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Sunday, August 9, 2015
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12:00am [12:00am] RED MEAT (cont.)
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“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.

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7:00pm [7:00pm] BANJOJAZZ featuring Howard Alden
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John Convery - plectrum banjo
Howard Alden - tenor banjo
Bob Scott - drums
Gary Newman - piano

Banjojazz, a term coined by Jack Convery, was  named for  an all American creation, Jazz Music, and for an American instrument, the banjo. Playing banjo since they were 10 years old, Jack Convery and Howard Alden have been musical friends for over 40 years.

Alden famously coached Sean Penn on how to play the guitar and soloed on the guitar sound track for Penn’s role as a Django-style guitarist in the 1999 Woody Allen movie, Sweet and Lowdown. Alden also played with Woody Allen, Joe Williams and Woody Herman.This association has followed him and spawned more than one Django-themed tour for Alden. Beyond this, Alden remains the consummate keeper of the flame for traditional jazz guitar.  He has continued to win accolades from critics and musicians alike, adding Benny Carter, Flip Phillips, Mel Powell, Bud Freeman, Kenny Davern, Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespie and George Van Eps, as well as notable contemporaries such as Scott Hamilton and Ken Peplowski to his list of impressive credits.

Winner of the 1973 United Artists best banjoist of Northern California contest, having performed and worked with such music legends as Bing Crosby and Perry Como, and band director of the S.F. 49ers band since 1987, Jack Convery has been hailed as “the best banjoist in the NFL.”  Jack has worked with legendary entertainers such as Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, Arthur Godfrey, Willie Nelson, The Temptations, and many more.

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