Thursday – Psychedelic Garage Rock Convergence @ Red Devil Tonight

The Red Devil Lounge will be bopping with psychedelic sounds for a show tonight that a longtime music industry veteran pal of mine says “Is really kind of a big deal”.

The occasion features an amalgamation of madcap musicians who’ve been members of an array of interesting bands, including the 13th Floor Elevators, Flamin’ Groovies, Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Tubes just to name a few.

He’s most thrilled that opening the bill is a folksy freak legend of sorts now living in Berkeley, a guy played with Roky Erikson in the 13th Floor Elevators, and brought Janis Joplin her hit “Bye Bye Baby”. That would be Powell St. John, who’ll ably open the show followed by vet rocker act Magic Christian, and a new group of young Amoeba Records employees fronted by infamous tambourine man Joel Gion of the aforementioned Brian Jonestown Massacre called The Dilettantes…

mp3 sample tracks, links, pix and a lil bit more background after the jump…

It’s a rare sort of convergence of some knowledgable performers who bring a wealth of background to the stage…

That old sorta hippie looking dude is Powell St. John

span >He’ll be performing with the members of Roky Erikson’s band The Aliens, including Billy Miller on electric autoharp and Duane Aslaksen on
guitar, together with drummer Fuzzy John. Expect some killer
versions of Elevators classics, Can you say “Two Headed Dog”.
Whatever you say , don’t let it be “You’re Gonna Miss Me”…

excerpt of a track from

Powell St. John – Bye Bye Baby ( a tune he wrote made famous by Janis Joplin)

Next are The Magic Christian which is Flamin’ Groovie frontman Cyril Jordan’s current band featuring drummer about town Prairie Prince ( ex-Tubes and lately the Todd Rundgren fronted version of the Cars) , plus noted rock musicologist Alec Palao ( producer of Zombies, Nuggets, CCR boxsets) on bass, and mighty melodic & friendly singer dude Paul Kopf. These old guys are more teenager at heart than most teens I meet these days, and have a MySpace page to prove it.

Magic Christian – I Can See For Miles (Who cover…duh!)

Magic Christian – No Time To Cry

Those in the know, with stamina for the nightlife are gonna dig The Dilettantes, those who might dig it the most are fans of the movie DIG! That’s right, tambourine man & scene stealer Joel Gion of the Brian Jonestown Massacre is in thisfeisty & freaky new gargantuan garage rawk group with some of his fellow Amoeba Records co workers.

The Dilettantes – What Were You Thinking?

Red Devil Lounge

1695 Polk Street


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