Rouge Et Noir: An Exhibition of the Honky Tonk Arts with Red Meat and Maurice Tani & 77 El Deora

Rouge Et Noir: An Exhibition of the Honky Tonk Arts with Red Meat and Maurice Tani & 77 El Deora

Friday, August 19th

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$18 Advance/$20 Door

Red Meat
Red Meat
Red Meat began in a Mission District garage in 1993. But they trace their musical roots much farther back – to the hard honky tonk songs of their youths in Iowa, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Ohio, as well as the rock music of the 60s and 70s that they grew up with. Throw in the Ozark gospel harmonies from Scott Young's childhood, and you have the basic backbone of the Red Meat sound. It was this sound that they unleashed on an unsuspecting San Francisco still reeling from the demise of a strong 80s punk rock scene. And in a city known for its unusual music and its off-kilter bands, Red Meat did the craziest thing yet: they returned to their roots, writing and performing hard Bakersfield-style country music to sometimes dumbfounded early audiences.

"Back when we started, nobody was playing this kind of music at all", explains Smelley Kelley, "We'd go into a bar, play our set, and win over these rockers and punk kids. Now it's become a lot more normal to see a country band in a Bay Area bar." And San Francisco now boasts one of the most vibrant twang scenes in America. After hundreds of gigs, five albums, national tours, European dates, sharing the stage with their idol Buck Owens and many other national acts, backing rockabilly legend Wanda Jackson on a tour of California, and movie and television soundtracks, Red Meat has found its place as one of the pre-eminent honky tonk bands in California. It's a lot of progress for five expatriate Midwesterners who found their muse in San Francisco so long ago. And with the release of their fifth album, "Live At the World's Smallest Honky Tonk", don't look for the progress to end anytime soon.
Maurice Tani & 77 El Deora
Maurice Tani & 77 El Deora
San Francisco’s Maurice Tani has been a fixture on the local alt-country scene for more than a decade with his band 77 El Deora, and previously sang and played guitar for the seminal Motown-style party bands Zasu Pitts Memorial Orchestra and Big Bang Beat. The San Francisco Chronicle has praised his “twangy modern country sound” and called his songs “wry yet romantic, tender but aggressive.” The band includes Mike Anderson on bass, Randy Craig on piano, Ken Owen on drums, and guest vocalist Pam Brandon.

Maurice has just released two albums—a studio recording with 77 El Deora called Blue Line, and Two Stroke, a collection of acoustic duos with 77 El Deora bassist Mike Anderson. Whether it’s cranked up or turned down, it definitely swings.