Mucca Pazza, Thee Swank Bastards

Mucca Pazza

Thee Swank Bastards

Wed, April 5, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Las Vegas, NV

$12.00 - $15.00

This event is 21 and over

Mucca Pazza - (Set time: 10:30 PM)
Mucca Pazza
MUCCA PAZZA assembled itself in a steel mill parking lot along the Chicago river.. Combining marching band traditions and street theater experience with rock band sensibilities, Mucca Pazza quickly found a home for its 30-odd members in the thriving Chicago underground music scene. Their eccentric, frenetic visual presence, and genre-bending original compositions earned them critical praise and a loyal local following. Before long, with their live show’s reputation preceding them, Mucca Pazza began to branch out nationally, appearing on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, WFMU, and the Kentucky Derby, as well as supporting major national acts and performing at numerous national music festivals like Lollapalooza, Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors and the Montreal Jazz Fest.

“Ceci n’est pas une Marching Band”

Despite the drums and brass, cheerleaders and uniforms, Mucca Pazza seldom marches, musically or physically. The uniforms do not match. The cheers are strange. There are no recognizable patterns, no discernible formations, no militant airs. However, the force and presence of a marching band remain, both sonically and theatrically. The brass harmony, rich and powerful, the drums, tight and idiosyncratic, combine as a sum greater than its parts. The band might even move from point A to point B. But this is where similarities end. Mucca Pazza dances, flails, tumbles, and spins in circles. Amplified by speaker helmets, the freak section wields violins and cellos, accordions and guitars - instruments that have no business whatsoever being in a marching band. The cheerleaders rouse, encourage and confound the audience with asynchronous absurdity. The music moves from Balkan to brass band groove to noise-rock to avant-garde game show themes without missing a step. Performances can induce geeky freak-outs and nerdy rapture, from either audience or band members, often both. The American tradition of the marching band - whether as presidential entourage, half-time show, or second line party favor - receives both fresh love and artful abuse from Mucca Pazza.

It takes more than gravity to keep Mucca Pazza sitting in chairs; it takes music stands and artistic discipline to keep the members of this mobile orchestra from bounding out of their seats and into the audience. Dressed for a formal affair in pastels and dinner jackets, this composers’ collective draws inspiration from Ellington, Esquivel, and Zappa, for a headier, swankier set than their usual off-the-chain rockers. The careful listener may recognize a movement by Stravinsky or a theme by Morricone, or the somehow-familiar soundtrack to a nonexistent film. Still staying true to their mobile roots, Mucca Pazza embodies the music, making their intricate compositions and lush cinematic arrangements visually accessible to all audiences. Cheerleaders, now Masters of Ceremony, play host to a set that will surely incite future and former band geeks to rescue instruments from dust bunnies, lockers and local pawn shops.
Thee Swank Bastards
Thee Swank Bastards
The desert oasis of Las Vegas isn't the typical birthplace of supercharged surf rock, but Thee Swank Bastards are not your typical surf band. This land-locked playground may have Criss Angel, Celine Dion, acrobats, and the ghost of white-jumpsuit Elvis, but something it doesn't have is waves.

Thee Swank Bastards perform instrumental surf rock with all the swag of Old Vegas, bringing waves of sound to the desert. These are surf rockers with a wide appeal. They've rocked crowds as far east as the CBGB festival in New York and as far south as the Savannah Zombie Walk in Georgia. They've hit the Huntington Pier in Orange County, landed at the Haight Street Fair in San Francisco and found themselves performing at the Farmageddon Records music fest in West Yellowstone. Through their legendary Tiki Oasis performances, they have also become a fixture in the California tiki scene, performing up and down the coast for the tiki bar circuit.

Over five hundred shows sit underneath their tuxedos, with openings for Link Wray, The Surfaris, The Lively Ones, Southern Culture on the Skids, The Phantom Surfers, The Ghastly Ones, Deadbolt, The Lords of Altamont, Big Sandy, Satan's Pilgrims, The Killers and Jello Biafra & the Guantanamo School of Medicine to name a few.

An ensemble for over a decade, Thee Swank Bastards are entertainment experts with over four hours of surf rock at their disposal. They've released two full-length albums of original material, two live albums, and an album of Black Sabbath covers.

Coming from humble beginnings, Thee Swank Bastards always dress to impress in matching suits. With John Holod's dynamic drum patterns, Shaun Coleman's propulsive bass lines and Jesse Del Quadro's serpentine guitar licks, the Bastards provide a source of surf unlike any other. No matter where you're from, you'll have a hard time resisting the allure of their high energy performances.
Venue Information:
Bunkhouse
124 South 11th Street
Las Vegas, NV, 89101