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Saturday, August 8, 2015
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12:00am [12:00am] HOWELLDEVINE (cont.)
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“Delta & Mississippi Hill Country Blues”

Joshua Howell - slide guitar/ harmonica
Pete Devine - drums
Joe Kyle, Jr. - bass

HowellDevine is the first contemporary blues band who have recorded for the legendary Arhoolie Records label in 25 years!

This is the kind of blues you don't hear anymore. The raw slide guitar played by Joshua Howell evokes the Mississippi Hill Country greats such as Fred McDowell and RL Burnside. The rhythm section of drummer and percussionist Pete Devine, along with the bass Joe Kyle Jr., breaks from the norm in blues, providing rich and complex textures integral to the music rather than a simple backing section for a soloist.
The result is a sound which stands in stark contrast to the typical blues heard in bars these days and would more likely be shaking the floors of a Southern juke joint some 70 years ago.  HowellDevine brings life back to that sound, infusing the rural blues with their own unique style.

$15
Doors open 7:30

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11:00pm [11:00pm] RED MEAT
Description:
“Honky Tonk Country”

Scott Young - guitar/ fiddle/  trombone/ vocals
Smelley Kelley - vocals
Les James - drums/ vocals
Jill Olson - bass/ vocals
Michael Montalto - guitar/ accordion/ piano

Red Meat began in a Mission District garage in 1993. But they trace their musical roots much farther back – to the hard honky tonk songs of their youths in Iowa, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Ohio, as well as the rock music of the 60s and 70s that they grew up with. Throw in the Ozark gospel harmonies from Scott Young's childhood, and you have the basic backbone of the Red Meat sound. It was this sound that they unleashed on an unsuspecting San Francisco still reeling from the demise of a strong 80s punk rock scene. And in a city known for its unusual music and its off-kilter bands, Red Meat did the craziest thing yet: they returned to their roots, writing and performing hard Bakersfield-style country music to sometimes dumbfounded early audiences.

"Back when we started, nobody was playing this kind of music at all", explains Smelley Kelley, "We'd go into a bar, play our set, and win over these rockers and punk kids. Now it's become a lot more normal to see a country band in a Bay Area bar." And San Francisco now boasts one of the most vibrant twang scenes in America. After hundreds of gigs, four albums, national tours, European dates, sharing the stage with their idol Buck Owens and many other national acts, backing rockabilly legend Wanda Jackson on the West Coast, and movie and television soundtracks, Red Meat has found its place as one of the pre-eminent honky tonk bands in California. It's a lot of progress for five expatriate Midwesterners who found their muse in San Francisco so long ago. And with the release of their fifth album, "Live At the World's Smallest Honky Tonk", don't look for the progress to end anytime soon.

$15
Doors open 7:30