EARLE MANKEY APPRECIATION NIGHT at the WORLD FAMOUS TROUBADOUR

EARLE MANKEY APPRECIATION NIGHT at the WORLD FAMOUS TROUBADOUR

The Long Ryders

The Tearaways

Wednesday Week

The Stingrays

Kylie Rose Hughes

Matthew & Gunnar Nelson (from Nelson)

The Pop

The Cherry Bluestorms

Pat Todd & The Rankoutsiders

Kristian Hoffman (formerly of The Mump and The Swinging Madisons)

The Unforgiven

The Rave-Up

Tue, January 14, 2014

6:30 pm

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Proceeds go to benefit “A Dog Life’s Rescue”

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EARLE MANKEY APPRECIATION NIGHT at the WORLD FAMOUS TROUBADOUR
EARLE MANKEY APPRECIATION NIGHT at the WORLD FAMOUS TROUBADOUR
A Special Celebration for famed producer Earle Mankey

featuring performances from many of the bands and artists that have worked with Earle throughout the years
including: The Long Ryders, The Tearaways, Wednesday Week, The Stingrays, Kylie Rose Hughes, Matthew & Gunnar Nelson (from Nelson), The Pop (first time in years), The Cherry Bluestorms, Pat Todd & the Rankoutsiders…w/Piers Morgan to Emcee and a Special Jam by “Conspicuous In Their Absence”and many more special guests to be announced.
The Long Ryders
The Long Ryders
The Long Ryders formed from the ashes of the Los Angeles band The Unclaimed. The founding members were Sid Griffin and bassist Barry Shank. Their initial studio release the EP "10-5-60" consisted of Griffin (a native of Kentucky), replacement bassist Chris (Des) Brewer from Australia, Stephen McCarthy (Richmond, VA) and Greg Sowders (Los Angeles, CA). Brewer was replaced after "10-5-60" by Tom Stevens (Elkhart, IN), thus forming the permanent lineup (Griffin, McCarthy, Sowders, Stevens) which would remain in place until their eventual breakup.
Apart from occasional Long Ryders activity, Griffin, who relocated to London, has kept busy as a solo artist and bandleader (The Coal Porters, Western Electric), and as a music journalist and critic. McCarthy, after a stint leading his own band, Walker Stories, returned home to Richmond, Virginia; he played in the indie supergroup Gutterball with Steve Wynn and fellow Richmondites Bryan Harvey and Johnny Hott of House of Freaks, and in 2003 began playing with The Jayhawks. Stevens returned to his native Indiana, earned a degree in computer science and continues to release solo albums. And Sowders, who was married for a time to the singer Lucinda Williams, went to work in music publishing.
The Tearaways
The Tearaways
Combining the best of California Rock with their roots based firmly in British Invasion and Early American Rock & Roll, The Tearaways have been the mainstay of Santa Barbara Rock since the band was formed in the early 80's.

Then Teenager John Finseth ("Fin") formed the band with the help of three friends and they kicked off their career with a gig at the Goleta Swapmeet. In attendance that day was Jeffrey Foskett (singer and guitarist for the Beach Boys and Brian Wilson for the last 30 years) who encouraged The band to write and play their own songs in addition to the dockside rock and roots rock that the guys loved. A four song EP followed "Sounds Like... The Tearaways" followed in 1981 and the boys garnered their first airplay with Santa Barbara Rock stations KTYD and KTMS jumping on the songs.

Greg Brallier (formerly of The Jetsons & Trik) and Fin combined their efforts in two Santa Barbara bands starting in 1984 with the Volcanos and Five Cool What and after a brief stint in Trio called Pat, Fin & Greg, They reformed as The Tearaways in 1990 adding brother Jesse Benanati and Perry Benanati from the successful Santa Barbara group The Dreamers which featured their sister Bridgit Benanate (writer of Kelly Clarkson's chart topping single "Breakaway"). Dave Hekhouse joined in 1991 after his stint in Celebrity City and that line up has been constant until last August when John Ferriter (JF) formerly of Santa Barbara's The Stingrays rejoined the band.

The Tearaways continue to perform regularly in Southern California and for the last eight years they have been a featured performer and headliner at the Mathew Street Festival in Liverpool where they have performed street shows for over 40,000 people and have regularly headlined the World Famous Cavern, the Adelphi Hotel and other Liverpool hot spots.

