Shows Of 2015

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Another year of shows has come and gone and for me, it was a lot like last year. I went to 15 shows, saw 35 different bands / performers and all of the shows were at “Wally’s House Of Booze” here in Wenatchee WA.

Once again “Ando” of “Snatchee Records” used his booking powers to bring quite an assortment of performers to “Wally’s” from acoustic nights to punker mayhem to legends to country flare, hell he even brought in a puppet show.

For me, the highlights were as follows.

There were returning touring bands once again as “Calabrese” from Arizona made their second appearance.

And “The Independents” made their third trip out from South Carolina.

There were some punker legends such as “MDC” from Austin who have been doing this since 1982.

And punker legend “The Freeze” with vocalist “Clif Hanger” from Boston has been doing this since 1978. “The Freeze” apparently enjoyed playing “Wally’s” as they posted the following on their page after the show.

“Wally’s house of booze to my surprise was this really great little pub in a small town in north central WA. Was a great night to have for end of mini tour! Thanks Snatchee Records and Ando for having us. Here’s a clip. Everyone was singing along . Good times.”

Psychobilly, being my favorite genre, was well represented as “The Creepshow” from Toronto stopped by…….

…..and so did “The Rocketz” as they stopped by for my birthday, which was very cool……….

……and brought with them “Enemy Proof”

Another favorite, from Boston, was “OC45”.

There was from “Fat Wreck Chords” of San Francisco, “Toy Guitar” who, after playing “Wally’s” did some heavy touring across the states and over into Japan.

I mentioned a puppet show. Well we had “Green Jello” perform at “Wally’s”, now that was an interesting show.

Puget Sound was well represented by “Dreadful Children”…..

……”Ten Pole Drunk”, “Guns Of Nevada”, “Psycho 78″……..

……”13 Scars”. “Regional Faction”, “Phasers On Kill”……..

……..”Neutralboy”, “Mike Moen” and “Omega Moo”.

Portland came through being represented by “Ninja’s with Syringas” and “The Brass”.

The long distance touring performer goes to “Jonezy” as he came over from England……..

……and opened for “The Staxx Brothers”.

The locals will also well represented with “Virgin Thorn”, “Rich And Rare Rebels”, “Hate Team”……..

…….”F-Bombs”, “Past Tense Of Draw” and “Not All There”.

It was a great year for shows. Getting a chance to see some of my favorites, ones that I would have gone to Seattle to see, but luckily for me, Ando brought them to Wenatchee. Excited to see who he brings in during 2016. I’ve got my wish list. Who do you want to come to “Wally’s”?

The Creepshow At Wally’s…..The Show

It was a Sunday, usually an off night, but then “The Creepshow” came to “Wally’s House Of Booze”.

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“The Creepshow”, from Toronto are in the midst of their 10th anniversary tour. The psychobilly bands current line up consists of “Sickboy McNab” on upright bass and vocals, “Kenda” on vocals and guitar, “Sandro Sanchioni” on drums, “Reverend McGinty” on keys and vocals and “Chuck” on other guitar and vocals.

They played a good variety of tunes during their 70 minute set starting with “Demon Lover”…..

…..and ending with a double oncore of “Creature Of The Night” followed by “Buried Alive.” After “Buried Alive”, “Kenda” was having such a good time she said “I don’t want to leave.” (3:30 mark)

When they played “Devil’s Son”, “Kenda” seemed a bit surprised that so many of the audience knew the lyrics and sang part of the song to her (2:15 mark)

They threw in an old fashion drum solo half way through “Grave Diggers” as if “Sanchioni” doesn’t drum hard enough already. Great job by the way.

My favorite song of the evening was “Hell Bound” where I like the ending line.

I always like how the bands at “Wally’s” usually run their own merch tables so you get a chance to meet and greet as I had a chance to meet with “Reverend McGinty”…..sweet.

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For me, of all the shows I’ve been to at Wally’s over the years, this one is definitely in the top two. Even though it was on a Sunday night, there was a good size, happy partin’ crowd. It was obvious that “The Creepshow” was having just as much fun as the crowd and I really think they were a bit surprised as to how great the crowd was and how well the show went. I’m hoping they’ll be back.

Follow the link if you’d like to see more video’s of “The Creepshow” playing at “Wally’s House Of Booze” in Wenatchee WA. https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=the+creepshow+trshorte+wallys

Side note: big news at “Wally’s”…..NEW CARPET!

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Go to a show….you know you want to.

Dreadful Children at Wally’s

There’s always dreadful children at “Wally’s” but this time around it included “Dreadful Children” from Seattle.

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“Dreadful Children” is now a five piece (I’ve seen them as a three piece and a four piece) from Seattle playing good ol’ punker rock and roll. The current line up consists of “Shane Forsberg” on guitar, “Lonny Bristle” on lead vocals and guitar, “Johnny Mischief” on slappin’ bass and vocals, “Kevin Labarre” on drums and “Lizzie Franks” on vocals. They’ve been around for quite a few years but this was their first time playing “Wally’s”, matter of fact, it was their first time playing Wenatchee. They have a new album coming out so a lot of the material was from that plus they played numerous old favorites.

