Bill Bateman and subsequently released their 2012 CD Fun on Saturday Night (Rip Cat). Meanwhile, the Blasters’ catalog was renewed with reissues of American Music along with two Slash/Warner compilations (Testament and The Blasters Collection) and the live recordings Trouble Bound and Going Home Live (Shout Factory).
Blasters shows have been described as “a cross between Creedence and the Clash,” with a display of passion and energy only deepened by decades of experience. For all of the ways in which the world has changed in the past few decades, one thing is still guaranteed: the Blasters play American Music.
-from San Francisco, CA
-The Hooks are one of the most exciting bands in San Francisco at the moment.
The Irish transplants have made the bay area their home. The Hooks released their first album on vinyl “Everything Is Golden” with much interest from Japan, The US and Europe.
“The Hooks…is a magical punked-up power pop exemplified by their self-released EP “10,000 Feet”. It's loaded with bright, dueling guitars and unforgettable tunes.” Duncan Scott Davidson – SF Chronicle
Anthemic Irish balladeers, the name says it all: they have the hooks (and the looks) indeed, and in spades. With a nod to the Kinks, and the Clash, their joyful, bratty call to arms is infectious and stays with you long after that last Guinness has been quaffed”.
“ Combining the defiant spat-out lyrical style and songwriting craft; the energetic agit–pop-double slap drums and bass hovering above: the ghost of Joe Strummer, and a dash of Paul Weller’s mod, femm-y charm”.
“The Hooks forge their own galloping new hybrid of Irish…they do not disappoint, and sound fresh and original”.
The Hooks cultivated a new sound for their album ‘Social Climbing’, recorded at famed Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, CA.
THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY was released Friday April 9th 2021.
-from San Francisco, CA
-David Greenfield, aka SID PRESLEY, plays rare & obscure music of the late 1950's through the 1960's, including raw garage rockers, surf and exotica instrumentals, international pop, greasy rhythm and blues, British Invasion, and much, much more.