The band has recorded at the World Famous Abbey Road Studios where the Beatles recorded most of their hits and have collaborated with numerous producers over the years including Tom Werman (Cheap Trick, Boston, Blue Oyster Cult, Poison, the fim "Rock Star" starring Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer Aniston).

In the Early 1990's The Tearaways began a collaboration with legendary producer Earle Mankey (Sparks, Concrete Blonde, The Beach Boys, Eric Carmen, The Long Ryders, The Three O'Clock, 20/20, Wednesday Week) that continues to this day.

The Tearaways have spent most of 2013 in the studio at Earle's Psychedelic Shack where they have recently recorded 29 new original songs expected for a late 2013 release.
Wednesday Week
Wednesday Week
Thirty years after the release of their debut EP “Betsy’s House” was released, Wednesday Week continues to be a viable musical entity. Kristi Callan, Heidi Rodewald, David Nolte, and Kelly Callan—the classic lineup that recorded “What We Had” for Enigma Records with REM producer Don Dixon—are reuniting for the first time in over a decade. In the interim, all four members have kept busy. After joining The Negro Problem, Rodewald co-wrote the music to “Passing Strange”, a movie and Tony-award winning Broadway musical based on the life of collaborator Stew; Kristi Callan has released solo records and an album, “Five and Dime Waltz”, with her country band, Dime Box; Nolte has been a longtime on-and-off collaborator with Platinum-selling British singer/songwriter David Gray, as well as toured with Dave Davies, the lead guitarist of The Kinks, and country-rock singer/songwriter Maria McKee; As a member of The Mistaken with underground punk rock legend Gregg Turner, Kelly Callan recorded the “Santa Fe” album, and later founded Avebury Records. During their time in Wednesday Week, they toured the United States and Canada, appeared on various television shows, including “Late Night with Arsenio Hall”, while having the videos for their singles shown on MTV. Wednesday Week’s second LP, “No Going Back”, was recorded in 1990 with Earle Mankey at the production helm on six of the songs, and singing back-up on one. The band broke-up shortly there after, though the Callan sisters and Nolte went on to form the country-rock band Lucky with former Mad Parade bassist, Mike Lawrence. They released one album, “Live A Little”.
The Stingrays
The Stingrays
The Stingrays were formed when John Ferriter and Greg Pryor met as students at UCSanta Barbara in the early 1980’s. They parlayed a series of local shows playing 100% original material into a following and soon hit the road to support their first single “Justice" in 1984. They followed that recording with two lp’s for Stonegarden Records “Coast to Coast” & “Praise the music”. The Santa Barbara Quartet opened a series of shows for the likes of REM, The Bangles, Guns & Roses, the Del Fuegos, The Truth, the Del Lords and a number of other acts. The band relocated to Los Angeles in the late 80’s where they began a creative collaboration with producer Earle Mankey.
Kylie Rose Hughes
Kylie Rose Hughes
Kylie Rose, a singer-songwriter born and raised in Malibu, California, has had a busy decade. Over the last ten years, Rose has recorded a holiday EP, a worship EP, two full-length original albums, completed her bachelor’s degree and pioneered her very own sound, which she coined “Calipopicana™.” She describes Calipopicana™ as a blend of California influences like The Beach Boys and The Bangles, mixed with classic pop and Americana soul. She’s a fresh face with an uncanny ear for pop and a talent for connecting with her audience through storytelling. Rose’s style is completely unique, but influenced by Sheryl Crow’s musical innovation, Taylor Swift’s real-life-experience songwriting, Katy Perry’s sassy-yet-playful attitude and Patsy Cline’s vintage feel.

Since graduating, Rose has been more determined than ever to leave her mark on the music and entertainment industries. Without label support, Rose formed her own production company and assembled a band, rounding out her four-part harmonies. Two of her songs were featured in a recent surf film, “Zero to 100: The Lakey Peterson Story.” She has also performed at sold-out venues like The Malibu Inn and The Hotel Café, and shared the stage with Mercy Me, The Newsboys, Building 429 and Jesse McCartney, among others. Most recently, she sang with Michael W. Smith at Carnegie Hall. In 2013, Kylie Rose is excited to finish her upcoming album and release Calipopicana™ to the world!
Matthew & Gunnar Nelson (from Nelson)
Matthew & Gunnar Nelson (from Nelson)
Their music has stood the test of time. Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, revered for unforgettable past hits, explore fresh creative territory in the present with their latest project, “Lightning Strikes Twice”. Magical melodic songwriting and soaring sibling harmonies continue to ensure that this dynamic duo is still a vital part of the music scene’s future.

