Alt-rock bands Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker say goodbye to summer with the 10th edition of their annual Mojave Desert blowout, Campout. On Friday, sarcastic Santa Cruz merrymakers Camper Van Beethoven headline, uncorking tunes from their latest album, El Camino Real, a sort of musical travelogue through Southern California and Baja and a sunny counterpart to their 2013 ode to Northern California, La Costa Perdida. On Saturday night, following a set by Kyuss kingpin Brant Bjork, CVB lead singer David Lowery reconvenes Cracker with his longtime musical partner, Johnny Hickman, previewing songs from their upcoming album, Berkeley to Bakersfield. They'll be accompanied by Cracker's original rhythm section, Davey Faragher and Michael Urbano, and likely will revisit selections from their 1993 CD, Kerosene Hat, which was recorded in Pioneertown long before the area became hip. Also Friday, Sept. 12.
Sat., Sept. 13, 8 p.m., 2014
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