Just celebrated Independence Day with authentic Los Angeles flair: legendary rock band The Blasters headlined an evening filled with American roots music in Burbank. Joe’s Great American Bar & Grill hosted a menagerie of great bands as part of “Ronnie Mack’s Barndance” and provided a timeless environment by which to celebrate the birth of our nation.
Anticipation built as The Blasters, who were formed in Downey, took the stage and stormed into one of their biggest tunes, “American Music.” As the band surged through the set, the raw energy spewing from the instruments probably could’ve powered the lights in the place. And a bitchin curveball was hurled at us all when their classic “Marie, Marie” was delivered in perfect Spanish which was almost unbelievable! But in a mind-blowing, worlds-collide-type situation, leader Phil Alvin called up none other than Exene Cervenka of L.A. punk royalty X. The two did a fantastic punkabilly-style version of “Jackson,” made famous by Johnny Cash and June Carter.
Don’t get much more American than that, does it? We even ran into our friend (and very talented musician) Deke Dickerson at the show!
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