In these difficult times, without so much as a bridge to cross, when something as important as the Lusty Lady can’t even survive, well…The Chuckleberries are just what we need. The members are long time rock and roll royalty. Singer/drummer Russell Quan is perhaps most famous for his work with The Mummies (formed in 1988), but he also rocks with his long-haired, vest-wearin’ Deutschband The Dukes of Hamburg. He is also often spotted around town doing his fabulous DJ thing, or simply bouncing about at live shows. Killer guitarist Jay Rosen appears alongside Klaus Flouride when backing up the Legendary Stardust Cowboy. He sells guitars and amps (mostly vintage) via his website. Starting the show on a 12-string guitar, he proclaimed it “Jangle Pop”. Frontman Dave Seabury has played with everyone from Jonathan Richman to Psycotic Pineapple. The whole crew is endlessly devoted to live music.
The Chuckleberries are a cover band, but wait — they are not your typical cover band. These guys must have some serious record collections because the songs they play span the spectrum, from the fairly well-known Byrds classic “Mr. Spaceman” to the lesser known Turtles ass-kicker “Outside Chance”. Best of all, they always include a Rutles song or two. If you don’t have some Rutles in your catalog, stop what you are doing and head to the closest record store. With perfect guitar and bass lines, well-done harmonies and wild drum flair, The Chuckleberries play the catalog as well as you are likely to hear the catalog. Catch ’em with Titan Ups this Saturday, September 7 at Light Rail Studios! It’s a KUSF in Exile thing, so you know its gots to be good.
Courtney & the Crushers seemed tense. They were waiting patiently for Max Nordile, but there was no sign of him. They ran through a perfect set of their signature sing-a-long, booty-shakin’ dance jive. Someone from the audience shouted that Max was not answering his phone. The band started the last song as Max burst through the door and was ushered on stage for the greatest collaboration in music since “Ebony and Ivory”. Max is best known for his long-time, dearly-departed project Uzi Rash, but that was just the beginning. This past year, Max has brought us Wet Drag, Human Waste, and Violence Creeps, not to mention this surprise appearance.