Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The Sportsmen’s Tavern is proud to announce the following “Private Party Series” shows:

Sun. Aug. 17th - John Cowan Band @ 4:00PM - $25.00 -
Wed. Aug. 20th - Jimmy Calire & The Project @ 8:00PM - $10.00 -
Wed. Aug. 27th - Tom Hambridge @ 8:00PM - $20.00 -
Wed. Sept. 17th - founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, John McEuen @ 8:00PM - $20.00 -
Tues. Sept. 23rd - Gurf Morlix @ 7:30PM - $10.00 -
Wed. Sept. 24th & 25th - Country Rock Legends, Poco @ 8:00PM - $50.00
Mon. Sept. 29th - Maria Muldaur @ 8:00PM - $20.00 -
Sun. Nov. 30th - Professor Louis & The Cromatix @ 4:00PM - $15.00

Fri Aug. 1st - The Steam Donkeys @ 5:30-8:30PM - Happy Hour - - Sneaky Pete featuring Pete Howard @ 9:30PM
Sat. Aug. 2nd - John & Mary & The Valkyries @ 9:30PM -
Sun. Aug. 3rd - Hellbound Glory from Reno NV @ 5:00PM -

Outlaw country is alive and kickin'! Just listen to the raw country twang of Hellbound Glory and you will feel like you're rubbing elbows with the likes of Merle, Waylon, David Allen Coe and Hank III. The band formed in 2004 and has since played with such notable acts as David Allen Coe, Jessie Colter, Junior Brown and Wayne Hancock. Hailing from Reno, NV Hellbound Glory is shakin' things up in honky-tonks and dive bars bringing the gospel of scumbag country to any who will listen as they roll through town after town.

Mon. 8/4, 11, 18, 25 - Open Mic w/ Dee Adams @ 9:00PM -
Tues. 8/5,12, 19, 26 - The Insiders featuring John Culliton Mahoney
Thurs. 8/7 - Gretchen Schultz & The Morvels @ 8:30PM
Fri. 8/8 - The Insiders featuring John Culliton Mahoney @ 9:30PM
Sat. 8/9 - Royal Tease @ 9:30PM
Wed. 8/13 - The John Noto Quintet @ 8:00PM -
Fri. 8/15 - Stone Country @ 9:30PM
Sat. 8/16 - Flatbed & All Hank Band @ 9:30PM -
Sun. 8/17 - Private Party Series show w/The John Cowan Band @ 4:00PM - $25.00 - Give a listen to the John Cowan Band live @ the Sportsmen's Tavern
Wed. 8/20 - Private Party Series show w/ The Project featuring Jimmy Calire @ 8:00PM - $10.00 -

Jimmy Calire
Musician, Composer, Arranger & Teacher, Piano, Hammond B3, Saxophones

Jimmy Calire has had an extraordinary and versatile career. In the late 60’s he was a member and principal writer of the legendary “Raven” a Buffalo, New York based band that went on to become a favorite of musicians all around the country.

Playing keyboards and saxophone, he toured world wide for several years with the group “America”. Jimmy, his wife Donna and three young sons moved to Ojai, California in the late 70’s.

He studied composition and arranging with his mentor, Leroy Holmes, who was renowned as an arranger for Harry James, Della Reese, and as a founder of Everest Records.

Jimmy has recently worked as musical director for the Ojai Art Center, and has received rave reviews for his work in several productions including “My Fair Lady”, “Guys & Dolls”, “Big River”, and “Beggars, The Musical”, which featured his original songs and played to packed houses.

He has served as band leader and arranger for the Bowlful of Blues All Star house band, backing many of the headliners who appear there.

In 2003 Jimmy was named a “Living Treasure” by Ojai Rotary Club.

A musician’s musician, Jimmy is at home playing or writing in all styles from tough roadhouse shuffling and Boogie Woogie to string quartets and straight ahead jazz.
He is equally at home in piano trios Hammond B3 groups, guitar based blues bands, Orchestra, Big Bands or solo. His unique voice is evident in any setting. Raven (almost famous) going over the set list prior to the big gig

Thurs. 8/21 The Hillbilly Hellcats rockabilly from Denver CO. @ 8:00PM -

The life and sounds of the new millennium come crashing into those of the fifties in the songs of this modern rockabilly trio. Coming from a state known for its tie-dyed bands, Colorado's Hillbilly Hellcats tell stories of skateboards and hippies, as well as white trash, whiskey and trailer parks. Both of the bands CD releases have received extensive college airplay, charting for weeks in the College Music Journal's lists. The disks both feature the guest drumming of Taz Bentley, known for his playing on the first three Reverend Horton Heat albums.

Take one part Reverend Horton Heat, one part Southern Culture on the Skids, one part Stray Cats, one part Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps and one part Dick Dale, put it all in a tall dirty glass and add a few shots of Everclear, then swallow The Hillbilly Hellcats if you dare. The Hellcats' chops and energy levels rival - and in some cases best - the sum of their influences.

Where the majority of rockabilly acts are simply nostalgia merchants, The Hillbilly Hellcats, fronted by Chuck Hughes, do something more: they write songs that use vintage elements to touch on contemporary topics. Better yet, the combo's awesome riffing and pedal-to-the-metal rhythm section inspire rockers and swingers alike to shake their tail feathers.

