Sunday, August 25, 2013

The return of the Red Elvises!

The exclamation mark I placed in the title is for the benefit of a friend who considers the Red Elvises' annual Tucson show one of the highlights of their year. Because I have missed seeing the Russian-American rockabilly-party rockers the past three years, I am very excited that the Elvises are returning to our sun drenched city on Saturday, September 21st, playing at Plush on 4th Avenue at 9:30 PM.

The Red Elvises (formerly Igor & the Red Elvises, but Wikipedia tells me Igor left to join the circus a few years back...I cannot make this up) are a global sensation, hugely popular in Eastern Europe and Russia. By fusing surf-rock, rockabilly, and a whole heap of audience participation, they have earned a cult following of diehard fans. Online reviews of their concerts are unanimously glowing: "skepitcal attendees tranformed into dancing machines," "a room-spanning conga line," and "the best live show I saw in the past six months." That's half a year of live music!

In prepartion for my (fingers crossed) enjoyable experience in a few weeks, I have been downloading some of the Red Elvises' most popular tracks, all available through the recently updated Freegal 4.0:

Some of my favorites include:

"Rocketman," with the poetic lyrics:


and "I Wanna See You Bellydance," with enough groovy riffs to make you strap a surfboard on top of your car and head for the nearest ocean.

But before catch that wave, download a few of the Red Elvises' tracks and catch their live show next month!


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