Opening the show, The Lords of Altamont out of Los Angeles rocked the house with a sound that crosses Punk, Psychedelic Rock and rhythm and blues combined with the looks of a 60s biker gang. Lead Singer Jake “The Preacher” Cavaliere has great stage presence throwing his organ around as if it were a guitar. In the current lineup he is accompanied by Dani Sin – guitar, Zim – bass guitar, and Steven ‘Knuckles’ VanderWerff on drums.
Second in line was the Bellrays mixing Rock & Roll with Soul to bring a powerful set to the stage. Lead singer Lisa Kekaula rallied the crowd throughout the night reminding them this was a rock show and not leMng them fall into a Wednesday night lull.
When Reverend Horton Heat came out the place came alive. I have been a fan of their music for years but this was my first chance to see one their shows. Jim Heath is a master at his trade. He would easily have to be added to any list of greatest guitar players. To see him work his magic on his classic Grutsch Guitar is nothing short of amazing. If Ozzy is the Godfather of Metal, then Jim must be the Godfather of Rockabilly. Alongside Jim on standup bass is Jimbo Wallace. Jimbo is a monster on the bass adding a rhythmic soul to the music. Last but certainly not least is Scott Churilla on drums and if Jimbo is the soul Scott is the heartbeat. Song after song had so much energy no one was left standing still. If you weren’t swing dancing with your partner you were stomping your feet. They played classics like “Psychobilly Freakout” from their first album “Smoke Em if you got Em” and “Galaxy 500” alongside songs like “Zombie Dumb” from the 2014 album “Rev”. At one point Jim swapped duties playing standup bass for their renditon of “Run Run Rudolph”. It was clear to all at the end of the night why these guys have such a faithful following.
Photos and Story by: Michael Gianni