SAND RUBIES, THE DEL MONTES, DEAD HOT WORKSHOP, ZUBIA BROTHERS

DEAD HOT WORKSHOP

Tempe, AZ-based singer/songwriter Brent Babb joined with drummer/bandleader Curtis Grippe to form the guitar-driven rock band Dead Hot Workshop in the early '90s. More than a decade (and four albums) later, the group remained one of the hardest-hitting bands on the West Coast. According to Roger Clyne of L.A.-based band the Peacemakers, "Music people in this city get as excited about what Brent Babb does as people did about what Dylan was doing in the '60s."

While their early sound centered on the two-guitar attack of Babb and Steve Larson and Babb's working-class-oriented lyrics, Dead Hot Workshop was forced to reorganize following the departure of Larson in June 1997. They recorded their second album, Karma Covered Apple, as a trio.

Dead Hot Workshop continued to shift personnel. When Brian Scott left in June 1998, he was replaced by ex-Dialectis bassist Steve Flores, and second guitarist Chris "Whitey" Whitehouse, formerly of the Satellites, was added

ZUBIA BROTHERS

Although ostensibly a "new" project, making music has been a more like a lifelong passion for brothers Lawrence and Mark Zubia.

Born and raised in the overheated environs of Phoenix, Arizona, the gifted singer-songwriter tandem has become a veritable institution in the state, with a series of popular and successful combos. Notable among these groups were the Chimeras, a roots-rock powerhouse founded with longtime friend Doug Hopkins. Sadly, the late guitarist, who founded and led the Gin Blossoms to multi-platinum success, committed suicide. After Hopkins' passing the Chimeras regrouped, eventually morphing into the Pistoleros. With the name change also came a major label recording contract. The group's Hollywood Records debut Hang On To Nothing found the Zubias collaborating with a number of notable colleagues, including members of the Jayhawks and Smithereens. While the Pistoleros furthered their recorded legacy with a self-titled effort and the concert collection, Bars and Guitars, the Zubia brothers' project, Voices on the Street, marks the first time the pair has recorded under the family name.

Utilizing some 30 years of music making experience and savvy - the Zubias began their careers as toddlers backing their father, a professional mariachi - the brothers' new sound includes a heady mix of roots, country, mariachi and classic pop traditions. Their debut, produced by Jesse Valenzuela (Gin Blossoms, Stevie Nicks) and Michael Blum (Madonna, Suicidal Tendencies, New Radicals), reshapes the brothers' well-defined sound, adding a post-modern edge without sacrificing any of their roughhewn charm and rock 'n' roll spirit. Also helping bring the Zubia's songs to life are a talented cast of collaborators including songwriter Gary Louris (Jayhawks, Golden Smog) drummer Gary Mallaber (Bruce Springsteen, Van Morrison, Steve Miller) keyboardist Herman Jackson (Stevie Wonder, Tone Loc), and many others.

Although their tales of love and loss often involve emotional chaos, it's a turmoil offset by some of the most beautiful genetic harmonies and inviting melodies imaginable.

Mark and Lawrence are currently working on a second recording under the Zubia Brothers name. While they occasionally play with The Pistoleros, LZ also fronts The Persuaders and plays in an acoustic duo, and MZ sings and plays guitar in his band Los Guys and acoustic duo Los Thieves.

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SAND RUBIES, THE DEL MONTES, DEAD HOT WORKSHOP, ZUBIA BROTHERS

Wednesday, November 27 · Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:30 PM at Crescent Ballroom

Tickets Available at the Door