Following in the footsteps of 2009, my first DJ set of 2010 will be at The Cadillac Lounge, as part of the second Surf and Turf night. Surf and Turf was launched in January, 2009, as an effort to present some great surf and rockabilly music on one bill, and it was a blast (see my Jan. 25, '09 post with some photos from the event). This year will feature a similar approach, one surf band, one rockabilly band, and myself as the resident DJ. Tennessee Voodoo Coupe provide the hopped-up rockabilly set, and local instrumental hotshots The Calrizians will deliver the sizzling surf sounds to kick off the night (see my Dec. 14, '08 post on The Calrizians). Hope to see you there! Here is the press release with all the details:
Surf and Turf 2
The second annual surf and rockabilly rumble!
Live at The Cadillac Lounge
Friday, January 22nd, 2010
featuring performances by:
Tennessee Voodoo Coupe
and The Calrizians
with DJ “Surfin” Dave Faris
$10 cover, doors 9 pm, showtime 10 pm
1296 Queen St. W.
For more information, contact: email@example.com
Rev up your engines, wax your surfboards, and make The Cadillac Lounge your destination on Friday, January 22nd, for Surf and Turf 2, the first hot ticket of 2010! Returning for a second lively installment, Surf and Turf is a raucous surf and rockabilly showdown, bringing together top-notch live entertainment along with a well-stocked DJ for an evening of musical thrills. Hosted by Toronto’s Tennessee Voodoo Coupe, Surf and Turf 2 welcomes contenders The Calrizians, offering up the instrumental portion of the evening. DJ “Surfin” Dave Faris rounds out the bill, spinning wild rockabilly and wave-riding surf tunes throughout the night.
Tennesee Voodoo Coupe live at the first Surf and Turf, January, 2009
Tennessee Voodoo Coupe are an offshoot of Toronto’s garage punk rockers Blue Mercury Coupe, although they have been making a name for themselves with their “100 proof reckless hillbilly jive.” With BMC’s Big Rude Jake on lead vocals and acoustic guitar, and Steve Good on the doghouse bass, TVC round out their lineup with Stevie “Six String” Abrams on the twangy Gretsch guitar, and Colonel Gary Edwards on a minimal standup drum setup. With this classic rockabilly arrangement, TVC tackle a broad mix of music, leaning heavily on early rockabilly, country, and some ’40s jump blues, along with some originals and a few unexpected surprises. TVC have been rocking stages across town for a couple of years, and in 2008 launched the East End Rockabilly Riot series at The Dominion on Queen, most recently expanded to a successful weekend event in September, 2009.
The Calrizians onstage at The Cadillac Lounge, June, 2009
The Calrizians are a Toronto-based instrumental trio, one of the top names on the local surf scene. Featuring the formidable talents of Ben Jewer on death-defying guitar, deft bass wrangler Oscar Laguan, and Jason Sproule pounding out the surf beat, The Calrizians are a force to be reckoned with. Cutting a stylish figure onstage, the group have an impressive repertoire, covering a wide range of classic instrumental rock and surf material and offering up some unexpected surprises throughout their set. The group are regulars at venues around town, such as The Dakota Tavern and The Cadillac Lounge, and were participants in the annual Great Lakes Surf Battle surf music festival in June, 2009.
DJ “Surfin” Dave Faris joins the excitement, spinning red hot rockabilly and surf tunes to set the stage for the live action. Faris has hosted his monthly Rock and Roll Riot night at The Cameron House for 7 years, spinning a wide variety of music from rockabilly to punk, garage, surf, country, blues and much more. In recent years he has spun at BMC/TVC’s Greezefest and Surf and Turf events, John and Jenny’s 2008 Rock’n It Up III rockabilly weekend, and he is the resident DJ at the East End Rockabilly Riot nights. Expect some sizzling surf and rockabilly boogie all night long!