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Friday, August 14, 2009

8/16: California ’66 at the Beachland

Posted By on Fri, Aug 14, 2009 at 8:00 AM

If the first great tremor of the rock revolution emanated from Memphis in the form of a truck driver named Elvis and the second as mop-topped legions from across the Atlantic, then the third major rumbling of rock surely began in the bowels of earthquake-friendly California. Freakish and frequently pharmacologically charged wild men from L.A. and San Fran were dosing the airwaves with strange new sounds. And if terms like “underground” and “psychedelic” weren’t yet fixed in the heartland’s vocabulary in 1966, aspiring rockers who lived there were catching the vibe. If the kids in the garage next door were working on the Stones’ “Paint It Black” or the Kinks’ “You Really Got Me,” Love’s version of “My Little Red Book” or the Seeds’ “Pushin’ Too Hard” could quite likely follow. Celebrating those sounds is a revue that has survived more than the cancellation of one original headliner, the Electric Prunes, and the death in June of another, Seeds vocalist Sky Saxon. The 21st-century edition of Love, comprising original lead guitarist Johnny Echols and Love’s departed leader Arthur Lee’s last backup crew, Baby Lemonade, now tops the bill, which also includes guitarist Jerry Miller from the iconic ’60s San Francisco group Moby Grape. Cleveland’s own recently reformed ’60s garage-rocker the Alarm Clocks open. If terms like “four way” and “double dome” have particular meaning for you, this is your show. The show starts at 8 p.m. at the Beachland Ballroom (15711 Waterloo Rd., 216.383.1124). Tickets: $15. — Duane Verh

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