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San Diego, CA
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ELECTRIC FRANKENSTEIN - 20 years, over 100 record releases, and more! EF has almost single-handedly returned rock to its most basic and savage roots, the way it was meant to be. They have been receiving international acclaim for their exciting brand of Punk Rock and Roll, done with the great intensity of such bands as the Stooges, MC5, Dead Boys, NY Dolls, Damned, Black Flag, Misfits, AC/DC, Kiss, Cheap Trick, Aerosmith, etc. In addition to playing the most dynamic, ravenous, and menacing rock you've ever heard, EF recognizes the importance of integrity. From giving proper nods to the architects of street-level rock (Iggy and the Stooges, Dead Boys, AC/DC), to fiercely supporting DIY labels to their constant efforts to put fans first ahead of profit, EF is championing the cause to bring Rock back to the people and out of the hands of corporations. EF aren't young or pretty, and in case you haven't noticed neither is Real Rock & Roll. EF aren't here to be your girlfriend, they're here to ROCK! While stupid critics might say 'but, it's only rock n roll, its nothing new', EF fans are saying "Damn, right!" as they embrace the best of what's loud, fast, and rules from the last 30 years distilled down to one single organism. EF are one a mission to revitalize Rock & Roll and save people from the boredom of "alternative music". EF shows are intense, exciting, and inspiring.

DEADBEAT VULTURES are a Rock and Roll outfit who must be seen in action. With roots in Soul, Rockabilly and hoodlum swing, these young men have found "The Key" and want to let you in on it: Playing loud. Making friends. At the wheel, Elliot Maldonado's guitar sings truth. Shards of chiming tone set a perilous, shimmering pace. Heat is delivered by Mitch Cruz. His simmering rhythms laid above, pounded below and graced in between. Beats everywhere, like the nervous heart of "The Troublemaker" -- sheltering in the darkness of a doorway, cigarette, collar high, shoulders hunched, burning. And there are words. A glaring squint from the shadow, these eyes miss nothing. A voice snarls of things seen, battles won, hearts sieged, and knuckles and jaws cracked. Donny makes the Stand Up Bass rock a tremendous rumble, lacing it all together with a swinging bass line in deep-blue. A bass line so thick it's a rope. A blue so deep it's indigo. The music is action-plus. The songs build, build, build with bullying approach, holding formation until the lid blows on the whole dang situation. The players now unleashed, Deadbeat Vultures come at you with inexorable force -- dazzling, ecstatic solos, bass riffs blown hearty and hot, and pummeling percussion puts the cream on the pudding. Deadbeat Vultures will make you move. They'll make everyone on the dance floor shake and bang. And with all these bodies knocking about, you're going to get roughed up good. The whole goof of it is you'll be delighted, dazzled, charmed by the process. This organization cooks with soul. These are bruises you will dig. Leite Preto

Drawing inspiration from the gloomy climate of the Pacific Northwest, The SAWYER FAMILY are, at once, steeped in mythology and darkness, and eerily real.  Originally formed in 2001 in Eugene, Oregon, the band has continuously evolved in the decade since, writing darker, heavier material, but still retaining the flairs of melody and harmony their fans came to expect from them.  Their first release, the "Scary as Hell" EP, dropped them squarely into the roots rock scene of the Northwest.  This batch of songs, along with their full length follow-up, "The Sawyer Family Album," solidified their reputation as purveyors of swampy, creepy rock and roll and got them gigs with bands such as The Red Elvises, The KoffinKats, The Blasters, and Dick Dale.  Still confined primarily to the West Coast, they continued writing, putting more and more distance between the rootsy sound of their beginnings and their new direction of melodic metal with a dark tinge of humor. The release of their second full length album, "Why Did God Create The Sawyer Family," brought them critical acclaim as well as a demand to venture further into the country.  They began working relentlessly, setting up tours and writing the next album.  Their energetic live show, along with constant new material, made almost every show different, and it wasn't long before they were ready to record the next album, "The Burning Times."  With this release, they began to show their refined dark side. Sometimes slow, sometimes blindingly fast, but always melodic and orchestrated, "The Burning Times" set The Sawyer Family apart from their past as a straightforward rock group.  They soon sold about 2000 hard copies and countless digital downloads while independently traveling around the country, appealing to punk rock, metal, and roots rock fans alike.  It was not long before they had visited nearly every state playing over 400 shows since 2009, from dive bars to festivals.  As they have refined their ever evolving, sometimes unpredictable, songwriting, they've left a burgeoning fanbase wanting more all around the United States.  The music is sometimes compared to Queens of the Stone Age, Mr. Bungle, early Metallica, and Corrosion of Conformity and, while these are all influences, there is still great variety in the songwriting with nods to fifties doo-wop, surf, and early punk rock.  In many ways, their fearless songwriting and refusal to be pigeon-holed in one genre has become the Sawyer Family's trademark and what their fans have come to expect from a show, whether they are sharing the stage with Mondo Generator or The Cherry Poppin' Daddies one night, to The Goddamn Gallows and Joe Buck the next. The sure thing, however, is their vintage feel in today's era of electronic music; drums, guitars, and bass.

"Listen up stupid cause we've been here for years" are the first line of lyrics in the song "Big Buck Huntin'" and I don't think it could have been stated better. BIG BUCK HUNTER and The PROS have been spreading their combination of southern charm and white trash gospel across this great land of ours for years (about ten to be exact). Starting out as a quartet made up of life long friends Wyatt Powers, Dick Seas, Ray Cyst and Buck Hunter The Pros set out to make their mark on this musical roadmap to a hell called rock and roll. Born and bread in the dead center in the buckle of the bible belt, Buck and the Pros terrorized the USA with fierce live performances and controversial shows making a reputation for themselves as "the band you don't want to find yourself alone in the woods with". Of course the hard livin' and big rockin wasn't for everyone and in 2002 Ray left the band to pursue a career as a chainsaw artist (he makes sculptures of bison and bears out of tree trunks) leaving the band to carry on as a Power Trio. Hailed by most as the common mans band they sing about topics as diverse as women, booze, cars, hunting (of course) and just plain blowin off steam and havin fun. As Buck put it in an interview "we would rather have a (pabst) blue ribbon than a gold medal any day".



The Shakedown Bar (View)
3048 Midway Drive
San Diego, CA 92110
United States

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Music > Punk
Music > Rock

Minimum Age: 21
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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