Los Straitjackets, Big Sandy bring surf and rockabilly to The Palms

By From page A7 | September 13, 2012

By Kate Laddish

Los Straitjackets has a well-deserved reputation for zany yet musically spot-on surf music with a twist.

Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys dish up rockabilly and have been inducted to the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.

These two bands are frequent collaborators, and will be appearing in a double bill/CD release show for Los Straitjackets’ “Jet Set” at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16, at The Palms Playhouse, 13 Main St., in Winters. Tickets are $20.

Listening to the surf-inspired music on any of Los Straitjackets’ 12 albums, the images that come to mind are of sunny beaches and happy-go-lucky people calling out buddies to shoot the curl or hang 10 — which makes the mind-bending disconnect with their stage show all the more delicious — surf instrumentals played by guys wearing identical black suits, gold Aztec medallions and custom-made and over-the-top gaudy Mexican wrestling masks who occasionally throw some of their trademark choreography into the mix.

Musically, Los Straitjackets are inventive but rooted, boast a rhythm section that makes it hard to sit still and are an extremely tight-knit unit. Couple the soaring good-time melodies, growling harmonies and propulsive rhythms of Los Straitjackets sound with their larger-than-life stage show and the product is much more than the sum of the seemly-disparate parts. During past shows at The Palms, people bopped along to the music and then spontaneously let loose with a laugh only to then sink back into the music.

On Sunday’s show, Los Straitjackets will be celebrating the very recent release of their 12th album “Jet Set.”

Playing first in this co-bill is Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys. Fronted by Big Sandy’s rich vocals, this six-piece band draws its inspiration from rockabilly and adds in dashes of western swing, R&B, doo-wop, Cajun and old-style country, all of which find a place in their most recent album “Turntable Matinee.” With vintage outfits and ace stage presence, Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys — like Los Straitjackets — clearly know how to put on a show as well as play infectious music.

Tickets for Los Straitjackets and Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys are available at Pacific Ace Hardware in Winters, Armadillo Music in Davis, Watermelon Music’s Woodland branch, and at the door if not sold out. For more information, call 530-795-1825 or visit palmsplayhouse.com, straitjackets.com, and bigsandy.net.

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