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Sunday, Sep. 04, 2016

The Flamin' Groovies and The Rebel Set

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Yeah, I can't believe it either. The Flamin' Groovies are coming to the Rhythm Room! The story of The Flamin' Groovies begins back in 1965 when the band began as The Chosen Few in their hometown of San Francisco, California. The band was founded by Cyril Jordan and Roy Loney, both on guitar and vocals. Their first release was the 1968 EP Sneakers, followed by their first full-length album in 1969 by the name of Supersnazz. The Flamin' Groovies style of music influenced punk rock but may have had an even more profound influence on the power pop genre. This truly became evident on their third album Teenage Head, a disc that was released in 1971 and is listed in the 2006 book "1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die". Roy Loney left the band after that album was released and the band soldiered on, bringing the power pop more to the forefront. They put out a total of eight albums and five EPs before calling it quits in 1992.

There were two brief reunions in 2004 and 2008, but the big one came five years later in 2013 when the line-up of Cyril Jordan, Chris Wilson on guitar and vocals (the member that originally replaced Roy Loney) and George Alexander on bass, harmonica and vocals played for the first time together since 1981. The formula worked and this line-up with the addition of Victor Penalosa on drums has played together ever since. What is even more amazing is to celebrate their FIFTIETH anniversary The Flamin' Groovies released a 7-inch vinyl single entitled "Crazy Macy" on Record Store Day, April 16, 2016. Yes, that is new material from the band! This is one of those rare chances to see a true legend folks!

To get the evening rolling The Rebel Set from Phoenix will be onstage delivering a rip, roaring set of high octane garage rock. The band meshes together early sixties punk, surf, and psych to create their sound. Check out their 2014 album How To Make A Monster! for now and standy by for a new EP later this year! 21+ show


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