Join us on a crazy adventure beyond the transitive nightfall of diamonds in this one-time-only special event
Sat. Nov. 8 at 8pm
$15 adv./$15 door D ance – ages 21 +
The Mermen , everyone's favorite psychedelic surf band joins forces with their pal, guitarist Henry Kaiser , to present a set-long version of the Grateful Dead's DARK STAR; played not to be imitative of The Dead, but driven by the unique styles and ideas of The Mermen and HK. There will also be another set of surprising and unexpected musical covers. We can't tell you which set will be first, for that is up to the moment of the show. Join us on a crazy adventure beyond the transitive nightfall of diamonds in this one-time-only special event.
The Mermen's style of music has been called a lot of things, surf, rock, psychedelic, ambient, psychobilly, thrash, punk, new-age...and really, it may be all of those things. Their name came from Jimi Hendrix's song "1983, A Merman I Should Turn to Be" which captures both their love of the ocean and an appreciation of great rock and roll. The trio of Jim Thomas, Allen Whitman, and Martyn Jones first formed in 1989. They are multi-dimensional people, each with his own unique talent, but all with a love for the music.
Guitarist Henry Kaiser has appeared on more that 250 albums in many different genres of music: rock, jazz, experimental, and world musics being the most significant. Just a few of his many collaborators: David Lindley, Richard Thompson, Herbie Hancock, Wadada Leo Smith, Terry Riley, Nels Cline, Steve Kimock, and Sonny Sharrock. Back in 1988, before there were Grateful Dead cover bands, Kaiser recorded anyone's first ever cover of Dark Star. This was released on the album THOSE WHO KNOW HISTORY ARE DOOMED TO REPEAT. He later has collaborated with most all of the living members of The Grateful Dead on many different gigs and recordings. Henry's favorite band for the past couple of decades has been The Mermen. He is especially delighted to join them for this collaborative project.
Artist sites and sounds: www.mermen.net and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Kaiser_(musician )