The last Backyard Concert of the season at Wine Country Radio in Santa Rosa was packed to capacity for Los Straitjackets and Marshall Crenshaw. Colorful and fun were the descriptive words that come to mind for this gig! High octane energy, fueled the backyard at the radio station to nearly 500 attendees. Opening was R.J. Bloke a singer songwriter from Boston, MA. RJ Bloke aka Jay Souza is a singer-songwriter for roots rock, alt-country genre. His mother is the great granddaughter of Irish poet William Butler Yeats. He now lives in LA, with his wife and dog, and he's touring with Crenshaw and Los Straitjackets at the moment.
Marshall Crenshaw playing with the 'colorful' masked band, Los Straitjackets were the headliners in this last concert thrown by The Krush radio station. Resulting in a brilliant combination of insanely good music and tons of fun for the people who came out to enjoy this last summer concert at the station, of 2017.
Early on, Marshall Crenshaw got a break in his career, playing John Lennon in a touring company of the Broadway musical Beatlemania. He began his recording career with the popular indie single “Something’s Gonna Happen.” His growing notoriety in his adopted hometown of New York City helped to win Crenshaw a deal with Warner Bros. Records, which released his self-titled 1982 debut album. Crenshaw has released 13 albums since then. And although he lives in New York, there has been a few places that has been very kind to him, one city that he mentioned was Chicago. WXRT, my favorite station plays Marshall Crenshaw often. Crenshaw’s songs have been covered by a vast array of performers, including Bette Midler, Kelly Willis, Robert Gordon, Ronnie Spector, Marti Jones and the Gin Blossoms, with whom Crenshaw co-wrote the Top 10 single “Til I Hear It From You.” He’s also provided music for several film soundtracks, appeared in the films La Bamba (in which he portrayed Buddy Holly) and Peggy Sue Got Married, and was nominated for Grammy and a Golden Globe awards for writing the title track for the film comedy Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. Since 2011, Crenshaw has hosted his own radio show, on New York’s WFUV.
Los Straitjackets are a four/five piece masked, and insanely good surf instrumental band. They have fifteen collaboration albums and 14+ studio albums. They've played with Nick Lowe, Southern Culture on the Skids, The Fleshtones, and Deke Dickerson to name a few. They also recorded two albums of music for television and commercial use, and their work is often heard as background music on radio and television shows. The Straitjackets have cool glittery matching guitars and wear colorful masks during the show. The show is choreographed and entertaining. This evening at the radio station they played with Marshall Crenshaw. Great combination going back and forth between Crenshaws' tunes and Los Straitjackets. Tonights show was the brain child of Big Dave and his Rockabilly Roadhouse radio show, airing Saturday mornings 9a-11a on KRSH in Sonoma County, 95.9. These bands were a perfect last summer hurrah, great gig. Everyone in the backyard left with a smile!