Wed, November 21, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

$10 Advance Online

This event is 21 and over

Since 1995, DEAD HOT WORKSHOP and the PISTOLEROS have come together on Thanksgiving eve for a 'Family' rock show... Join us yet again this year as we celebrate 23 Years of gret music, old friends and our funny family!!

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Tempe, AZ-based singer/songwriter Brent Babb joined with drummer/bandleader Curtis Grippe to form the guitar-driven rock band Dead Hot Workshop in the early '90s. More than a decade (and four albums) later, the group remained one of the hardest-hitting bands on the West Coast. According to Roger Clyne of L.A.-based band the Peacemakers, "Music people in this city get as excited about what Brent Babb does as people did about what Dylan was doing in the '60s."

While their early sound centered on the two-guitar attack of Babb and Steve Larson and Babb's working-class-oriented lyrics, Dead Hot Workshop was forced to reorganize following the departure of Larson in June 1997. They recorded their second album, Karma Covered Apple, as a trio.

Dead Hot Workshop continued to shift personnel. When Brian Scott left in June 1998, he was replaced by ex-Dialectis bassist Steve Flores, and second guitarist Chris "Whitey" Whitehouse, formerly of the Satellites, was added
Banana Gun shows are an event, not just a few guys and a girl strapping on their instruments to wank through a set. They do exactly what you want a band to do on stage: Lay it all out. No Bullshit. No hustle. Their set lists often include only the instructions: “just the hitters, no quitters.”

Banana Gun’s sound is described as bluesy, jammy, eclectic, and jazzy. But, we all know that “jazzy” is a catch-all musical term too many music critics use when they don’t know how to describe a band that incorporates so many influences. Releasing their eponymous 'Banana Gun' in 2010 and then 'The Elephant in the Room' in 2012 (which was voted Top Ten Digital Download of 2012 by Amazon Music Editors), Banana Gun then toured the Southwest and California before releasing their latest album 'Love.Instinct' in March 2014. Their most recent EP, 'I and the Me' was recorded and released December 2014 as part of their five year anniversary.

Banana Gun is one of those bands that lay everything on the line for each other. Writing, recording, or playing live, they do it for each other and hopefully you’re lucky enough to be there to see it.
Pistoleros started out as Mill Avenue mainstays, The Chimeras. The legendary Doug Hopkins - formerly of the Gin Blossoms - formed the group with Mark and Lawrence Zubia, Scott Andrews and Mark Riggs. The Chimeras quickly exploded on the local scene, but Riggs and Hopkins departed the group soon after.

Ultimately, Thomas Laufenberg and Gary Smith replaced Hopkins and Riggs and the crew forged onward landing major label deals with Hollywood Records and EMI Publishing. Changing its moniker to The Pistoleros, the group released its Hollywood effort, "Hang on to Nothing", which included the single "My Guardian Angel", written by Hopkins and Mark Zubia. "Hang on to Nothing" also featured songwriting collaborations with The Jayhawks' Gary Louris and Mark Perlman, Radney Foster and The Smithereens' Pat DiNizio.

The Pistoleros furthered their recorded legacy with a self-titled effort which included co-writes with Jesse Valenzuela of the Gin Blossoms and producer Marty Frederickson.

The guys marked their 10th anniversary with the concert collection "Bars and Guitars". In 2012, to celebrate 20 years together, they re-released their first LP "Mistaken for Granted".

In 2014, Pistoleros signed with Fervor Records. January of '15 marked the Fervor release of “Shine”.

By early 2017, Mark Riggs re-joined the band. Upon Riggs’ return, the group settled in to the studio to record a second release for Fervor.

The band is playing shows, rehearsing, writing and excited to release their sixth LP in the fall of 2017.
TRUCKERS ON SPEED has been delivering unfiltered rock’n’roll to the southwest for nearly 15 years. Consisting of the gritty vocals and guitar of Dave Wolfmeyer, the rock-solid low end of Brett Sixel on bass and the soaring-yet-tasteful lead guitar work of Chad Hines.

Truckers On Speed are a band whose live shows must be experienced in person to be believed. The Mesa Legend writes, “Truckers On Speed has more than a following, they have a cult… The band’s live performances are some of the best to ever grace the stages of Tempe”. TOS has had the honor to have shared the stage with various major artists including Hank III, Alice Cooper, The Supersuckers, BR-549, The Mother Truckers, David Allan Coe, and many others. Their previous releases titled No Sense In Runnin’ (2000) and Somebody Somewhere (2002) are available worldwide on iTunes. Truckers On Speed recently released their highly anticipated 3rd record titled To Fall Seven Times in October 25th, 2008. To Fall Seven Times is also available worldwide on iTunes.

Truckers On Speed have maintained their presence in the Valley music scene by delivering consistent, uncompromising rock’n’roll with a twist of twang to their fans.
“I’ll be Ms. Lindy and you will be the Dusty Rambler’s”. That’s how it all started somewhere around 2013. Lindy Hamilton, an 8 year old country/bluegrass singer was sitting in with longtime friends and guitar players Mark McDowell and Ted Brown at a gig they were playing.

Free range, organic music was the general rule, and now the moniker of The Dusty Rambler’s Project. Thursday night jams is where it all began, as free range and organic as you can get. Started by two middle-aged guys with a passion for good music and guitars, the rotating door of great musicians and singers brought in by McDowell narrowed down. What emerged were some creative and fun originals with a perfect blend of blues, bluegrass, swing and rock covers with Mark and Ted in the lead and a core of backing musicians. The Dusty Rambler’s write songs about some of the most fun and obvious things in life… tie dye shirts, old cars, dressing up, and life experiences.

Before the Dusty Ramblers project there was just Mark and Ted. Coming from different lifestyle backgrounds and band history and crossing paths over the years, they finally started jamming together in May of 2013 and became good friends with mutual music interests. It didn’t take long till both started crafting original songs about love, cars, and their ramblings. As the Thursday night organic jams evolved, Mark and Ted’s originals began to shine. The core of the players narrowed down to make The Dusty Rambler’s project, now a solid 5 piece band with rich and diverse musical histories.

Singer songwriter, guitarist Mark McDowell has been playing guitar since age ten and writing songs since 1979. Also a local, accredited artist he has been busy in many aspects of art and music throughout the valley for 35 years.

Singer songwriter, guitarist Ted Brown has been playing guitar and writing songs since 1977. Ted still plays his same guitar from 1967 and has crafted some of his best songs on that very guitar.

Bass player Rod Dickinson has been playing bass, guitar and pedal steel since 1975. A music educator and an experienced performer Rod’s vast experience was crucial to helping get the core of Dusty Rambler’s focused and not to be quite so “organic”.

Violin, bass and fiddle player Max Rowles has been playing those and many other instruments since childhood. An educated musician like Rod, Max’s knowledge and experience brings some of the most tasty licks and riffs to the songs.

Drums and percussion player Gary Smith has been playing drums around the Tempe, Phoenix area for 25 years with some of the valleys veteran bands. The Pistoleros, Los Guys and many more.

This unique mix of material and musicians has even The Dusty Rambler’s excited to play their material out and about. On the scene since 2016, gigs and momentum continue for the Dusty Rambler’s into 2017. An album of their unique mix of songs about life, paisley covered materialistic items and a cast of characters is in the works and should be out in late 2017 or the early part of 2018. Check them out on Facebook for show dates and other news... and keep an eye out for The Dusty Rambler’s Project.

The Ramblers look forward to the bigger stage where they can add some musical family and friends to roam free range… shaking it up.
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