Gene Evaro Jr. and his band, a bubbly and high-energy funk act from Joshua Tree, released their latest full-length album, Like It’s 1965, last week.

In celebration, the four-piece will be hitting a small run of shows in California as they prep for a larger summer tour. Beginning Friday, April 13, at Slim’s in SF, the band treks northeast to Chico on Saturday. The next week they appear in Santa Barbara. Then a month later they return to appear at the Joshua Tree Music Festival.

The new album is led by its title track, which premiered last week with a brand-new music video. The video depicts a day in the life of the quiet desert town of Joshua Tree. Opening with an aerial shot of the town that hones in on Evaro’s home, he walks out of his room and through the house. before you know it, the party is in full swing. Cut scenes feature Evaro and bassist Piper Robinson cruising on bikes along a desert highway straight off the Burning Man playa. Aside from the sweltering saxophone melodies, Robinson’s ferociously graceful bass line is a highlight of the track.

Opening Friday’s show will be Fayetteville, Arkansas’ Handmade Moments and Oakland’s Brett Hunter.

Gene Evaro Jr., Handmade Moments, Brett Hunter
April 13, 2018
9pm, $17