Enjoy 5 top bands playing Rockabilly, R&B and Surf music with Gretsch Guitars in the vintage Yost Theater in beautiful downtown Santa Ana.
It's just 6 miles and about 12 minutes down the 5 Fwy from the NAMM show.
JAMIE JAMES & THE KINGBEES
Like the Stray Cats and the Polecats, the Kingbees revived rockabilly with an '80s new wave flavor. The band was formed by Jamie James (vocals, guitar) in 1979. The Kingbees signed with RSO, and their self-titled debut LP appeared in 1980. The album was initially a commercial bust until the track "My Mistake" hit number one in Detroit. It became the Kingbees' first of two singles -- "Shake Bop" was the other -- that penetrated the Billboard charts. The Kingbees also recorded material for the soundtrack to 1980's The Idolmaker. James started performing with former Stray Cats members Lee Rocker and Slim Jim with regular gigs at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach, California. In 1993, James released Cruel World, followed by Crossroads in 2000. An expanded edition of the debut Kingbees album was released by Omnivore Records in 2015; the same label brought out an upgraded version of The Big Rock the following year.
THE ROCKIN' REBELS
The Rockin' Rebels began in 1981 in Huntington Beach appealing to both rockabilly and punk fans. They soon became a household word with teenagers all over Southern California. The first thing they did was record two singles. The first single "She's My Angel" and their second effort called "Let's Bop" which got quite a bit of radio attention, climbing to No. 8 on KROQ. They received extensive airplay in the U.S and Japan markets, and were rated in Music Connection Magazine as one of the top drawing attractions in the L.A Market 1982 .The Rockin Rebels were one of the strongest forces in the Rockabilly movement in all of Southern California.
Guitarist Chris Casello is one the most dynamic and entertaining guitarist in the world of roots music today. Casello takes his influences from Les Paul and Chet Atkins to Chuck Berry and Link Wray, multitasking guitar, steel and vocals in a high energy swinging rockabilly blues explosion. Chris specializes in roots styles from swing, rockabilly, rhythm and blues, and country, and has been honored as 2017 Musician of The Year by the Ameripolitan awards, winning the coveted Ralph Mooney award. He was voted No. 1 Honky-Tonk Hero 2011 by the Best Of Nashville Scene and has been listed among the Top 10 Best Dressed in Nashville by MyFashionMaven.com Chris is a second generation member of The Rockabilly Hall of Fame. Chris Casello shows always features mind-boggling guitar and stage tricks so embedded in American roots you can smell the greens and taste the hot sauce. Chris Casello currently tours and performs live in the USA and Europe with Tammi Savoy.
MISS TAMMI SAVOY
"Sangin" from her heart and soul is what classic soul and vintage R&B singer Miss Tammi Savoy loves to do. Born and raised in St. Paul, she now calls Chicago home. Although she has been singing since the age of 3 in her church choir, Miss Tammi Savoy is quickly rising and making her mark in the music industry. Touring with several elite bands, such as the Chris Casello Combo, she has also performed her very own tribute to Diana Ross and has been nominated for the Ameripolitan Music Award for Rockabilly Female 2019.
JASON LEE & THE R.I.P. TIDES
Jason Lee is one of San Diego's top surf-based guitar players, avidly playing his Gretsch guitar for over 20 years.
His band Jason Lee and the R.I.P. Tides have gained increased notoriety in recent years playing the premier west coast tiki subculture events, such as Tiki Oasis, Taboo, and Tiki Highway.
In 2012 the band was signed to Dionysus Records and over the past eight years Jason has led one of Youtube's top instructional video companies teaching guitar techniques for surf, rockabilly, and spaghetti western genres through user friendly tutorials. He has made it a personal goal to get the Surf guitar and 1960s instrumental music recognized as a more viable genre of music.
RUBY DEE & THE SNAKEHANDLERS
The veteran 4-piece combo — led by vocalist/songwriter Ruby Dee and Gretsch-sponsored guitarist Jorge Harada — plays Americana that encompasses Northwest alt-country, Texas honky-tonk, Bakersfield twang, Memphis rockabilly, Western swing and good old-fashioned rock ’n’ roll. Risky — and perhaps just a bit risqué — Ruby Dee and The Snakehandlers conjure forth all sorts of visions of another time. Lead singer Ruby Dee’s blend of Wanda Jackson sass and Patsy Cline pathos - and her pinup heartbreaker style of yesteryear with a thoroughly modern attitude - always commands the stage.