The Ax Man Cometh
For a full, frenzied decade, Deke Dickerson's Guitar Geek Festival has rallied a mind-bending army of six-string pyrotechnicians, and this, the 10th and ostensibly final edition, is certainly no exception. A frantic adjunct to OC musician magnet the NAMM Show, this two-day conflagration kicks off Friday with appearances by the fiery, formidable southpaw soul strummer Barbara Lynn, the Lone Star state sensation prized for her unforgettably steamy 1962 lament "You'll Lose a Good Thing"; an ultra-rare visit from high-flying Alabama surf-instro bizarros Man or Astro-man?; a set from sensationally virtuoistic wah-wah innovator Del Casher, that wild cat who did the 1960s Hollywood scene from A-Z (by day as Gene Autry's Melody Ranch musical director, after dark as hired hand for Frank Zappa at the Whisky A Go Go); plus, natch, a turn by double-neck ax-slinger Dickerson himself. Saturday's show stomps and swings with a semi-reunion of The Randy Fuller Four (with Randy Fuller and surviving compadre Dewayne Quirico), with a significant additional blast of melodic mayhem from those brawling Nashville pickers Los Straitjackets and a climactic all-star jam session, which, considering the stellar pool of available NAMM attendees and this being the Geek Fest's ultimate incarnation, most assuredly is going to get completely out of hand. Anaheim Plaza Hotel, 1700 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim; Fri.-Sat., Jan. 25-26, 5 p.m.-1 a.m.; $50-$90. (714) 772-5900, dekedickerson.com/guitargeek.
Fri., Jan. 25, 5 p.m.-1 a.m.; Sat., Jan. 26, 2013
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