Brian Setzer's Rockabilly Riot
with Kerry Pastine and the Crime Scene
June 12 | 7:30 pm
Amphitheatre, General Admission
$55 GA Covered, $35 GA Lawn
Early Access Seating Available – More Info
Iconic guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and 3-time Grammy-award-winner Brian Setzer is a "Musician's Musician" credited with continually taking chances with innovative and daring musical styles. Setzer is widely credited for taking two forgotten genres, rockabilly and swing, adding his own blend of gunpowder and rockin’ style, and completely reinventing and single-handedly resurrecting them in the process. Along the way, he has scored chart-topping hits, sold 13 million records and received the Orville H. Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award throughout his decorated career as founder/leader of the Stray Cats, his 19-piece Brian Setzer Orchestra, and as a solo artist. He is consistently cited as one of the world’s greatest living guitarists, and has a best-selling, extensive line of elite Gretsch signature model guitars bearing his name. Brian appeared in the 1987 film, La Bamba, portraying rockabilly pioneer Eddie Cochran. In 2002, Brian earned the privilege of being one of the few musicians to be animated in an episode of The Simpsons. That same year, Setzer was personally requested to induct Chet Atkins into the 17th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Setzer had the honor of being invited in 2006 to perform at the White House for the President of the United States. In 2014,Setzer received the distinct honor of being asked by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. to donate a replica of his original 1959 Gretsch 6120 Stray Cat guitar, joining an elite collection of iconic treasures at the museum.
Since the release of their album Let's Do This Thing, Kerry Pastine and the Crime Scene have taken the national roots music scene by storm, spending most of the past two years touring North America. From sweaty, sold-out small clubs to sharing the main stage of the Bohemian Nights New West Festival with the Steve Miller Band, the Crime Scene shows no signs of slowing down. "The vintage tones swing and punch -- like Joan Jett backed by the Stray Cats," noted Pandora when naming Let's Do This Thing their Pick of the Week. Less than 3 months after the release of Let's Do This Thing, the band delivered an eight song holiday EP, It's a Crime Scene Christmas. Stubby's House of Christmas declared, "Every song is an original and every one is a winner. Kerry and company leave the bigger names in the dust. Kerry Pastine is Wanda Jackson, Patsy Cline, Grace Slick and Ann Wilson all rolled into one." The band released a new single "Bad Magic Baby" on Record Store Day (April 22, 2017) and they are currently putting the finishing touches on a new EP set for release in early Summer 2017.
Kerry Pastine (vocals), Pauly Six (guitar), Lance Romance (upright bass) and Mad Dog (stand-up drums) are believers in mixing ideas from the past into something new, fun and exciting. There are elements of rockabilly, jump blues, classic soul and garage rock all spun together in an intoxicating original sound that fans are calling a "roots rock & roll party." Party is definitely the name of the game for the Crime Scene. Their songs are born from that magical feeling when a band gets together and the union feels like fate. All of the pieces simply fall into place and the result is a joyful celebration of life, love and hazy nights filled with live music, friends and just a hint of danger.
One of those hazy nights is captured perfectly in the video for Let's Do This Thing. The video caught fire, landing the Crime Scene on television, radio and stages across the U.S. The Fox 31 Everday Show featured the video for their Viral Video spot where hosts Chris Parente and Kathie J commented, "I love this! I could not believe their sound. I thought, 'They have to be [from] L.A.' They are going places!" While on tour in Nashville, the band was invited to the 515 Studio for a televised interview on Nashville Entertainment Weekly where they talked about their "incredible" video and how their unique sound sets them apart from other artists and bands in the "Americana" genre. As Longmont Magazine points out, "Its rockabilly with a Patti Smith attitude. Theyre good. Really good. The music market really is ripe for some rock and roll, so they well may be on their way to bigger venues and locations."
Bigger venues and locations are exactly where Kerry Pastine and the Crime Scene plan on heading for the rest of 2017. Past shows have included many major festival appearances and shows with The Record Company, Shakey Graves, Cracker, The Fabulous Thunderbirds and the legendary Dick Dale. The Crime Scene has an impressive Summer 2017 schedule lined up and will be touring in support of their upcoming EP. The band thrives on hard work, writing songs and bringing those songs to as many people as possible. It's time for the rest of the world to DO this thing with Kerry Pastine and the Crime Scene!
The sound is at once familiar, but modern. Vintage, but cutting edge. This ride isn't an old Cadillac. Kerry Pastine and the Crime Scene is a souped-up hot rod with bulletproof glass, a modern chassis and a shiny new engine. The perfect vehicle for a life of crime and musical performances born of sin.