Sunday, July 24, 2011

Los Fabulocos and Hillbilly Casino Live In Edmonton 07.23.11

Yesterday my buddy Buzzard and I headed to downtown Edmonton to take in part of The Edmonton Indy festivities. They had some bands playing as part of the Cars and Guitars Music Fest on Rice Howard Way. One of the bands we caught was a band from California called The Los Fabulocos who were making there very first Canadian appearance.

Los Fabulocos are lead by guitarist David "Kid" Ramos whom used to play in the Fabulous Thunderbirds. This guy is an amazing guitar player, playing some awesome solos. The band reminded me of the Los Lobos. Some of their songs were done in spanish much like Los Lobos, they also had Jesse Cuevas on accordian which was also super cool. All and all a tight band playing some wicked blues with spanish overtones. What I would really like to see, is them play a blues bar in town, somewhere like The Commercial or Rusty Reeds House Of Blues, now that would be the place to see these guys. They played an hour set which seemed to go over quite well with the sparse crowd that was there to see them.

After a few beers at the beer tent at the Taste Of Edmonton in Sir Winston Churchill Park, it was back to Rice Howard Way to catch the band Hillbilly Casino from Nashville, Tennessee. Hillbilly Casino are a rockabilly/honkytonk band that rocked the stage big time. I really enjoyed their hour long set as well. They reminded me of The Reverend Horton Heat. Through out their set they through in a few covers, one of them was the Motorhead song "Iron Fist", that sounded awesome rockabilly style, as did Johnny Cash's "Get Rhythm", they also did a Marty Robbins cover. Lead singer Nic Roulette was very talented and entertaining and so full of energy, you couldn't help but get in to the band. Their original songs were great too, good enough, that I picked up a couple of their albums. I hope Hillybilly Casino comes through town again soon, I definitely would go to check them out again. There was a better crowd for these guys then Los Fabulocos, the sun finally coming out may have made a difference in that. All and all, a good time!!!



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