Written by Jim Bille
Mar 10, 2013 at 08:00 PM
ImageThe DNA Lounge in San Francisco was the place to be last week when the Road Lords Car Club hosted their Scarlett Fever Charity Event for Retts Syndrome awareness with some of the West Coasts finest rockabilly, punk and psychobilly bands in attendance.

The afternoon’s first headliners, Gamblers Mark, came up from L.A. packing some high octane piston punk. Guitar twang was furnished by Gamblers Dave as he directed this power trio through one amazing set.
I picked up their CD and can assure you it needs to be in your collection if you are any kind of rockabilly fan. Their music kind of reminded me of Duane Eddy meets the Sex Pistols if that combination is possible. It worked though.

ImageStigma 13 brought their straight up middle finger flippin’ punk sound over from the East Bay and got into everyone’s face with a show worth sweatin’ over. Loud and lewd, this quartet really blasted the roof off the place with their vintage punk sound and style. No nonsense and no frills these guys really tore it up with a great set.

The spirit of Johnny Cash was channeled through the next band, The Cash Prophets. These Cash devotees covered everything Johnny. From “Tennessee Flat Top Box” to “Unchained” just about every stage of the Man in Black’s career was touched on.
With a few original numbers thrown into the mix the Cash Prophets can really walk that Johnny Cash line.

ImageThe main musical course of the event was served up by the Blasters. This seminal blues rock band from Downey, California still gets together now and then to blow their fans away with the best combination of blues, rockabilly and whatever else they can mix into their sound that has been going strong for well over 30 years now. 

With the exception of Dave Alvin, the original band is still intact with Phil Alvin still sweating and still grinning up front and still screaming the songs that made this band famous.
The Blasters are always on my most wanted to see list and I catch them every chance I get. So should you.