It's murder out there.
On Saturday, Nov 2nd, Dia De Los Muertos, the strains of murder, misery, death, and despair fill the air at the 12th ANNUAL STARRY PLOUGH MURDER BALLADS BASH. As unfortunate as it is, murder is a human tradition and songs have been written about it almost as long as it's been committed. Put on your best bones (or anything else you'd like to scare us with) and come hear this musical review of great local acts put their spin on that classic favorite, the murder ballad.
Loretta Lynch is delighted to join in this year's festivities, and to be sharing the stage with so many talented others (in no particular order below). We'll be scaring you with some brand spanking new tunes. Rumor has it Loretta Lynch will play around 10, but do come early and stay late - you won't want to miss a single note!
12th Annual Murder Ballads Bash
Saturday, November 2nd
Doors open at 8 pm, show at 9 pm
cover: $6 in adv (http://www.ticketfly.com/event/395721)
$8 – $15 sliding scale at the door
Starry Plough Pub, 3101 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, 510-841-2082
The Unreal Band – The Eastbay's longest running psychedelic band, these Starry Plough stalwarts will arrive in some physical form to alter your peaceful reality.
Heartache Sisters - Heartache Sisters is the excitable younger sibling of Laura Benitez and the Heartache that was built streamlined for the road. Joined by Michele Kappel-Stone, this duo sprang from the magic created by the 5-piece electric Americana band to showcase their close female harmonies and let songwriting shine through unadorned. Passionate (yet deadly) takes on Country, Early Rock and Roll, and Folk-Pop.
The Phantom Limbs – Not to be confused with any defunct punk band, Amy Zing, Aislinn Harvey, and Eric Saxby hail from Oakland and are actually very nice people who hardly ever enact their elaborate plans of revenge.
Chonk and the Ghostfiddler - Gritty and infectious, Chonk & the Ghostfiddler create an experimental yet accessible- hell, even enjoyable soundscape, ranging from footstompin' country blues, to bootyshaking soul funk, to mindbending folk tunes. They will be showing their evil side.
Lucifer Meltdown - Lucifer Meltdown will purvey songs about killing, despair and redemption. Lucifer (aka Rev Screaming Fingers) will be aided and abetted by Girl Trouble imps Camilla, Max and Kat Meltdown.
Mike Glendinning – Named Best Local Musician by the Eastbay Express readers poll, Mike is one of a kind, a guitarist whose anger and sense of beauty run close to the surface, exploding from amplifiers or CDs a unique, edgy, fluid style he calls grunge jazz. It's outsider music finding its roots in two distinct zones: the intuitive, soulful poetry of jazz improv, and the edgy, dirty attitude of a metal guitar survivor flipping off the universe.
The Alegre Sisters - The Alegre Sisters are a real life ukulele playing, harmony singing sister band. They'll knock you dead.
Pope Paul Pot – Since the release of his EP, “Plastic TV Land on Acid”, in 1981 and numerous DIY music releases to KALX in the early 1980s, Pope Paul Pot has been playing music in a number of bands: Gail & the Fudgepackers, Don't Mind Us (nobody did), Poor Impulse Control, and the Happy Clams .
Rockzilla - "It's kind of like my version of Rockpile..you know, heavy rhythm rock and roll and features songs I've always wanted to do which lay down that Chuck Berry meets Dave Edmunds groove as well as a few originals combined with some of my major influences like Peter Green." - Harlan Hollander
Mugg Muggles - Mugg Muggles has been delighting Bay Area audiences on street corners, in sundry bars and dives, as well as radio and television for over 3 decades with his eclectic repertoire, irreverent demeanor and mellifluous bass/baritone. Simply accompanied by his pulsing acoustic guitar (or 1 stringed Gutbucket Bass) and awesome homemade kazoo, Mugg evokes distant eras of Prohibition Speakeasies, Minstrel Shows, Juke Joints, House Rent Parties, Barn Dances and Sock Hops.
Scare you there! BWAH HA ha ha HAH!
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Oh, oh, yeah,yeah - special thanks to Pol Pot for coordinating this event!