& HIS REBELS WITHOUT APPLAUSE
"An Evening of Western Swing & Old-Timey Americana"
Tommy Thomsen, vocals (Western Swing Hall of Fame)
Barry Sless, steel guitar (David Nelson Band, Phil Lesh & Friends)
Eric Thompson, acoustic guitar (David Grisman, Jerry Garcia),
John Schott, electric guitar (T.J. Kirk, John Zorn)
Jeremy Cohen, violin (David Grisman, Linda Rondstadt)
Sylvan Carton, saxophones (Japonize Elephants, Mood Food)
John Hanes, drums (Richard Thompson)
Trevor Kinsel, bass (New Morty Show)
LAST DAY SALOON
406 Clement Street
San Francisco, CA
tickets: $10.00 adv/door
When "swing" was the thing, in the 1930's, young people from coast to
coast were dancing in urban ballrooms to the music of Benny Goodman,
Tommy Dorsey, and a long list of other popular dance bands of the era.
Country cousins of these youngsters were doing the same, but not in
ballrooms and not to the "uptown" bands whose names most readily come
to mind when the era of swing music is recalled. It was something
described as "hot fiddling" when it first began to stir in the
Southwest -- something that was not as gentile as the string-band
sounds of the Eastern Appalachians. Beginning in the country dance
halls of Texas and Oklahoma, an infectious combination of country,
cowboy, polka, and folk music was blended with "swing" to create a
variation played by so-called "hot string bands," which would later
come to be known as "Western Swing."
Tommy Thomsen & His Rebels Without Applause navigate through a fertile
musical landscape that prominently features Western Swing, along with
Dixieland, bluegrass, gospel and old-timey Americana music.
Led by noted Western Swing Hall of Fame vocalist/guitarist Tommy
Thomsen, the outfit boasts an all-star line-up that features steel
guitar wizard Barry Sless (Phil Lesh, David Nelson Band), electric
guitarist John Schott (T.J. Kirk, John Zorn), acoustic guitarist Eric
Thompson (Jerry Garcia, David Grisman), violinist Jeremy Cohen (David
Grisman, Linda Ronstadt), saxophonist Sylvain Carton (Mood Food,
Japonise Elephants), trap drummer John Hanes (Richard Thompson), and
bassist Trevor Kinsel (New Morty Show).
DO NOT MISS THIS SHOW!
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