Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Monday, December 29, 2008

Emergencia! Big Sandy needs your help!

We just got word today that our NYE show with Wayne Hancock at Safari Sam's in downtown LA has been canceled! Apparently there was an indecent at a Hip Hop show there the other night and the cops shut 'em down (there are other factors as well, but let's just say that we won't be doing business with Mr. Sam any more).

It's been a busy day of scrambling around... I was hoping to find another venue for Wayne and I to relocate to together, but due to finances and the lack of time for promotion, it looks like we are going to have to split up the bill. After getting the word that Wayne was able to land a show at bar in LA, we decided to hunt for an OC location for ourselves, so as not to go up against his show.

So, then... it is with great pleasure and a huge sigh of relief that I announce that The Tropics Lounge has saved the day (and our night)! Man, I'm actually excited about this now... it's closer to home, it's cheaper (10 bucks), there'll be food, and we get to play longer. Bring your rod, your ol' lady, and we'll ALL have a BALL!

Please, please help us get the word out, even if you can't make it!
Flier and more details to come...

Wednesday Dec. 31st New Year's Eve
Big Sandy & his Fly-Rite Boys
Tropic's Lounge
1842 W Commonwealth Ave
Fullerton, CA 92833
(714) 525-1977

Friday, December 19, 2008

Free Christmas song - download it while you can!

While there are none that I know of here in Anaheim, San Diego is the home of at least two swingin' Hawaiian combo's... Exotiki (who put on a fine show recently at LA's Redwood Bar) and The Cheap Leis. Eight years ago, almost to the day, I popped in on The Cheap Leis during a live radio broadcast performance on "Jumpin' Like Mad" KPOP AM 1360 (RIP). After playing a sweet set of Hawaiian standards and Christmas faves, The C-Leis asked me to join them on this holiday chestnut. I can hear a bit of the tequila in my voice on this'n... but I like it and maybe you will too. Download it or just listen... it's yours.

Blue Christmas - The Cheap Leis with Big Sandy (2 min. 04 sec., 1MB mp3)

Be sure to catch us December 27th at The Juke Joint in Anaheim with The Martinez Brothers Trio (feat. members of Moonlight Cruisers, Nekromantix, The Rocketz) and on NEW YEARS EVE with WAYNE HANCOCK (!!!!) at the new Safari Sam's at The Regent in downtown LA! (ALL ages, 20 bucks)

Thanks, and have a very merry Christmas, y'all!!

Big Sandy

Monday, December 08, 2008

Big Sandy holiday schedule

First off, I'd like to send a big thank-you to everyone who came out to our Riverside show this past weekend! What a blast it was... I dig Axle's new location (Lake Alice Trading Company) and look forward to more shows there in the new year. Speaking of the new year, I can't believe that 2008 is almost over... and I really can't wait to see what 2009 will bring our way.

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Monday, December 01, 2008

With Vicky Tafoya and Lil Mo on the bill, bringing their brand of solid Doo-Wop and jumpin' Rhythm & Blues, this will be one hell of a night! Come early and claim a good spot, order up some grub, grab a beer... and leave the rest to us!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Big Sunday!

This Sunday.... make it an LA day! Starting at noon, go to the Redwood Bar (316 W.
2nd Street Downtown LA) to see Exotiki, The Lucky Stars, The Royal Deuces and Captain Jeffery & the Chumbuckets.... grab some grub... THEN motorvate over to The Derby to see Big Sandy & his Fly-Rite Boys!
I'm doing it, she's doing it... EVERYBODY'S doing it!

Pass this around!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Big Sandy, Laika, more...

Two more Fly-Rite shows for you Southern Califino's (new word) this weekend: Friday night we're tippin' in to The Blue Cafe where we share the stage with openers James & Burke, and Northern 45. I'm not familiar with either of these acts... but, what the hell, let's just say that they are nothing short of amazing and will make this the MUST-SEE show of the year!