“After the Rain” was the debut multi-platinum album by NELSON, the band led by twins
Matthew and Gunnar in the early 1990s. They zoomed to number one with their hit song,
"(Can't Live Without Your) Love and Affection,” which made history landing America’s iconic Nelson family (bandleader Ozzie Nelson, rock legend Rick Nelson, and twins Matthew & Gunnar) into the Guinness Book of World Records as the ONLY family in Entertainment with 3 successive generations of #1 hitmakers. NELSON’s “After the Rain” record and tour became a phenomenon just prior to the rise of grunge. The last major success of the good time rock’n’roll era, NELSON has had (1) Number One, (4) Top Ten, and (5) Top 40 Billboard Hot 100 hit singles, plus (5) #1 MTV videos and has sold over 6.5 million albums worldwide!

Every magazine from Rolling Stone to People did cover stories, and NELSON performed on television shows like "Late Night With David Letterman" and "Saturday Night Live."

Nelson has always been synonymous with entertainment in America. Matthew and Gunnar follow Ozzie Nelson’s vision of embracing connecting with people and audiences through all forms of media. They have been doing television-hosting work for VH1 and E! Gunnar is also a standout reality TV star with VH1’s “Celebrity Fit Club”. Plus, Gunnar co-hosted LIFETIME Radio’s nationally syndicated morning show.

Matthew and Gunnar have rare insights into what it takes to earn longevity in the entertainment world. They continue the inspiring story of a most remarkable show business family. Their grandparents, Ozzie and Harriet, achieved immortality with "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet," the longest-running live action sitcom in television history. Earlier, the couple had enjoyed big band success and had scored a number one hit in 1934. Long before MTV made twins Matthew & Gunnar pop-rock icons, Ozzie Nelson is credited with creating the first conceptual music video for Ricky Nelson’s “Travelin’ Man”.

Perhaps the most televised rock star in history, the twins legendary father Ricky Nelson emerged from the TV series’ popularity to establish himself as one of the most important rock artists of the ‘50s and ‘60s with over 200 million career record sales. Rick Nelson is in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame credited with founding the country rock music genre.

The world maintains its fascination with America’s First Family of Entertainment, the Nelsons.
A&E channel’s Nelson Family “Biography” episode is still one of the top-rated ‘Biography’ installments. Matthew & Gunnar embraced this fascination by creating a touring show to celebrate the TV Nelsons and the amazing career of their legendary father, Ricky, for whom LIFE magazine coined the phrase “Teen idol”. They share video clips & tell stories about their Hollywood family and perform their Pop’s music live to audiences in RICKY NELSON REMEMBERED while separately touring as “NELSON”.

NELSON has been headlining at major rock festivals around the globe celebrating the 20th anniversary of “After the Rain”. Touring in China, the U.K. and of course the U.S. where they have also toured extensively with Peter Frampton and Styx.

"’Lightning Strikes Twice’ has allowed us creatively, artistically and musically to resolve some unfinished business," Gunnar says. "We’ve had a blast going into the studio writing and performing some of our best songs. Plus, being back on the road with NELSON is living the dream all over again. New fans are discovering our music and original fans have shown incredible support all over the world. It ROCKS!”

Matthew adds, “Who could believe we would be doing a NELSON sequel to ‘After the Rain” twenty years later? Gunnar and I feel it’s our best work to date and should live up to its name ‘Lightning Strikes Twice’. We believe NELSON fans will agree with that forecast and hope they feel it’s been worth the long wait.”
The Pop
The Cherry Bluestorms
The Cherry Bluestorms
Shortly after Glen Laughlin returned to Los Angeles from the Stukas Over Disneyland tour with punk rock legends The Dickies, he was involved in a motor vehicle accident. His left hand was crushed, seemingly ending his career as a musician. As we know, the story didn’t quite end there. A year later Laughlin rejoined The Dickies for several years. He also began to use the non-standard tunings he developed as a result of his hand injury.

