Sat 11/14 @ 9PM
The Flamin’ Groovies, formed in San Francisco in 1965, are one of those legendary cult bands that power pop fans love to love.
The cult kicked into gear when the group released its 1969 debut, Supersnazz, with its spirited, tuneful ’50s infused pop/rock — everything that wasn’t in style in that era of dense, rambling experimental rock. They released a series of critically adored albums but commercially unsuccessful album in the ’70s and limped through the ’80s before throwing in the towel in 1992. They’ve had sporadic reunions since, led by one of the band’s founding members, guitarist/vocalist Cyril Jordan. Bassist/harmonica player, George Alexander, who had joined the band by the time they made Supersnazz, is also in the current version.
But there’s another reason to go to their show at the Beachland Ballroom. The opening act is Cincinnati’s wonderful Wussy, featuring the distaff vocals and songwriting of Chuck Cleaver and Lisa Walker. The 15-year old quintet, which describes itself as “bridging the gap between The Band and Sonic Youth,” released an EP earlier this year called Public Domain Vol. I on which they reworked traditional American folk tunes. They’re currently working on a new album of their own material, their 7th, which we can probably expect in 2016.
DJs Alright of Cleveland and Jimmy Carl Black of Columbus will spin R&B, soul and garage vinyl before and between sets.
General admission tickets are $25; VIP, which includes a meet-and-greet, is $50.
[Wussy photo by Michael Wilson]