Dr Desert Flower and I went to dinner and then the Tempe Marquee theater with out friends Alan and Tory to see Brian Setzer's Rockabilly Riot last night. The show was indeed a riot! Dinner & Happy Hour at Z Tejas Tempe was delicious, and then we waited in the cold rain for the geniuses who manage the Marquee to open their doors 20 minutes late, long enough for most of the audience who got there at 730pm (opening act, Sedan De Ville) to be nicely soaked and chilled.
50s, he puts on a show that would shame younger, less talented, lethargic, low energy rockers in their 20s and 30s. He played in 3 and 4 piece band and put an awesome hour in with pianist Kevin McKendree - who's playing reminded me alot of a young Jerry Lee Lewis - maniacally intense drummer Noah Levy, and Jim Carey-expression-esque bassist Johnny Spazz Hatton. Then Brian brought on Slim Jim Phantom and the fastest double bassist I've ever had the pleasure of seeing & hearing play, Chris D'Rozario. That young man can PLAY. Towards the end, Brian brought both groups on stage and they jammed intensely to Stray Cats songs together.
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