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Saturday, January 18

Southern Culture on the Skids

Audios Amigos

The Suicide Notes

#97 of the Crystal Ballrooms "100 Nights"

7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show

All ages welcome

$15 advance, $15 day of show

Southern Culture on the Skids

Long the bards of downward mobility, Southern Culture on the Skids have always embodied a sleazy, raucous, good-natured, good-time take on the culture of the South. Recently described by Dwight Yoakam (in Filter) as "really on the outside, like Dick Dale meets Hank Thompson," SCOTS have mixed high and low culture for decades, endlessly touring, serving up moonshine martinis and poultry picking for fans everywhere.

Since 1983, when they formed in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, SCOTS have played their unique hybrid of Americana, surf, R&B, rockabilly, and swamp pop (the band describes their sound as "toe sucking geek rock - kinda weird, but it feels good when you're doing it"), all the while driving fans into ecstatic, sweat-drenched paroxysms of joy. Assisted by his cohorts in chaos - drummer Dave Hartman and bassist/singer/heartbreaker Mary Huff - Miller and crew have been prolific and ubiquitous for over twenty years.

From their 1985 debut Voodoo Beach Party, to the international smash, 1998's Dirt Track Date (featuring the hit single "Camel Walk"), and up to 2007's gender bending album of cover tunes - Countrypolitan Favorites, Southern Culture on the Skids have continued to throw what Rolling Stone dubbed "a hell raising rock and roll party." Their 2005 live outing, Doublewide and Live!, captured all of this on tape, dirty, rough, wild and above all fun!! 2010 saw the band's first self-release, The Kudzu Ranch, plus the reissue of their classic 1991 album, Too Much Pork For Just One Fork. In 2011 the band released the out of print 1996 Santo Swings EP digitally for the first time ever on Cinco de Mayo. And in fall 2011 Zombified, Southern Culture On The Skids' tribute to the horror and exploitation movies that populated Southern theaters and drive-ins during the 60s and 70s, was re-released. Originally released in Australia as an eight song EP in 1998, the Zombified Extended Release is now a full LP with the addition of five new tunes.

Now, Southern Culture on the Skids has re-recorded and updated every SCOTS original song from 1994's classic Ditch Diggin' and released Dig This on October 29, 2013 through the band's own Kudzu Records.

"if [Ditch Diggin'] is not your idea of a great album, then maybe you shouldn't be bothering with this rock & roll stuff in the first place." - ALL MUSIC (1994)

Singer/guitarist, Rick Miller recalls the inspiration, "We have a drainage ditch that runs by the Kudzu Ranch that had been left unattended for so long it was not doing its job. I decided to dig a new ditch or at least upgrade the old ditch. I was dragging tree limbs, shoveling the muck, looking for turtles and watching for snakes and humming the riff to "Ditch Diggin'." That is when it dawned on me that it had been almost 20 years since we recorded the album of the same name, and all those songs could use an upgrade to 2013 specs just like this ditch I am sweating over right now, but instead of a shovel - I'd use a guitar. Easier on the back!"

Included in all Dig This packages, LP, CD and Digital is a free download of karaoke instrumental tracks and lyric sheet. Bassist/vocalist, Mary Huff loves the Karaoke - Marioke as the band calls it - so much that at her request they will be having a karaoke contest.

The Chapel Hill, NC trio Southern Culture On The Skids has been spreading the rock and roll gospel since 1983. Rick Miller - guitar/vox, Mary Huff - bass/vox and Dave Hartman - drums, play a greasy mix of surf, rockabilly, R&B and country fried garage with a side of psych. It's a musical gumbo Miller calls, "Americana from the wrong side of the tracks." For over 30 years, the band have toured everywhere from the NC Prison System to Mt. Fuji, Japan, delivering what Rolling Stone calls "a hell raising rock and roll party."



The Suicide Notes

When (Artist Formerly Known as Epoxies' Ray Cathode) Tim Svengali was asked to record a cover for a tribute album for now SF based The Punk Group, he didn't hesitate to recruit three female voices to bring a different edge to the song.

Jessi Lixx started her singing career belting numbers from musicals in smoky halls across the country, while Miss Joseph had made a name as the bass player and sexy backing vocalist for The Bugs of Lightning. Double A had never had any musical experience until she was discovered by Svengali while singing in the shower.

Impressed by their choral prowess and clapping abilities, Svengali decided to take the three young ladies under his wing and share his composing and producing powers with the world. Thus The Suicide Notes were born.

Though ecstatic with the original recordings that ensued, the band was missing something: the raw thrill of the live stage and the musicians to help bring their Pop gems to life. Determined to have only the best, they set their sights on local Rock royalty Petey J Cool of Pure Country Gold fame, and Howie Hotknife (driving force of The Hotknives and Mean Jeans four stringer) who, charmed by Lixx, Ms Joe, and Double A's grace and harmonizing power, agreed to join The Suicide Notes with their guitar and bass excellence and turn them into a mean live machine!

Fueled by a love of cuteness and the macabre; melody and harmonies; and 60's imagery tainted by blood and guts, The Suicide Notes create a sound that's been described as The Shangri-La's doing it with the Ramones in the back of a hearse.

From the lycanthropic love triangle of "Wolf Couple", to the self-titled "Suicide Note", their lyrics touch on love, life and mundane things like a trip to the beach, twisting them into a nightmarish world where the listener is left with a smile... slowly freezing on their face.


#97 of the Crystal Ballrooms "100 Nights"

Portland's Crystal Ballroom, as an ongoing entertainment staple for the city since 1914, celebrates its 100th birthday with a 100-day-long party! From October 14, 2013 to its actual centennial-mark on January 21, 2014, daily events will tumble forth from the historic Crystal Ballroom and its second-floor space Lola's Room, with an occasional spotlight pointed at the affable setting of Ringlers Pub.

Events will feature a mix of current national acts, the return of longtime Portland favorites, showcases of up-and-comers, and themed events inspired by key eras of the Crystal past. While the series will end with a bang - a performance by the Decemberists' Colin Meloy on January 21 - the entire run of shows will be stacked with stellar talent. Additional events will pay tribute to the Crystal's amazing history, with ballroom dance extravaganzas, old-timey/Americana dances, a gypsy-themed event, soul/funk shows and psychedelic jams.

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