The Dusty 45’s w/ Men From Tolex
More fun than human’s should be allowed to have
August 22, 2015 · 8:00pm
These guys have been here several times before and we LOVE having them back. Let’s just say their set involved a trumpet set on fire… Seriously.
The Dusty 45s
Seattle’s Dusty 45s have a reputation for firing up the crowd. They deliver their rockin’, high-energy music at just the right throttle to keep fans on their feet, begging for more. Over the years, the group has devoured styles ranging from twang country, jump blues, surf, and pure rock & roll, mixed-in elements from influences such as Dixieland and Jazz, and now serve-it-up as a sizzling sound all their own. With two wailing electric guitars, a slappin’ upright bass and some guaranteed knock-down drumming, they take it to 11 with a blazing trumpet.
Singer/songwriter and front man Billy Joe Huels leads the band with an engaging, charismatic stage presence, a rippin’ guitar, and a trumpet which serves as an extension of himself. By the end of the show, the trumpet ends up on fire, literally. His original songs are delivered with panache by Seattle’s finest roots-rock wrecking crew: Jerry Battista on lead guitar, Kelly Van Camp on drums, and Jeff Gray on upright bass. The quartet was tapped to back ‘The Queen of Rockabilly” and recent Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, Wanda Jackson, in support of her blazing, Jack White-produced record. This past summer they toured throughout the West with Ms. Jackson, opening for Grammy winning artist Adele.
The Dusty 45s have been thrilling crowds for over a decade. The readers of the Seattle Weekly voted them “Best of Seattle” 3 years in a row. In 2007 Huels enchanted the theater crowd, starring as Buddy Holly in Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theater’s production of “The Buddy Holly Story.”
With a deep discography, thousands of miles on the tour van odometer, and a committed fan base in the western US and Europe, the Dusty 45s are a professional, talented band with a creative fire that burns bright.
Men From Tolex
A talented four-piece all instrumental band based in Lancaster PA with a unique repertoire of 1st wave surf classics and early rock from the 1950’s and 60’s. Their sets deliver true surf instros that echo the pounding waves of the Banzai Pipeline.
All four members of the band share a love of the reverb saturated guitars and driving drum beats of bands like The Ventures, The Chantay’s, Dick Dale, Duane Eddy and Link Wray to name just a few. Although Men from Tolex is a relatively new band on the scene, the members have decades of experience as performing musicians as well as stage and sound technicians.
The band is composed of Dirk Kahuna (lead guitar), Durk Shagnasty (rhythm guitar), Derk Zeurklander (drums) and the Reverend Larry Kramer (bass). A key element is the band’s ability to capture the unique and “feel” of the early 60s surf instrumentals and rock music. The use of Stratocaster, Jaguar, the unique “Dencaster” guitars pushed through Fender amps with a thick coat of reverb are key to capturing the original essence of spaghetti westerns, pristine surf and garage/spy music.
In their short tenure as a band, Men from Tolex has amassed a loyal following of classic instro surf fans. Work is underway to produce their first recordings of both surf covers and original tracks. Their unique sound is in demand and the calendar is filling up with local and regional shows so join the wave and let Men from Tolex bring that intoxicating, thunderous, 60’s surf and rock experience to you.