All you surf n instro fans take note: Saturday night we are happy to be joined by Finland's Laika & The Cosmonauts at The Bordello in Downtown Los Angle-eez! I haven't seen these astro-cats for, like, light years man.... and I'm looking forward to hearing what they have up their spacesleeves these days. Dig it!

ok... so there you have it!
Hope to see you... if not there, then in my dreams. ;-)

L-A-T-E-R spells later,

Big Sandy

Fri. Oct. 17
Big Sandy & his Fly Rite Boys
W/ Northern 45, Burke & James
The Blue Cafe
210 Promenade
Long Beach, California 90802
10 presale/12 door

Sat. Oct. 18th
Big Sandy & his Fly Rite Boys
W/ Laika & the Cosmonauts
The Bordello
901 East 1st Street
Los Angeles, California 90012
$10 21-over

Friday, October 10, 2008

Fly-Rite News 10/10/08

Hello friends and greetings from the Fly-Rite Ranch here in sometimes sunny Southern California. It's been somewhat hectic for us over the last three weeks, with back to back weekenders in Barcelona, Baltimore, and Las Vegas. It's good to be back home and will be doing shows here in The Golden State through the rest of the year. Here's what coming up over the next several days:

Sat 10/11/08 The Casbah San Diego, CA
Fri 10/17/08 The Blue Cafe Long Beach, CA
Sat 10/18/08 The Bordello Downtown Los Angeles, CA

Some of you already know that our long-time bass player Jeff West is out of commission for a little while. He's been having problems with his hand, which he's seeking treatment for... and we'll keep everyone up-to-date on his progress. In the meantime... we have the pleasure of welcoming birthday-boy Kevin Stewart to the Fly-Rite Bandstand. We've had a couple of shows with him so far, as witnessed in the clips below, and he's been doing a fantastic job.

Well, my friends... hope to see you around sometime soon!
best wishes always,
Big sandy

Rockabilly Rave USA
"Heaven Is The Other Way

St. Monica Catholic Church Fall Festival
(the generator blew up, leaving us with no power)
acoustic version of "Chalk It Up To The Blues"

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Fly Rite News!!

Fly-Rite News

Just a little update on what's been going down with me and the boys... and with what's coming up...

Coming up?

Well, going up, really.... as in UP in a hot-air balloon! The City of Irvine's Great Park has been hosting a series of FREE concerts and FREE hot-air balloon rides this Summer and, well, this Friday August 29th it's OUR turn. We will perform on the outdoor stage from 8pm - 9:30pm. That is, of course, after taking a ride up in one of them there contraptions! Come join us, cheer us on... or just laugh at the fear on our faces. ALL AGES! More details at http://www.ocgp.org/

This holiday weekend, Safari Sam's in Hollywood will be hosting a remarkable three day event featuring some of the finest roots related musicians of our time. Gracing the stage over the weekend will be Dave Alvin, The Knitters, Peter Case, Levi Dexter, Mike Stinson, The Hacienda Brothers... and man, oh, man... so many more. I, Big Sandy along with my Fly-Rite Boys will be proud to be sharing the stage with The Blasters on Monday evening September 1st! The proceeds to this incredible event, and the art auction that will acommpany it, will go towards the medical expenses of a few musician friends, including blues belter Candye Kane and the dearly deeparted Chris Gaffney. Come join us for some great music, BBQ, and good times... while supporting a great cause in the process. More details at http://www.musicmenagerie.net/dogandponyshow/info.html

I had a hell of a time celebrating my birthday with the Fly-Rites last week in Aspen, Colorado and Salt Lake City, UT. Thanks to all who came out to the shows... and to the many many people from all over the world who sent birthday greetings, comments, emails, and tequila! It may take me a while, but personal thank-you's will be coming your way!

Speaking of Aspen, I just noticed a Youtube video that just surfaced which features highlites of our performance there last week. Now...; there are tons of BS (Big Sandy) clips on the 'Tube, some of which I wish weren't... but this one is quite fun, I think. You can't tell from the clip, but there were thousands of people in the audience that evening, all situated down the length of a ski run (Fanny Hill). A few local kids got up on stage with us and started some dance moves that soon had the entire crowd following along... well, check it out, you'll see...

OK... that's it for now
hope to catch you sometime very soon!
Big Sandy

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Saturday May 24th in Lon Beah...

