Hey Guys and Gals, aren’t you tired of dull holiday parties? Trade in those mind-numbing office and family gatherings for a holiday event you won’t soon forget when The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, in partnership with Flying Saucer, presents the rockabilly event of the year – Horton’s Holiday Hayride featuring the Godfather of psychobilly, the Reverend Horton Heat and country/blues/rock superstars Junior Brown, The Blasters and Big Sandy.
Jim Heath and Jimbo Wallace of Reverend Horton Heat have chewed up more road than the Google Maps drivers. For 25 Psychobilly years, they have blazed an indelible, unforgettable, and meteoric trail across the globe with their unique blend of musical virtuosity, legendary showmanship, and mythic imagery. Seeing Reverend Horton Heat live is a transformative experience. Flames come off the guitars. Heat singes your skin. There’s nothing like the primal tribal rock ‘n roll transfiguration of a Reverend Horton Heat show. Jim becomes a slicked-back 1950’s rock ‘n roll shaman channeling Screamin’ Jay Hawkins through Buddy Holly, while Jimbo incinerates the Stand-Up Bass.
With his unique voice, more unique songwriting, and even more unique double-necked “Guit-Steel” guitar, there has absolutely never been ANYONE like Junior Brown. e’s an American Original. At an early age, he discovered a guitar in his grandparent’s attic and spent his formative years woodshedding with records and the radio. As a young boy, he got the chance to sit in with Rock ‘n Roll pioneer Bo Diddley. In the mid-Eighties, Brown upgraded his gear and invented the “Guit-Steel”, a double-necked instrument combining standard guitar with steel guitar. The Guit-Steel allows Junior to switch instruments quickly in mid song while singing.
From early days growing up in the southeast Los Angeles suburb of Downey, California under the tutelage of T-Bone Walker and Big Joe Turner, to their emergence as central figures in the eclectic LA punk/rock scene of the early ‘80s, to their current status as internationally-renowned influences in their own right, the Blasters have spent their lives exploring and expressing the deep and diverse musical legacy that is best described by the title of their first album “American Music”. A performance by today’s Blasters – vocalist, guitarist Phil Alvin, drummer Bill Bateman, bassist John Bazz, and guitarist Keith Wyatt – reflects influences that range from George Jones and Carl Perkins to Howlin’ Wolf, James Brown and Bo Diddley. Blasters shows have been described as “a cross between Creedence and the Clash,” with a display of passion and energy only deepened by decades of experience.
Big Sandy has toured continuously and become a torchbearer of American roots music for 25 years. As a singer, songwriter, bandleader, and entertainer, Big Sandy has few contemporaries. Authenticity is the key to the music of this Rockabilly Hall of Fame member and although he’s moved from rockabilly roots to a sound that encompasses folk, bluegrass, Western swing, Cajun, and mariachi influences, the Southern California-based performer continues to be faithful to the music of the past.
Doors 5:30pm / Show 6:30pm
Visit the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall website for additional information and to purchase tickets. Tickets can also be purchased at their box office and at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre box office.