Christmas Caravan w/ Cash O'Riley and the Downright Daddies & Rio and the Rockabilly Revival, December 21, 2013 - Aware Shelter donations accepted!
IT'S THE CHRISTMAS CARAVAN TOUR!
Cash O'Riley and the Downright Daddies & Rio and the Rockabilly Revival of Detroit bring their holiday traditions of hard-rockin'-and-rollin' roots-music celebration to the Foundry; and spread some holiday cheer by supporting the Aware Shelter of Jackson, MI. Join us for a night of marathon rockin', runaway train of rockabilly and soul music with this amazing double bill featuring two of the most energetic and fun bands the Midwest has to offer during their first ever holiday tour together. Be ready to ring in the holidays with plenty of sweat, swagger, and roof-raising soul for two full concerts, back to back, with these great bands!
In keeping with the holidays, Cash and Rio are teaming up with the Aware Shelter of Jackson, MI, to help bring awareness of the good that they do for the community, and asks everyone to make a donation to the the Aware Shelter. They accept almost ANY donation - from cash to clothes to non-perishable food items to baby bottles to coffee to antacids to pens to bus tickets - you name it! Please, drop off your donation at the shelter or at 706 W. Michigan Ave, Jackson, MI 43204, or bring them with you to the show at the Foundry where Aware will have representative accepting donations. For more information, call 517.783.1638 extension 126 for more information.
CASH O'RILEY AND THE DOWNRIGHT DADDIES:
Cash O'Riley is a Jackson boy, born and bred. This recent review from 360 Main Street's website says it all:
"Musician Cash O'Riley describes what people can expect from one of his shows: Good ol' American Roots, Rock-n-Roll, Jump Blues, Honky Tonk, Punk, Swing, Bluegrass, Jazz. "It's got it all," he explains. "It's derived from everything I grew up on and listen to now."
Cash has been playing music since he could walk. "Maybe before," he laughs. Born into a family where everyone played an instrument of some sort, it was natural to him. "It was just what you did."
Since that modest beginning, Cash has gotten to eat dinner and talk about Elvis with Wanda Jackson when he opened for her in Cleveland, he's opened for Jerry Lee Lewis in Green Bay, and he was invited to the Rockabilly Hall of Fame induction for Ricky Nelson in Memphis where he played old tunes backstage with Barbara Pittman and W.S. Holland. He's toured from New York to L.A., played the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender this past spring and will return there next spring, and he plays regularly in Mid-Michigan. But when asked what his favorite show has been, he doesn't have an answer. "I love every show I do. I am one of the luckiest people alive because I get to do what I love for a living. Every show is my favorite. No matter where I'm playing ... I'm getting to play."
Next year, Cash O'Riley and the DownRight Daddies will have their tenth anniversary as a band. They have previously released two albums, 2002's Booze, Lust, Lies and Heartaches...Tales of Steppin' Off the Rural Route and 2006's Get Lucky, Break Down or Die. The current line-up of the DownRight Daddies has Rayce Ribble of Saginaw on the upright bass and Joseph Simpson of Lapeer on drums. Cash says playing with Ribble and Simpson is always fun. "I really dig this line-up. We have a lot of energy together on stage and have a great time. Every one of us just loves music and loves playing." In the next few months, they will be heading into the studio to record three new CDs: "A new full length original, a concept EP, and for fun, I'm doing a Christmas album for the kiddies' stockings this year," Cash grins.
But before the release of those albums, fans can look forward to an all day music festival hosted by Cash and the DownRight Daddies. Through the years, Cash has formed a friendship with Bo White, owner of White's Bar, which has resulted in Bo trusting Cash with the bar for a day. O'Riley's Music Carnival began three years ago as the Michigan Music Stash, and it has grown into quite the event. This year's show includes thirteen bands from across the state, vendors, barbecue, a caricature artist, and games, including a dunk tank. Cash says, "It's going to have an old timey carnival feel to it."
While life appears to be all fun and games for Cash, he does admit to one downfall to this lifestyle: "You can't play rock and roll and go to heaven." Then again, that still does sound like a lot of fun." -Gina Myers, 360 Main Street
RIO AND THE ROCKABILLY REVIVAL:
Rio Scafone is the spitfire force of nature front woman of Rio and the Rockabilly Revival, and the niece of rockabilly legend, Jack Scott. She keeps up the family tradition by serving up some of Detroit's best roots rockabilly, rhythm and soul music. With her band, the Rockabilly Revival, her shows have been described as "Little Richard meets Lady Gaga," and her stage presence as "an evangelical-satanic dervish!"
But don't take my word for it, here is what Detroit's MetroTimes had to say about their show:
"(Jack) Scott's niece is Rio Scafone. The mother, actress and, most significantly, singer, is striking and sexy.