Come join me, us, weeee this Saturday night down in
THEE Long Beach...
Come earlyish stay latish...drink, dance, dine, do-it!
Fake ID/No Prob.

Spread. The word, that is.

Big Sandy

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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

April 18th, 20th... Big Sandy in Los Angeles and Hollywood...

Friday nite in historic Downtown Los Angeles at Bordello, Sunday nite at legendary nite-spot, The Derby

Playing ALL their hits... old and new!!

Friday April 18th
Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys
The Unholy 4

901 East 1st Street
Los Angeles, California

Sunday April 20th
Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys
The Derby
4500 Los Feliz Blvd
Los Angeles, California

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

THIS weekend in Arcadia...

One more show in LA, then it's off to Yakima and Seattle. Come join us why doncha!...
Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys
Arcadia Blues Club
16 East Huntington
Arcadia, CA 91006
10 PM

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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Big Sandy and the boys hit Sherman Oaks Friday Feb 29th...

Join us THIS Friday night for an evening of Rockin', Rollin', Honky-Tonkin', Swingin, tequila-swillin' good times at LA's famous home of the blues... Cozy's in Sherman Oaks! Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys hit the stage at 9:45 and rock the joint 'til the law says stop...

As always... our official "Good-Time Guarantee!!

Bonus Tip: After a long week of warm weather,who wants to be stuck in the kitchen... or in the house for that matter? Make dinner reservations NOW for ringside seating to Friday's festivities! call now... 818-986-6000

Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys
14058 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, California 91423

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Big Sandy and his boys hit Madison, WI and Chicago, IL this weekend!

OK... the weather is much too nice right now here in Southern California.... it's time too head out to the land of the ice and snow. Yup... Wisconsin here we come. Madison to be precise. Then it's Chicago... twice.

Here's the deal... Thursday night we fly into Chi-town (lord willin' n weather permittin') and we'll head straight to the Big C Jamboree at Martyr's to catch The Mezcal Brothers, who are hosting that night. We'll probably get up on stage at some point... but mostly we're looking forward to just hanging out and mixing with the locals.

night, Feb 8th, we hit the stage at The Harmony Bar in Madison, WI. The snow doesn't phase 'em at all out hear and it should be our usual hot n sweaty night there! Come early for dinner...
The Harmony Bar 2201 Atwood, Madison, Wisconsin 53704

Saturday night, Feb. 9th... Fitzgerald's! It's one of our favorite spots to play in the nation and this night we'll be celebrating Berwyn's newest resident's s'posed-to-have-been birthday! (Congrats to Drew and Katie on your new - and early - arrival)! Fitzgerald’s 6615 Roosevelt, Berwyn, Illinois 60402

Sunday, Feb.10th at high NOON, we'll be playing for the kiddies once again at The Old Town School of Folk Music (though big people can come too)! It's always a good time for all here... 'specially for us!
Old Town School of Folk Music 4544 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60614

there you have it... pass it on!


Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys

Thursday, January 31, 2008

This Weekend... Sumthin' Differ'nt

No official "Fly-Rite" shows this weekend... but I've got a couple of things going on that you might find interesting and worth checking out...

Friday night I'll heading out to the desert with Fly-Rite drummer Joe Perez where I'll be doing a night of Rockabilly and Country with former Fly-Rites T.K. Smith and Lee Jeffries at Pappy & Harriet's in Pioneertown...!! Pioneertown was built as a movie set in 1946 and really has the feeling of the Old West. Plan to stay overnight with us (there will be some DRANKIN' going on) and check out the sites on Saturday afternoon... perfect! Oh, by the way... for this show we're being billed as "Big Sandy and his Country Cabin Boys", but it's really just some old pals getting together and making some music...

And then... Saturday night I'll have the honor of being your singin' MC up at Safari Sam's in Hollywood where we will be welcoming the amazing Hot Club of Cowtown, local treasures The Lucky Stars, and up-and-coming western swingsters MARTY SMITH and the MOONEYHAMS!!

So there you have it, friends! Click on the links for more details...

See ya 'round!

Big Sandy

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