DougFest with Shandon Sahm, celebrating the music of Doug Sahm! @12am, Bellfuries @10pm – $10 cover at the door @9pm. No advance tickets. 21+ only.
The Bellfuries are constantly within earshot of the latest catchphrase. New brands are always within their peripheral view.
Well and good, vocalist and chief songwriter Joey Simeone says. “But we’re a rock and roll band. People are obsessed with categories, sub-genres. We check into a hotel, and the guy or girl behind the desk asks what kind of music we play. ‘Rock and roll.’ Then they ask what I mean by that. Well…
“…Let’s see. There’s elements of country music, rhythm and blues. There’s some improvisation on stage that I guess you could say is jazz-inspired. Throw in some gospel…plenty of melodies coming out of older pop tunes. That adds up to rock and roll, last time I checked. If we’re not re-inventing the wheel, I’d rather get to work than worry about renaming it.”
DougFest features Shandon Sahm!
Nowadays an artist like Doug Sahm would probably be called a hyperactive or workaholic as the singer, guitar wizard (guitar, steel guitar, mandolin and violin) and songsmith was somebody who crossed the borders between country, blues, influences from the British invasion, Honky Tonk und Psychedelia. Sahm who was born on November 6, 1941, in San Antonio, Texas, today is regarded as one of the forefathers of Tex-Mex because he mixed all these influences with Mexican elements like Conjunto.
And all these varieties he cultivated mostly at the same time in parallel conducted bands.
Of course, the name Doug Sahm is being connected with the legendary Sir Douglas Quintet which became immortal with classics like “Mendocino”, “She’s About A Mover” and “Dynamite Woman”. Or with the band Texas Tornados which are still are on tour up to this day, even after the early death of their mastermind on November 18, 1999, now lead by Shawn Sahm, a son of Sir Doug. But there was another combo, one that has been a bit forgotten – probably due to its short time of existence – totally unjustified: the Texas Mavericks from the second half of the Eighties. Rockabilly and rock’n’roll of the late Fifties delivered the pattern that Sahm and his companions adopted and played in their very own character.