Deborah Gee landed a development deal with A&M Records which led to collaborations with recording world luminaries Chris Lord-Alge, Mike Clink and engineer Jon Ingoldsby (Madonna, K.D. Lang). Deborah placed several songs from her debut solo album “Portal” in TV and films. Her drummer during this time was the late Alan Myers formerly of Devo.

After meeting Laughlin at a coffeehouse and discovering their mutual love for ‘60’s guitar-based melodic rock, the two began working on what was to become The Cherry Bluestorms’ debut album, Transit of Venus at Roundhouse Recording, the studio Laughlin started after The Dickies’ Idjit Savant tour. TOV was called one of the top 100 indie albums of 2007 by International Pop Overthrow’s David Bash. Critically praised by L.A. Weekly, Glasswerk UK, Powerpopaholic, Not Lame, Absolute Powerpop and others, many singled out the bands’ version of the Beatles’ “Baby You’re a Rich Man”. The band subsequently entertained crowds and enjoyed critical praise in Canada, Mexico and the UK, including The Cavern, famous home of The Beatles.

Mark Francis White, native to St. Louis, moved to Los Angeles in 1976. He was soon a highly-sought drummer in the burgeoning New Wave scene. He has worked with Heather Haley, Jackie Lomax and Keith Levene (formerly PIL) amongst others and notably with The Furys, where he met Laughlin.

Following the success of TOV, the band released Bad Penny Opera, an ambitious song cycle chronicling “Penny’s” journey South to find herself, via the 1960’s British Rock influences that inform the band’s music. The album includes The Bluestorms’ version of Donovan’s “Wear Your Love Like Heaven”.

“Violent Heart” from TOV and “A True Heart Wears A Thorny Crown” from BPO were placed in hit television shows. Gee has been tracking her second solo album, Geeology, with Laughlin co-producing. The band is currently working on their third album.
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Pat Todd & The Rankoutsiders
Pat Todd & The Rankoutsiders
For over twenty years, THE LAZY COWGIRLS were the undisputed kings of Los Angeles underground Rock 'n' Roll, releasing countless singles and albums for labels such as Sympathy For the Record Industry, Crypt, Bomp!, and Gearhead. Wayne Coyne, of The Flaming Lips, called them an "American Institution". The Cowgirls may be no more, but their founder, vocalist and songwriter, Pat Todd, has released a two CD set with his new band, Pat Todd & The Rankoutsiders entitled "The Outskirts of Your Heart". The album is nothing less than the culmination of two years of hard work, love and determination…

Produced and engineered by former Sparks guitarist, Earle Mankey (The Cramps, Concrete Blonde, The Beach Boys, Possum Dixon), at his home studio, "Earle's Rankoutsider Wreckroom" (whom some have called the "modern Sun studios"), the album reflects the diversity of American Rock 'n' Roll, from raunchy rockers like "Alive as Yesterday" to heartfelt laments like "Christmas Day". As a live band they are a powerhouse- playing one song after another, with everything they have to give. On any given night, they seem to stop time.

