Mike Madriaga 2:12 p.m., June 24
Return of the Crawdaddys & Unknowns: Casbah Sept. 2 and 3
The Che Underground presents two classic local garage bands reuniting on two consecutive nights at the Casbah: the Crawdaddys (September 2 with offbeat Beatles tribute the Baja Bugs and the Amandas) and the Unknowns (September 3 with the Sidewalk Scene and the Comeuppance).
“Anyone who had the opportunity to see the Unknowns play had an unforgettable experience,” says San Diego musician and historian Ray Brandes on the http://www.cheunderground.com website. “Crisp, staccato drumming and the dripping-wet reverberation of Mosrite guitars through Fender amplifiers was punctuated by the yips and howls of the legendary melodramatic lead singer, Bruce Joyner, who sang from a chair or aided by a cane, looking every bit like a down-home Barnabas Collins in search of fresh blood.”
The Unknowns performed a previous reunion gig at the Casbah in January, 2010.
The Crawdaddys spent last Memorial Day weekend shooting at the Rhino Pop Up Store with filmmaker Eric Rife, in preparation for their reunion show.
The original Crawdaddys lineup formed in 1978, inspired by British rhythm-and-blues groups of the early 1960s, such as the Pretty Things and Rolling Stones. The original lineup included singer Ron Silva, bassist Mark Zadarnowski, guitarist Steve Potterf, and drummer Dan McLain. Potterf and Silva were both in the similar garage band the Hitmakers,
The quartet signed to Voxx records in 1979, releasing an album the following year and a 45 and EP in 1980. They soon fractured with various Silva-fronted lineups taking the band through 1984.
Potterf left the group after recording the first Crawdaddys LP, leaving Silva as head Crawdad. Unfortunately, the group's sound took a slight dive in aggression level as a result. Later lineups included guitarist Peter Miesner, keyboard player Keith Fisher, and drummer Gordon Moss.
McLain, later known as Country “Dick” Montana, passed away in 1995 while on tour with the Beat Farmers. Potterf apparently stopped making music.
Many early Crawdaddys recordings were mastered by Stan Ross, who mastered "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" for Iron Butterfly and worked with Phil Spector.
One version of the band reunited on June 10, 2011, headlining the sixth annual Go Sinner Go festival in Spain.
The 2011 Crawdaddys features Silva and Zadarnowski alongside members from slightly later lineups: guitarist Peter Miesner, keyboard player Keith Fisher, and drummer Gordon Moss.
The last time Zadarnowski, a South Park resident, and Silva, who currently resides in Los Angeles, performed together was in 1993, at the now-defunct venue Bodie’s downtown.
Tickets available at http://www.casbahmusic.com: $20 for one night, $35 for both shows.