COMBINED REPORTS - Amoeba Records, San Francisco CA, November 5 2000

From: Roland Garshol
Date: Sun, 12 Nov 2000 11:26:47 -0800
Subject: [hix] Amoeba Records

I went to Ameoba last Sunday to see the Hot Licks and since no one else has reported I will.  I haven't seen Dan Hicks since Berkeley Community Theatre in the early 70's and the first thing I noticed was there are more than a few hard miles on Dan since those days.  But, Dan was in fine form and he and the band really swung, and Dan provided quite a little wit, too.  For instance, he said one could find out about all the comings and goings of the band at!  Now, on with the show!

The playlist:

Canned Music
Where's The Money
I Scare Myself
Chattanooga Shoe Shine Boy
I Got A Capo On My Brain
My Cello
How Can I Miss You When You Won't Go Away
and finally, one I'd never heard before
Wild About My Lovin'

The short show was terrific and well worth the trip in from the suburbs and the pierced and tatooed human obstacle coursed one must deal with in the Haight.

I have been reading many posts on this Hix@egroups about where they would like to see Dan.  My two cents would have him perform at next years SF Blues Festival where I believe he and the band would be an eclectic fit ala "Asleep at the Wheel" and Rosie Flores, which have both been hits there over the last couple of years.  "I'll Tell You Why It Is", is very bluesy not to mention some oldies like "Payday Blues"


From: Kathy & Ken
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Date: Sun, 12 Nov 2000 12:28:05 -0800
Subject: Re: [hix] Amoeba Records

Additional notes to Roland's fine report of the Amoeba Records in-store appearance:

Band personnel were:
Brian Godchaux
Paul Robinson
Alan Gleeson
Susan Rabin
Annabelle Cruz

Dan sported a dapper red yachting cap, which gave him a nautical/Count Basie flair.  The band looked and sounded sharp, and it seemed like everyone was having a good time.

We noticed a table set up near the stage with slips to fill out to enter a drawing to win a autographed-by-Dan guitar.  It looked really real, not like one of Dan's jokes about "We'll be having the Big Guitar Giveaway during the next set".  Soon the prize guitar was brought out for display.  Dan had indeed signed it, adding a sketch of a palm tree, and "Keep on swingin'" underneath... quite a memento.  (For guitar buffs: it was a low-end acoustic Fender, but hey, these days that's *almost* a Guild.)  A nice fella who was genuinely thrilled won the prize.

It was great to look around the crowd and see such a diverse group enjoying DH&THL, ranging from people who knew Dan "back when" to young folks checking it out.  After the show, quite a few people queued up to have Dan sign their CDs.  Ken and I browsed the cavernous former bowling alley to see what we could find, as "Beatin' The Heat" in its entirety played over the PA.  We found a cassette of "Shootin' Straight".  The cashier's line was pretty long, but "I'll Tell You Why That Is" made the time fly by.

Re blues festival: Since Dan has played the Russian River Blues Festival it's not a stretch to have him at the SF Blues Festival.  RR Blues Fest was the first time we'd heard Dan & Co do "Wild About My Loving".  It was a 60s jug band standard, though I have to admit that my first exposure to it was by the Lovin' Spoonful.

Roland, do you think you might get into SF for the Great American Music Hall show?

Kathy & Ken