Pat Todd and the Rankoutsiders' first single, "Just Another Stupid Guy", is currently receiving airplay on Sirius radio's , Little Steven's Underground Garage channel, as well as WMBR 88.1 FM in Massachusetts
Kristian Hoffman (formerly of The Mump and The Swinging Madisons)
Kristian Hoffman (formerly of The Mump and The Swinging Madisons)
Singer/songwriter Kristian Hoffman first emerged during the late 1970s as songwriter and keyboardist for New York City cult favorite the Mumps, and was also an active figure in the No Wave, performing alongside the likes of Lydia Lunch and the Contortions, and playing keys and singing on the James White and the Blacks LP Off White. As a member of Bleaker St. Incident, with Ann Magnuson and Robert Mache, he spearheaded the "anti-folk" movement. Concurrently he was in the lounge rock band The Swinging Madisons, and was the original musical director for Klaus Nomi, writing many of Nomi's best known songs.
Hoffman later played in Kid Congo Powers' group Congo Norvell. By the 1990s, Hoffman was performing regularly as a solo artist; in 1993, he issued his debut I Don't Love My Guru Anymore, followed four years later by Earthquake Weather. For the remainder of the decade, Hoffman worked with Dave Davies and El Vez on various projects and also served as music director for Ann Magnuson and Rufus Wainwright. In 2002, he and producer Earle Mankey crafted a third album of duets, &.
& includes collaborations such as "Get It Right This Time" with that dog.'s Anna Waronker, "Scarecrow" with Rufus Wainwright, and "Devil May Care" with Russell Mael of Sparks. "Revert to Type" features string arrangements from industry legend Van Dyke Parks. "Madison Avenue" is a duet with El Vez, "The Mexican Elvis." There is also a guest appearance from Pee Wee Herman AKA Paul Reubens. There are team-ups with the Three O'Clock's Michael Quercio, Maria McKee of Lone Justice, Lydia Lunch, and Ann Magnuson.
Hoffman is also an artist who has designed album cover art for such musicians as The Voltaires, Andrew[disambiguation needed], and legendary Los Angeles punk band X, and for releases such as eggBERT Records' Hollies tribute "Sing Hollies In Reverse," as well as his own "He Means Well" limited addition 45 cover. Hoffman's art was also highlighted in the books "Two Blocks East of Vine" by Iris Berry and "Incriminating Evidence" by Lydia Lunch. His most famous art composition to date probably remains the notorious "Bendover Girl" from an insert in the original edition of the New York Dolls' first album, since reproduced on tee shirts, tattoos and drum heads all over the world.
In 2005, Hoffman was featured in two separate one-man art shows in Los Angeles galleries—the first an extensive retrospective of thirty years of illustrative work, and the other a showing of several new larger format works. He also designed the poster for the Green Day Documentary Heart Like a Hand Grenade.
In late 2005, a documentary on Klaus Nomi, The Nomi Song, directed by Andrew Horn, was released and received wide critical praise and several awards. The documentary has since come out on DVD (a Palm Pictures Release). It features extensive interviews with Hoffman and many of Nomi's other key collaborators, as well as footage of many rare concert and television appearances by Nomi. Four of Hoffman's compositions for Nomi are featured in the film, as well as some original incidental music and some clips of Mumps songs. The DVD extras include an extended interview with Hoffman wherein he details the genesis and thoughts behind each song he composed for Nomi.
Also released in 2005 was How I Saved the World, a newly remastered Mumps compilation, with all the tracks on the original 1995 eggBERT release plus ten extra unreleased tracks, all composed by Hoffman. The compilation also includes a full color 24 page booklet and a companion DVD of vintage Mumps performances at CBGBs and other venues, with optional commentary by Hoffman. This double-disc compilation was released by Sympathy For The Record Industry Records. Press and other historical information can be found at the Mumps official website www.mumpsmusic.com.
Hoffman spent much of the first half of 2006 producing a new full length CD for long-time collaborator Ann Magnuson, called "Pretty Songs and Ugly Stories." Besides playing on the album with his band The Rock Gods, Hoffman also co-wrote ten of the songs with Magnuson. Rufus Wainwright added a one-man chorale to the CD's "Whatever Happened To New York." Other songs on the CD feature performances by the Chapin Sisters, Jonathan Lea of the Jigsaw Seen, DJ Bonebrake of X, and Heather Lockie of Listing Ship. The album was released December 2006. The record release party in the Disney Concert Hall's Redcat Theater was sold out, necessitating the addition of a second show. Guest artists for the shows included Candypants' Lisa Jenio, as well as Prince Poppycock, aka John Quale, who plays Jesus in the award winning Musical "The Beastly Bombing." Two sold out shows at L.A.'s Steve Allen Theater followed quickly thereafter.
Throughout 2007, Hoffman continued to be Ann Magnuson's musical director as she played select dates around the country to promote "Pretty Songs."
Hoffman has also served as a regular member of the Mink Stole band, the Abby Travis band, the Carolyn Edwards band, and the Jane Wiedlin lounge combo Downtown Sensation. In addition, he has appeared as a session musician on albums by Andrew, the Jigsaw Seen, Carolyn Edwards, Blow Up (with Deborah Harry), and El Vez.
For over three years, Hoffman was the keyboard player for the popular Velvet Hammer Burlesque house band, led by the Millionaire (of Combustible Edison fame). The Velvet Hammer Burlesque ran monthly at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles until director/producer Michelle Carr relocated to Germany. The band occasionally played original Hoffman compositions. Hoffman's original compositions were also featured in the film documentary "The Velvet Hammer Burlesque," by filmmaker Augusta. Other regular solo and duet appearances by Hoffman included a series at Hollywood's late Parlour Club, hosted by performance artist Vaginal Creme Davis.
Hoffman reported on his official website, as well as his Myspace and Facebook pages, that he had finished recording his new 17 song album, Fop, in late 2008; that it was being mixed by Earle Mankey; and that its release was expected in mid-2009. It released in October 2010. On July 27, 2010, the classical-crossover phenomena Timur and the Dime Museum released their album, The Collection: Songs from the Operatic Underground, containing five cover songs by Kristian Hoffman, with Kristian Hoffman, playing the piano on Total Eclipse. LA Weekly compared Kristian Hoffman's lyrics in the song Lite of the World, as "dark lyrics that wouldn't be out of place on a Thom Yorke album". Hoffman has also served as a DJ on Internet radio station LuxuriaMusic.com.
The Unforgiven
The Unforgiven
The Unforgiven were a roots rock band that existed for four years during the 1980s. They were signed with a two-record deal to Elektra Records after a bidding war with Warner Bros. Records and several other labels. One label was willing to sign the band unseen and unheard. The band's attire and overall look was compared to that of actors in a spaghetti western; three-quarter length overcoats, dusty boots, and wide brimmed hats.
The lineup on the band's sole album (released in 1986) featured Steve Jones aka John Henry Jones (lead vocals, guitar), Johnny Hickman (guitar and vocals), Just Jones aka Mike Jones (guitar and vocals), Todd Ross (guitar and vocals), Mike Finn (bass and vocals) and Alan Waddington (drums and vocals). The self-titled album sold 50,000 copies. Steve Jones previously sang with and led the group The Stepmothers; two other members of The Stepmothers performed with a later incarnation of The Unforgiven, bassist Larry Lee Lerma and guitarist Jay Lansford. During the period that the band was active bassist Mike Finn was a teacher at an Orange County public school.
When asked during a Los Angeles Times interview about the record label's bidding war leader Steve Jones replied:
I can only tell you what they tell me. The timing seems to be right for a band that seems healthy. We play very aggressive music, but it's still pop. We're not trying to be overly political — we mean what we say, we don't say more than we mean...
In the same interview Craig Lee wrote that the band came into the Los Angeles rock scene with a "defiantly macho image". The tough look wasn't just an act. Before each rehearsal the group would run and lift weights Johnny Hickman gave up smoking in order to join the band.


