POKEY LaFARGE

Pokey LaFarge is a musician, songwriter, bandleader, entertainer, innovator and preservationist, whose well-rounded arsenal of talents has placed him at the forefront of American music. Over the last decade, Pokey has won the hearts of music lovers across the globe with his creative mix of early jazz, string ragtime, country blues and western swing, all while writing songs that ring true and fine in both spirit and sound. His music transcends the confines of genre, continually challenging the notion that tradition-bearers fail to push musical boundaries. Cleverly striding between numerous forms of traditional American music, Pokey has crafted a genre all his own, marked in its accessible ingenuity.

In the past year alone, he was honored with a second consecutive Best Americana Album win by the Independent Music Awards for Middle of Everywhere, joined Vince Giordano for a track featured on an episode of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, recorded alongside Jack White on his album Blunderbuss, and was named an International Songwriting Competition finalist. Pokey’s 2012 tour trail (consisting of nearly 200 shows) included two visits to Europe, performances at several of the largest and most renowned folk festivals in Canada, and appearances at clubs and festivals scattered across America. As an opening act for Jack White’s Blunderbuss tour, Pokey delighted sold out crowds at Red Rocks Amphitheater and Radio City Music Hall, among other prominent venues in America and Canada.

His forthcoming full-length album, due out in 2013, is currently in production with help from Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show.

The West Coast Ramblers

The West Coast Ramblers is the San Francisco Bay Area's most exciting Western Swing band! The 'Ramblers capture that late-40's/early-50's California Western Swing sound made popular by performers like Tex Williams, Hank Penny, and Billy Jack Wills. Hip arrangements, twin guitar parts, and a little polish turn the the tunes into something that you can't wait to listen and dance to at their next live show. Lee Jeffriess is on steel guitar; Mikiya Matsuda is on non pedal steel; Steve Walz does the vocals and provides the rhythm guitar; Derek McDonald is on drums; and Steve Height plays the upright bass. The West Coast Ramblers are a group of talented musicians who love this kind of music and have learned how to play it well. They have combined their talents and experience to give you one of the best Western Swing bands around.

$13-15

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$13 adv/$15 doors. There's a 6 ticket limit for this event per household, customer, credit card number and email address. Patrons who exceed the ticket limit can have their order cancelled automatically and without notice.

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POKEY LaFARGE with The West Coast Ramblers

Friday, May 10 · 9:00 PM at Rickshaw Stop

Tickets Available at the Door