The Blasters in The Cities

There was no cooler place to be in Minneapolis on June 17 than Lee’s Liquor Lounge. We were piled in there, too, pressed against the stage for The Blasters‘ return to the Twin Cities. Phil Alvin, John Bazz, Keith Wyatt and the powerhouse drummer “Buster” Bill Bateman played a greatest hits show for hipsters, rockers,Continue reading “The Blasters in The Cities”

Intveld on Butler: “Taking something beyond where it’s been before”

Lester Butler and 13 were supposed to play their first gig at the Dixie Belle Restaurant in Downey on June 27, 1998. Butler never made it, but a tribute show was held for him that night. (An article that day noted Smokey Hormel, Steven Hodges and John Bazz all playing). Here are the details by Theo DouglasContinue reading “Intveld on Butler: “Taking something beyond where it’s been before””

The Blasters back in Midwest

The Blasters are storming through the Midwest U.S. again this summer. It’s always a good thing to see the gang, and this short run has some added incentive for Red Devils fans. Opening a series of shows will be Javier and the Innocent Sons. The Minneapolis-based group features Javier Matos, who many might remember fromContinue reading “The Blasters back in Midwest”

Fourth of July fireworks: The original Blasters live

While many in the crowd were talking about the return of the Fightin’ Alvins, the real on-stage fireworks this Fourth of July weekend came courtesy of the past and present of Blasters guitar players. The Blasters were one of the featured acts this past weekend at the 30th American Music Festival at FitzGerald’s in Berwyn,Continue reading “Fourth of July fireworks: The original Blasters live”

The Blasters’ ‘Trouble Bound’ 2002

The California blues/roots/rockabilly/R&B collective The Blasters should be required listening for any fan of American Music. During the 1980s, the band, along with contemporaries such as X and Los Lobos, bridged punk and roots music with an energy and enthusiasm that thrilled a legion of fans of all types of music. That Blasters ethic isContinue reading “The Blasters’ ‘Trouble Bound’ 2002”