Johnny Hickman on stage with Cracker in Asheville NC, USA in July 2006 Drummer Alan Waddington stated in an May 24, 1985 interview at Madame Wong's West in Santa Monica:
It's great to know you're wanted, and that you're going to do something with a major label. The label has sunk a lot of money into us just trying to get a record made. Right now, that's their main concern.
The Unforgiven were unusual in their four-guitar lineup, their use of "gang vocals", their vintage cowboy image, and their embrace of a country-influenced roots rock sound that would find greater popularity after they broke up. They appeared at the 1986 Farm Aid II concert held at the Manor Downs horse track in Manor, Texas, and at the Farm Aid III show the following year held at Lincoln, Nebraska. The band was one of the earliest bands to have their music videos distributed on channels other than MTV, helping that format move beyond a single TV channel in genres other than mainstream pop/rock.
Alan Waddington moved on to perform with Desperation Squad from Pomona and is on staff at Citrus College in Glendora, California. Johnny Hickman became a member of Cracker, and Just Jones, Mike Finn, and Unforgiven roadie Tim Allyn perform with the band The Hickmen.
Steve Jones went on to write, direct, and compose in the music and television industries. He is credited with writing the "Days Like These" track off of Asia's Then & Now album from 1990. More recently he worked as series producer for Discovery Channel's first season of Pitchmen, and in 2010 co-founded a talent development agency.
The band reunited for what was called "one last show" during the 2012 Stagecoach Festival held at Indio, California. Several of the original band members, plus one guest fill-in, played several tracks including "Some Days", "Hang 'Em High", and "They Shoot Horses Don't They?". Jay Lansford (now living in Hanover (Germany) and playing lead guitar for the Simpletones and Ch. 3) along with Steve Jones and Alan Waddington (living in Azusa) all performed at the event.
The Rave-Up
The Rave-Up
The Rave-Ups are a critically acclaimed American rock group hailing originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania but are best known for being from Los Angeles, California. Labeled with connections to various genres throughout their career, the band were/are equal parts pop/power-pop, roots rock, alternative rock, alt-country (before alt-country/No Depression/Americana labels even existed), and singer/songwriter aesthetic.[1] They are best known for their alternative rock hit songs "Respectfully King of Rain" and "Positively Lost Me" as well as their appearances in Pretty in Pink and Beverly Hills, 90210.[2]
The Rave-Ups were originally founded at Carnegie Mellon University in the fall of 1979 by Jimmer Podrasky (guitar/vocals), with Michael Kaniecki (guitar/vocals), George Carter (bass, violin, vocals), and T.J. Junco (drums). The original group lasted only through that fall when T.J. Junco left the band. Richard Slevin (drums) joined the group in January 1980 and helped the band develop through the year, and though the group was considered part of Pittsburgh's early punk/new wave scene, along with its sister group The Shakes/Combo Tactic; with a somewhat more polished style, The Rave-Ups were considered less an example of the Punk genre and more of a musical stew of punk, pop, country, blues and folk. The band performed mostly original songs written by Podrasky and Kaniecki, with some songs contributed by Carter, and a few covers. Early performances in Pittsburgh were at The Electric Banana, The Decade Lounge, functions at Carnegie Mellon, as well as regular gigs at Fat City in Swissvale. During the summer of 1980 the band made 4-track and 16-track studio recordings, including the later popular "Class Tramp" and "In My Gremlin," along with the usual live recordings of club dates. Slevin left the band in the summer of 1980 to return to his native New York City and was replaced by Victor McPoland, a fellow Pittsburgher and Carnegie/Mellon grad. Meanwhile, the band left Pittsburgh and relocated briefly to Los Angeles, California. Appearing as the "band" in a John Wells (later of E.R. and The West Wing fame) production of Sam Shephard's "The Tooth of Crime," the group spent eight weeks in the sun of Los Angeles before returning home to Pittsburgh. A later return to LA by the band didn't gel and the original members broke up soon afterward. Podrasky returned briefly to Pittsburgh, but eventually booked a flight back to Los Angeles in order to further the musical agenda already established by the Pittsburgh group.

