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Snake Snake at the Blue Cafe 1997

May 21, 2014

We have written about Snake Snake before, believing a band with that brilliant a name could only be a myth. But here they are — Kid Ramos, Willie J. Campbell, Stephen Hodges and Lester Butler — on a June 13, 1997, at the Blue Cafe in Long Beach, Calif. Funny that this was right after […]

Blue Cafe posters ’95-’96

January 10, 2014

Our friend Vince Jordan provided these posters from his Long Beach, Calif., club the Blue Cafe. Lester Butler bands, in various configurations, were regulars there. Even if you never visited the club before it closed 10 years ago, check out the Blue Cafe Facebook page. There are all kinds of great blues photos and memorabilia […]

The legend of the Kid Ramos/Lester Butler ‘hard-edge blues unit’ Snake Snake

August 15, 2021

“My idea was … a raw, hard-edge blues unit,” Kid Ramos tells nofightin.com about 1997’s mythical supergroup Snake Snake, fronted by Lester Butler.

Groanin’ Lester Butler onstage in 1996

July 18, 2021

If you lived around LA in 1996, there were plenty of chances to catch “Groanin’ Lester Butler” snoozing the blues at Jack’s Sugar Shack, Blue Cafe, the House of Blues, and many other haunts.

Spare bands & one-and-dones

September 2, 2013

Blues musicians will know … get a group of guys together, come up with a name, and you are a “band” for a night. Might have those same four guys another night, new name. Use a different drummer for a pickup gig, and that’s three. One of those bands, likely, was called the Blues Meisters. […]

13 on the road: Butler, Schultz, Goldberg, Intveld

April 18, 2010

Thanks as always to our pal Vince Jordan for providing great photos, including this picture of the touring version of 13, James Intveld, left, on drums, Lester Butler, bassist Mark Goldberg and guitarist Alex Schultz (photographer unknown), outside the Blue Cafe in Tahiti, probably 1997. This is just one of many different 13 live lineups, […]

Photos: Red Devils’ last King King gig, 1993

June 20, 2009

Walk up to the door, and pay the cover — it’s Monday night at the King King club in Hollywood, and The Red Devils are on stage. For those of us who missed it the first time around, these photos of the Devils at the King King, taken by Vince Jordan, are a great find. […]

Timeline

February 12, 2009

This timeline is meant to be as complete as possible, and will be based on the comings and goings of The Red Devils and Lester Butler and 13. Each item will link back to a source document or Web site, when possible. Others have been verified by nofightin.com or include information commonly found in web […]

Posters, fliers, handbills (1988-98)

June 26, 2021

A collection of posters and fliers from The Red Devils, Lester Butler and 13, circa 1988-98, on nofightin.com.

Itinerary outlines 1997 13 Europe tour

May 9, 2011

We’ve been going through thousands of photos, videos, posters, documents and ephemera given to No Fightin’ by drummer Eddie Clark. Much of it focuses on his time with 13 or his many years with William Clarke. Over the coming months, we’ll be posting more rare inventory from the Eddie Clark collection. First up: This faxed […]