Guitarist Chuck Hughes and bassist Lance Romance formed the band in 1994, after previously playing rockabilly standards together. They also write all of the band's material. Building on these influences, along with all the other music that has come since the rockabilly heyday of the 50's, the band has created a sound that is a "well rounded mix of rockabilly, swing, bluegrass and a bit of punk". Many songs in MP3 format are available from the band's website.

The Hillbilly Hellcats are:
Chuck Hughes - Guitar, Vocals
Lance Bakemeyer - Bass, Vocals
Chris Karlen - Road Drummer

Fri. 8/22 The Slags from Seattle WA - Happy Hour @ 5:30-8:30PM - - The Sportmen @ 9:30pm
Sat. 8/23 Pete Worden & The Hard timers @ 9:30PM -
Wed. 8/27 Private Party Series show w/ Tom Hambridge & the Rattlesnakes @ 8:00PM - $20


A native son of Buffalo, New York, Tom started playing drums at the age of 5 and was in his first band, Undertow, in the 3rd grade. Tom's formal education began with a scholarship at Boston's world famous Berklee School of Music, where he frequently returns as a guest lecturer. After years of touring the world and performing with many of the biggest names in the business (Chuck Berry, Roy Buchanan, Boston, Hank Williams Jr., The Drifters and many more), Tom set his sights on Nashville where he lives and works today as a producer, songwriter, and performer.

Soon after arriving, Hambridge signed a publishing deal with international giant EMI, and he's enjoyed remarkable success with countless songs used in major motion pictures, television and by many legendary recording stars including: Buddy Guy, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Montgomery Gentry, Billy Ray Cyrus, Gretchen Wilson, George Thorogood, Joe Nichols, Rodney Atkins, Van Zant and Johnny Winter. Tom wrote four songs on Delbert McClinton's Grammy award winning CD, "The Cost of Living". He also received the 2007 ASCAP Song of the Year for co-writing Keith Anderson's smash hit "Every Time I Hear Your Name". His drumming can be heard on the Ashley Cleveland's 2008 Grammy Award winning album "Before the Daylight's Shot".
As a Producer, he's worked with many of the best in the business. He received a 2005 Grammy® nomination for his role as Producer of Johnny Winter's newest recording "I'm a Bluesman." His most recent project involves producing a star-studded group of musicians including Eric Clapton, Derek Trucks and Robert Randolph on the latest Buddy Guy CD, Skin Deep released in July, 2008 .

In addition he produced Susan Tedeschi's Platinum-selling, Grammy®-nominated "Just Won't Burn" CD. Tom wrote her Top 10 Triple A hits "Rock Me Right" and "It Hurt So Bad." He has co-produced and written songs on George Thorogood's last three CDs, one of which debuted as #1 on the Billboard Blues Album Charts. Much to his kids' delight, Tom has recorded vocals on tracks for two smash DISNEY hits, "Cars" (2006) and "Ratatoulie" (2007.)

If that's not enough, Tom's released 4 critically acclaimed solo CD's (Still Running, Balderdash, Bang 'n' Roll and Tom Hambridge and the Rattlesnakes Live!) and actively tours with his solo band, Tom Hambridge and The Rattlesnakes.

Thurs. 8/28 The Mark Winsick Band @ 8:00PM -
Fri. 8/29 Chilblains @ 9:30PM
Sat. 8/30 The Hi-Risers from Rochester NY @ 9:30PM -

The Hi-Risers play energetic, song-oriented rock'n'roll. Formed in 1997, the founding members are Greg Townson (vocals, guitar) and Todd Bradley (vocals, bass). Jason Smay joined the band on drums in 2002. The band has recorded six CD'S, "Panic", "In The Spotlight", "Lost Weekend", "That Rock & Roll Beat", "The Fine Art Of Making Mistakes" and their latest "Once We Get Started". They also collaborated with Kaiser George (leader of The Kaisers) on the recent release "Transatlantic Dynamite" and Eddie Angel (Los Straitjackets/The Neanderthals) on "Eddie Angel Meets The Beatles." In addition, they've contributed recordings to numerous compilations.

The Hi-Risers have played to enthusiastic audiences in a wide variety of venues, including upscale niteclubs, country joints, blues clubs, punk dives, and outdoor family oriented festivals. They've toured the US frequently and have been well received in Europe. Although The Hi-Risers consider themselves a rock & roll band, you will also hear rockabilly, rhythm and blues, country, doo-wop and surf in their music.

Todd Bradley and Greg Townson began their musical partnership nearly twenty years ago. In addition to playing hundreds of shows together and releasing two records with The Essentials and The Salamanders, they've recorded with Rock'n'Roll Hall-of-Famer Hank Ballard, jazz legend Bill Doggett, James Brown's bandleader Pee Wee Ellis, and soul great John Ellison. On stage they have backed up everyone from Bo Diddley to Delbert McClinton. They have shared bills with such diverse acts as NRBQ, The Ramones, and many, many others. Todd and Greg's recordings have been reviewed favorably in Billboard, Guitar Player, Option, Cool and Strange Music, Blue Suede News and many other music publications.

The appeal of the Hi-Risers is probably best expressed by a bar patron who, after hearing the band for the first time, declared "you would have to be a total jerk not to love this band!"

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