She's standing behind the stage at the Orchid nightclub in Ferndale an hour before showtime, ready in red-and-white polka-dot, flower in her hair, blood-red lipstick. The venue's already filling up with a decidedly mixed crowd; elderly folk mingle with some of Ferndale's multihued transvestites, punks rub shoulders with the conventionally dressed, all to see Rio & the Rockabilly Revival, Scafone's very rehearsed, yet incredibly primal, rockabilly show.
"We have over 100 years of experience on stage combined, so it's a real tight, tuned band," Scafone says of her group, which has been together for nine months. "The response that we've gotten in such a short amount of time is amazing but I'm enjoying it."
You only have to see Scafone perform for a minute to know she has that look in her eye, as if all she is doing is all that matters at that very moment. The live show exhilarates.
Whole thing starts with a video of preachers condemning rock 'n' roll and Christian DJs smashing rock records. Then Scafone's on stage, twisting, gyrating and owning every inch like some sort of possessed, evangelical-satanic dervish. It's at once nostalgic performance art, killer show band and a rock 'n' roll wonder.
Scafone's a living argument in favor of the idea that rock 'n' roll is in the genes. In some ways, at least on cursory glance, Scafone's conventional in a womanly, Italian-American way, brimming with sensuality and, as she says, a fiery temper if she doesn't get her perfectionist way.
But that tie to music is impossible to not recognize.
"My earliest memories are of singing with Uncle Jack down in my grandmother's basement. He lived at my grandmother's, and for years and years we would just sing. That's all I knew. Uncle Jack and my huge Italian family. Music was always a part of it pasta, meatballs and music. It wasn't like it was particularly cool back then. It was just Uncle Jack. We were raised on all kinds of stuff, from Johnny Cash and rock 'n' roll. I wouldn't say I was a fan, it was just what we did."
What's funny is Scafone only recently connected with her rockabilly roots for performance. Before that, she was singing pop.
"I've been a lifelong vocalist, and I've had record deal offers for different kind of music like pop. The last one was Warner Bros. They wanted a lot of pop-fluff type stuff, and that just wasn't me. At the same time, I've been a professional actress, so I've done movies, television and all of that. I would take time off from music to do acting, then I would come back, and I would go back and forth."
Rio has appeared in some notable shot-in-Detroit shows and movies. "I was in Hung, Detroit 187 I was a recurring character before it was unfortunately canceled. I've done Hallmark movies, commercials, Gran Torino, Whip It lots of stuff," Scafone says. "It's my profession, but it's hard to do both at the same time. So I've taken a step back from the acting and come back to the music. I knew that I wanted to start something in town and rockabilly was a natural fit.
"What I love about it is the simplicity," she continues. "It's raw, and it's about the human experience. It's not very produced. You go on that stage and whatever it is, it is. It's all about the emotional side of it, and bringing that out the grittiness and rawness. People really respond. I see it from all walks."
It's the kind of grittiness and rawness that doesn't exactly mirror the venues in which she performs this Detroiter says her show's better suited to the nightclubs than the dive bars of Corktown and Hamtramck. "We do things a little bit differently because we're a show. We don't come in and play three hours. We come in and say, this is how much you pay to have us here. If you pay for it, we play an hour-and-a-half to an hour-and-45 minutes, and you get the full show."
Scafone has an EP available, The Midnight Rebel Sessions, though it was recorded as a demo and released pretty much by accident. "I wanted to get an idea for myself about what I wanted to change, what direction I wanted to go in," Scafone says. "We recorded on a single mic in my house. Ridiculous equipment. You can probably hear my dog bark if you listen hard enough. We shared it with a filtered group of people on Facebook, just to get feedback. I didn't know how people would respond, and they responded really well. Now, it's getting play on rockabilly radio everywhere, including in the U.K. It's on CD Baby and iTunes. But I have a lot of fans in the U.K., and that's really important because it's kind of the holy land for rockabilly. They take it really seriously. At first, I was so pissed that the demo got out. I was sick to my stomach, because I'm a perfectionist. When I found out that it had gone beyond what I thought, it wasn't pretty for me.
When I finally started to look into what it was that people liked, it was because it was raw, and it wasn't overproduced."
Scafone's bass player, Junebug Harris, walks in and ties a bow around the conversation: "Imelda May does rockabilly, but by the end of her show she's not a sweaty mess. We all are. We know that a higher level is expected of us simply because of where we were born, and our connections to the old school through Jack."
He's right." - Brett Callwood, The MetroTimes
The Foundry Nightclub (View)
216 Francis St.
Jackson, MI 49201
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|