The second incarnation of the band followed after Podrasky met drummer Tim Jimenez in the San Fernando Valley in 1982. Podrasky and Jimenez quickly became close friends and enlisted a bass player, Colleen Campbell, to join the band. Danny Zippi (a gifted and accomplished stage & screen actor) joined the group soon after and the band gigged around Los Angeles, almost always for free. Within the year, Campbell and Zippi were replaced by guitarist Chuck Wada & bassist Douglas Leonard. That line-up signed an indie deal and released a six song EP entitled Class Tramp on Fun Stuff Records in 1983. The EP sold all 3,000 copies produced. But the Podrasky-Jimenez-Wada-Leonard line-up didn't last long. Late in 1984, Terry Wilson (guitar) and Tommy Blatnik (bass guitar) joined the band on a permanent basis. Ironically, all four members of the band now worked in the mailroom/shipping department of A&M Records, and it was in the basement of the A&M lot that the band rehearsed nightly, honing their craft amongst stacks of posters, album flats and music merchandising. In 1985, the band released their first full-length album, Town and Country, which was met with widespread critical acclaim and sold more than 40,000 copies. The album's only single, "Positively Lost Me," became a college radio hit and cemented the band as thoughtful alt-rockers with an extremely accessible sound, smart songs, and a considerable fondness for country, blues and folk.

