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Blue Cheer

With the Schwartz Brothers. Friday, November 24, at the Beachland Tavern.

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Blue Cheer's Dickie Peterson says his band has at least one thing in common with the James Gang: "Both bands play what I call 'lateral blues.'" This is Peterson's pet phrase for classic hippie-greaser funk, and he's right. From the pummeling psychedelic boogie of Blue Cheer's "Summertime Blues" to the post-Hendrix crunch captured on the Gang's Rides Again, no freedom-rock band outgrooved either of these beasts.

The Schwartz Brothers, hometown bar-rock legends, will open for the Cheer. And as any veteran rock fan can tell you, Glenn Schwartz preceded the mighty Joe Walsh as the James Gang's monster axeman, which can mean only one thing: Be prepared for a night of kick-ass lateral blues, man.

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