with The Tighten Ups
Fri Aug 9
with The Tighten Ups
|Age:||Ages 21+ Only|
San Diego's preeminent blues & rockabilly band are back in their prime form to showcase the greatest hits from their 9 studio albums!Buy Tickets
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Genre: blues rock / roots rock
Ticket Price: $20 advanced / $22 day of show / $35 reserved loft seating (loft seating is available over the phone or in person at our box office)
The Paladins from San Diego California are the preeminent blues/rockabilly band in
America. Founded in 1980 by guitarist Dave Gonzalez and bass player Thomas
Yearsley, they have recorded five singles, nine full Length studio records, and three live
albums. Along the way they built a solid reputation as one of America's hardest
working and best live bands.
The Paladins helped pave the way for the Rockabilly craze of the early 1980s. Their
tagline at the time was "Western & Bop", as they played a combination of rockabilly
and vintage country together with a blues groove. Their first LP, The Paladins, was
released in 1987 and was produced by Kim Wilson of the Fabulous Thunderbirds. They
followed that up with Years Since Yesterday, released on Alligator Records in 1989 and
produced by Los Lobos' Steve Berlin and Mark Linnet. When Let’s Buzz came out in
1990 the band was firmly planted as a headliners in showcase music clubs across the
country and in Europe. The band also established themselves at numerous festivals,
sharing bills with the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughn, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, The
Blasters, and Los Lobos. Let's Buzz, “an invigorating blend of rockabilly, blues,
rhythm-and-blues, and country," was recorded in the Los Angeles studio of 1970s soul
star Leon Haywood, and is their largest selling record to date. Since that time six more
critically acclaimed albums have come out. Most notably, their 1996 live album Million
Mile Club, which fittingly marked the band’s millionth mile traveled on the roads of the
To their many fans worldwide, the Paladins appeared to have come to an end in 2004.
That's when Gonzalez wanted to focus on other musical interests and he formed the
western-soul band the Hacienda Brothers. During this time Dave Gonzalez liked to
refer to the Paladins status as being “on hiatus.” Sadly, the untimely death of Hacienda
Brothers band mate and longtime friend, Chris Gaffney in 2008, ended the Hacienda
Brothers, which had released four Albums. Then in 2010 the Paladins Reunited for a
festival in Europe, which led to even more dates there in 2011. Also that year the band
performed their first US date in seven years at the Ink and Iron Festival in Long Beach
California. The next year they appeared at the 2012 Doheny Blues Festival and now
every year since, they have been headlining select European shows and special
reunion appearances here in the US.
Dave Gonzalez has been living in Austin Texas for the past seven years where he stays
busy, not only performing, but also recording bands and producing records. Thomas
Yearsley has done the same by running Thunderbird Analog Recording Studio and LUX
Records in California. In between all of that Dave, Tom and drummer Brian Fahey have
also gotten together to record the latest Paladins record titled New World, their first
album in over 14 years. It’s a diverse collection of smoldering blues and roots rock,
with a little honkytonk thrown in. It’s like the Paladins shows, non-stop intensity and
fine musicianship wrapped up neatly in a three-piece band.
The Tighten Ups
FOR 11 YEARS, THE TIGHTEN UPS HAVE BEEN DOLING OUT HUGE HELPINGS OF FUNKY FUN – PROVIDING SAN DIEGO COUNTY WITH A 7 PIECE ROCK & SOUL REVUE THAT KEEPS EVERYBODY SHAKIN’ IT ON THE DANCE FLOOR! THE TIGHTEN UPS BRING A RAUCOUS BLEND OF ORIGINALS AND CLASSICS, AND ALWAYS PEPPERED WITH HUMOR! 2018 SAW THE RELEASE OF “TIGHTEN IT UP” – AN ALBUM OF 9 ORIGINAL SONGS ON LUX RECORDS. IT WAS NOMINATED FOR A 2018 SAN DIEGO MUSIC AWARD, FOR BEST LOCAL RECORDING! THE TIGHTEN UPS ENJOY PERFORMING REGULARLY AT FESTIVALS, DIVE BARS, PARKING LOTS, & PRIVATE EVENTS.
MEET THE PLAYERS – LET’S START WITH THE POWERHOUSE VOCALS OF LEAD SINGER LAURA JANE WILLCOCK, A NATURAL BORN ENTERTAINER. SHE IS WILD, SWEET, AND UNFORGETTABLE. HER VOCAL FIREWORKS ARE MATCHED BY THE BALLSY GUITAR HEROICS OF SAN DIEGO’S FAVORITE GUITAR PLAYER, LEGENDARY SHREDDER, JOEY HARRIS (BEAT FARMERS, JOEY HARRIS & THE MENTALS). GIVING THE BAND ITS’ SIGNATURE SOUND WITH HIS RUMBLING FUNKALICIOUS BASS STYLINGS IS VETERAN BASSIST GERRY WASSON. NEW JERSEY NATIVE RENE WOOLLEY ON DRUMS KEEPS US ALL ROCKIN’ IN TIME & WITH AN IRRESISTIBLE CHARM. SUPER SNAZZY NEIL MCKENZIE TOPS OFF THE HORN SECTION, ON TRUMPET. TOPHER WILLIAMS IS SURPRISING AT EVERY TURN WITH HIS MASTERY OF THE TENOR SAX – CALLING UPON JAZZ, ROCK, BLUES, FUNK & R&B STYLES TO FLAVOR HIS PERFORMANCES. WHEN MERI CLAIRE STEPS ON STAGE, IT IGNITES HER CAJUN SOUL ON THE TROMBONE, AND HER PASSION FILLS YOUR HEART AT ONCE. SHE IS THE BEST DANCER OF THE HORN SECTION.
FOLLOW THE TIGHTEN UPS AND BRING YOUR MOM. SHE’S GONNA LOVE US.