Actress Molly Ringwald, who had become a friend and fan of the band through her sister Beth's relationship with Podrasky, introduced the band to moviegoers in the John Hughes' classic Sixteen Candles when her character's three-ring binder featured the name "The Rave-Ups" scratched on it with a ball point pen. Ringwald later invited director John Hughes to see the band at a club date where the band informally and successfully auditioned for an appearance in the movie Pretty in Pink. In the movie, the Rave-Ups play their song "Rave-Up, Shut-Up" on stage while Duckie (Jon Cryer) talks with Iona (Annie Potts) at a nearby table, just before Andie (Ringwald) and Blane (Andrew McCarthy) join them. The next song played by the Rave-Ups in this scene is "Positively Lost Me". The band also appeared on the MTV "Pretty In Pink" Movie Premier Special performing "Positively Lost Me". That song became a cult hit big enough that Rhino Records included the song on Rhino's "Just Can't Get Enough: New Wave Hits of The 80's - Vol. 12". During this time the band was getting major acclaim from critics including Robert Christgau, Robert Hilburn, J.D. Considine, Todd Everett and Roy Trakin and entered into talks with several major record labels.

During their still-evolving musical peak, the band was locked in legal battles, all in the hope of moving on to a major label; from 1986 to 1987, little music was released, with the exception of a 12-inch single, "These Wishes" (later covered by Pittsburgh band, The Clarks). The poignant ballad "Big Wide River" was the B-side of the single, which was produced by Los Lobos' Steve Berlin and engineer Mark Linnett. The band recorded a full-length album with Berlin and Linnett producing, but the record was never released. In 1987, the band signed to Epic Records and released their major label debut The Book of Your Regrets[3] to high critical expectations, despite being only promoted to the college radio scene (albeit a burgeoning one). The album failed to sell many copies, due to Epic's corporate restructuring with Sony and lack of promotion. The label almost dropped the band but a few believers from Epic insisted that the band get another opportunity. That same year, their song "Class Tramp" appeared in the cult horror anthology film From a Whisper to a Scream. 1990 saw the release of the album Chance[4] (named after Podrasky's son with Beth Ringwald) to slightly more commercial success. The single "Respectfully King of Rain" became a modest alternative rock hit, garnering some video airplay on MTV and peaking at No. 12 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart. The second single, a radio-friendly pop anthem called "(She Says) Come Around" was readied for distribution (including a music video) by Epic who then decided that they would not promote the single or video and, soon after, dropped the band from the label. The band continued working for a few months, including an appearance on an episode of Beverly Hills, 90210 ("Spring Dance")and a brief tour opening for The Indigo Girls. Podrasky soon found himself in a brief relationship/engagement with 90210s star, Shannon Doherty; however, Podrasky's single-father status (he and Ringwald had split-up many months earlier) didn't gel with a Hollywood lifestyle and the relationship soon ended. Within months, after much frustration, The Rave-Ups unofficially broke up in 1992.

In 1996-1997, Podrasky briefly formed the band The Lovin' Miserys with Concrete Blonde drummer Harry Rushakoff and bass player Sam Bowles from Agent Orange; but the band never released an album and never toured. In 2000, members of The Rave-Ups (Podrasky and Wilson) reformed, recording a CD entitled The Salmon in the Woods which has remained unreleased as of 2012.

Wilson has played with Springfield, Missouri all-star band The Dog People and with The Ozark Mountain Devils. Jimenez continues to play with and to produce various bands in Los Angeles while Blatnik has played with LA group The Lonesome Strangers (featuring singer/songwriter Randy Weeks).

Podrasky and Wilson continued to maintain a musical partnership, writing and performing occasionally over the following years. In August 2007, with Jimenez and Blatnik back in the rhythm section, the band re-grouped to play some shows in the Los Angeles area. Since then, they've occasionally performed in southern California, but have yet to release any new material. Rumors of a new Rave-Ups record continue to tease diehard fans of the band.

Jimmer Podrasky has recorded his first solo album with drummer/producer Mitch Marine, guitarist/songwriter Brian Whelan and bassist/songwriter Ted Russell Kamp; the album is "The Would-Be Plans" and was released through JimmerMusic.com in September of 2013. According to an interview with MSN Music, Podrasky had intended the album to be a Rave-Ups reunion but couldn't get the other band members on board. Though he had the right to release it as a Rave-Ups record, he felt it wouldn't be right, so it's his first official solo album.[5]

Town And Country is available at Rhapsody, iTunes and Amazon.
Venue Information:
Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
http://www.troubadour.com/

All lineups and times subject to change