8:00 PM, Doors at 7:30 PM
San Francisco’s Red Meat is one of the pre-eminent honky tonk bands in California. Their original songs have a traditional feel while incorporating excellent harmony singing, terrific musicianship, humorous songs and one of the funniest stage shows we’ve seen in years. Red Meat is fronted by the fearless Smelley Kelly, whose stories have to be heard to be believed, and who has been playing with acoustic guitarist and fiddler Scott Young for over thirty years. Bassist Jill Olson and lead guitarist Michael Montalto were both in San Francisco band The Movie Stars before joining Red Meat many years ago. Les James is a double threat on drums and harmony vocals. Red Meat has shared the stage with their idol Buck Owens and many other national acts, and frequently serve as rockabilly legend Wanda Jackson’s West Coast backing band. Americana great and Palms favorite Dave Alvin has produced three of their albums.
Red Meat will once again be joined by The Nickel Slots, a three-time Sammie-award-winning Sacramento band that draws the line connecting Johnny Cash to The Clash. With influence from early roots Americana music and a touch of rebellious 1970s punk, The Nickel Slots will win you over with their energy and charm. Lead singer, songwriter, and acoustic guitarist Tony Brusca (former frontman of The Brodys), with bassist and mandolin player Paul Zinn, drummer Christopher Amaral, and electric guitarist Steve Amaral, deliver twangy and foot-stomping originals.