Something Old, Something New--This weekend is a surprise package.
Thursday, January 7, 1999
The Oakley Krieger Band. The name alone might conjure up a certain deja-vu for fans of a rock ''n'' roll trend that''s long since past but unlikely to ever be forgotten. Doc''s Nightclub invites you to meet this Los Angeles-based quartet with a serious rock legend background. Although the band itself was only formed in 1996, its members were born into a world of music. Meet Berry Oakley (vocals, bass), son of original Allman Brothers bassist (of the same name); Waylon Krieger, son of Doors'' guitar-man Robby Krieger; and Duane Betts, son of Allman Brothers'' guitarist, Dickey Betts. The addition of drummer Alec Puro enhances the unique, yet reminiscent sound, this band has to offer.
Oakley and Krieger grew up as childhood friends, playing guitar in Robby Krieger''s studio which was filled with guitars. Both performed together and then separately around Los Angeles, before hooking up with the band Bloodline and touring all over the country for four years with a number of charting single releases. However, Bloodline''s promising success did not stop it from eventually breaking up.
Back in Los Angeles, Oakley and Krieger started to think about forming their own band, and ''found'' another childhood friend at a late-night jam session, Duane Betts, who had recently switched from playing drums to pulling guitar strings. In Alec Puro, the three discovered their missing beat and the band was ready to go. Even though their music does, at times, bear a certain likeness to that of their fathers'', influences like Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins bring to it a fresh diversity, which pulls The Oakley Krieger Band right out of the past and into the present. They have kept busy this past year, touring the Midwest, and opening several major concerts in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego. Their classic rock sound has landed them among Music Connection magazine''s Hot 100 unsigned bands for 1997. A band worth checking out.
Oakley Krieger Band, Friday, 9:30pm. Doc''s Nightclub, 646-4241.
While we''re taking a trip down memory lane, you might want to saunter on over to Morgan''s, where you can listen to Shocking Beauty, a pop duo whose past may be even more intriguing than its name. Nectar of the Gods exploded onto the local music scene about six years ago and the band was an instant success, playing in front of packed crowds every time they performed. Then, they vanished. And the Buddy Garland Show appeared a couple years ago. Then it vanished (Or went into hibernation. Or something.) Now meet Johnny Love (electric guitar, vocals) and Michael Staples (conga, percussion), two of the founding members of Nectar of the Gods, and the men behind Shocking Beauty. Their music has been described as post-industrial, psychedelic, neo-folk, hippie rock, but for you ''Nectar'' fans out there, they will also perform the songs that used to pack ''em in. Moreover, you will hear a tribute to old Tin Pan Alley and Hollywood tunes, as well as ''60s Motown, Lou Reed, Dylan and ''50s rock ''n'' roll. And the band makes a very appealing promise: "No mics. No amps. No earplugs." Enjoy.
Shocking Beauty, Friday, 8:30pm, $5, Morgan''s, 373-5601.
There''s yet another twist to rock ''n'' roll this week: Slap Happy, a Monterey-based quintet is playing at Whitey''s Place. Slap Happy is a young band, and a coming-together of traveling musicians, of sorts, since all its members are Naval Postgraduate School attendees. The husband/wife team of Fritz (rhythm guitar, lead vocals) and Andrea (keyboard, vocals) Doran were joined by Joel Ogren, originally a country drummer in South Dakota and Minnesota. Tom Evanoff (lead guitar, vocals) and Marc Sanders (bass, vocals) both come from the East Coast, were they have performed with alternative rock bands.
Fritz Doran was the vocalist/guitarist in a country-rock band called Shameless, and his wife Andrea, a gospel singer/pianist, came from Jacksonville, Florida. Each musician brings his/her own style and flavor of music, creating a classic rock sound, filled with hints of blues, country, and even a dash of alternative. Currently, the band plays dance-oriented cover songs from the ''50s to the ''90s, including songs by Chuck Berry, The Doors, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Sister Hazel and Natalie Merchant. They''ve been working on their own, more acoustically oriented sound, which the band hopes to introduce at future venues.
Slap Happy, Friday, 9:30pm, Whitey''s Place, 646-8383.
For all you jazz fans, the Jazz Store has a treat this weekend: jazz pianist Roger Kellaway and vocalist Gene Lees. Originally from Newton, Mass., Roger Kellaway has been playing the piano since he was a child. When he became interested in bass, he first taught himself to play double bass, and went on to study piano, double bass and composition at the New England Conservatory.
Since 1963, Kellaway has been performing, starting out in New York as the pianist in Kai Winding''s group, and later on working with Al Cohn, Zoot Sims, Clark Terry and Bob Brookmeyer. In 1964, Kellaway made his first recordings with the likes of Ben Webster and Wes Montgomerey, and in 1966 he moved to Los Angeles to play in Don Ellis'' big band. To date, Kelloway has composed 22 film scores, including Remembering You, the closing theme for "All in the Family," and the Academy Award-nominated score to Streisand''s A Star Is Born. His acclaimed Cello Quartet was founded in 1969 and is seen by some as the beginning of New Age. It was the first of many projects, including a ballet commission for George Balanchine and the New York City Ballet, as well as several orchestral pieces for the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Vocalist Gene Lees also received extensive musical education which included conservatory study, first at Hamilton (1949), and then at the Berklee College of Music (1961-62), as well as private lessons in piano, singing composition and guitar. Originally a reporter and critic for publications such as the Hamilton Star and Toronto Telegram, he then became an editor and critc in music and drama for the Louisville Times.
His most important position in jazz, however, was as an editor of Down Beat (1959-61). Lee has played an important role in the popularization of bossa nova during the mid-''60s by translating songs of Antonio Carlos Jobin from Portuguese to English. In 1981, Lees settled in Ojai, Calif., and founded the Gene Lees Newsletter, a private monthly publication which presents essays on jazz and related topics. The vast experience and musical knowledge of Roger Kellaway and Gene Lees promise an interesting and entertaining Saturday evening. Come, relax and enjoy.
Roger Kellaway & Gene Lees, Saturday, 7:30pm, $30, The Jazz Store, 624-6431.