They started the evening off with “America / Kimi Cutthroat”…..

…..and ended the evening with their classic “Pink Elephants On Parade”.

In between, they played what appeared to be a favorite of their’s “Shimmy Wiggle”

One of the newer songs that I wasn’t familiar with was “He’s A Modern Dionysus”.

One of my favorite songs is “Dot To Dot”. This is an interesting version that included the new lyric “I need a cable” and it ended with impromptu guitar. Also during this song, I’m amazed at the bitch slap beating that Johnny’s bass takes but keeps on thumpin'”

It was a great night. I’m really glad “Dreadful Children” finally made it to Wenatchee and Lonny says they are planning more trips this way in the future. I highly recommend checking these guys out when they return.

If you’d like to see more video’s of “Dreadful Children” playing “Wally’s House Of Booze” in Wenatchee Wa, follow the link: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=dreadful+children+wallys+trshorte

Go to a show…..you know you want to.

Wally’s Weekend Triple Header!!

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Three days, three shows, three bands per show all this weekend at “Wally’s House Of Booze” presented by “Snatchee Records”.

Day one, Friday May 1st from Tacoma will be “13 Scars”…..

…..and from Seattle will be “Dreadful Children” (real excited these guys are finally coming to Wenatchee)…..

…..and opening the show are local favorites “Rich And Rare Rebels”!

Day two, Saturday May 2nd from Denver CO is “Party Like Thieves”…..

http://partylikethieves.bandcamp.com/album/the-two-eps

…..and from Wyoming are “Poor Me”…..

http://poorme.bandcamp.com/album/readymade

…..and opening is “Bip Jeffers”

https://bipjeffers.bandcamp.com/album/under-the-covers-with-bip-and-no-others

And day three, Sunday the 3rd from Toronto it’s “The Creepshow”!!!!…..

…..and opening will be local favorites “Rich And Rare Rebels” plus “Not All There”….

All shows start preciously at 9:30ish, are 21+ and are just a $5 cover. Get your favorite adult beverage from the fabulous Brittni and Emily. Gonna be a punking good weekend.

Go to a show….you know you want to.

HAPPY APPLE BLOSSOM!!!

OC45 At Wally’s

Last Saturday “OC45” played “Wally’s House Of Booze” here in Wenatchee WA and they just plain…..NAILED IT!

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This four piece from Boston was formed in 2011 and consists of Nick Tanzi – Bass/Vocals, Derek Rossi – Guitar/Vocals, Adam Femino – Guitar/Vocals and new kid Aaron Vaughn on drums. They have one LP and two EP’s the their credit and played many a song from their collection starting the evening with “Robbery”….

….and ending with “Heads Up” (well second to the end)

In the midst of the set they threw in a cover. This particular cover seems to be the cover of choice these days but it’s a great song.

All through the night the band showed off their “mic dodging skills” as evident here of Adam Femino doing a great avoidance job at the :10 mark of my favorite song “Strong Coffee”.

And Derek dodged one so hard that it unplugged his guitar at the 3:58 mark.

Mic dodging, a punk activity.

The band has about another six weeks left to go on this tour. I for one hope that they return to Wenatchee sometime in the near future and from the reaction of the crowd through out the evening, a return of “OC45” would be very welcomed.

Go to a show……you know you want to.

Psycho 78 & Omega Moo-The Show

A punkish good time took place at “Wally’s House Of Booze” on Saturday night as a pair of west side bands returned to Wenatchee to give us a great punker show.

The show was to start at 9:30 as there were three bands on the bill but apparently the local opener had better things to do than honor their commitment to play and didn’t bother showing up, not even a call so “Omega Moo” graciously started early to get things going.

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“Omega Moo” is a four piece surf punker band type from Seattle WA. The band consists of “Snapper” on bass, “Adam” on lead vocals and guitar, “Ian Meek” on keys, vocals and cow suit and on drums “Jack Love”. I saw them when they played “Wally’s” last year….barely. My son got married on the day they played and after the reception I made it to “Wally’s” just in time to catch their last song (I was they guy in the tie with the camera). This time around I got to see the whole show.

They played many a song during their 60 plus minute set including “Wreck This Town”…..

…….and my favorite of the night “Safety Dance” (love cover tunes a la punk)

The headliner for the evening was “Psycho 78” out of Tacoma.

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This three piece, formed in 2005, consists of Mike Waco, vocals and guitar, Jay O’neill, vocals and bass and Davo Sanchez on drums. They have played “Wally’s” a few times in the past but for me, this was my first time and their style was right up my alley.

I don’t know the name of the songs but the following was my favorite of the evening.

And of course there was a cover.

For me it was a great show. Actually glad the opening band didn’t show up. Got to see two awesome punker bands for a mere $5. Another thing I really like about these punker shows is that afterwards I talked for a few moments with Adam of “Omega Moo” and Mike of “Psycho 78”, they’re just regular guys that are genuinely appreciative that I came to the show and I’m very appreciative that they came over the hill to Wenatchee.

People…..go to a show…..you know you want to.