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The Bonedaddys returning to Valley after hiatus

May 2nd, 2019 development
The Bonedaddys returning to Valley after hiatus


They’re a band of brilliant misfits.

L.A.’s original “Worldbeatniks,” The Bonedaddys, take a wide stance stylistically, claiming musical influences from Charles Ives to Burl Ives – and much in-between.

The common musical denominator is a soulful, fun, party ambiance.

They’ve been together since 1984, although there have been a few moving chairs and one hiatus, and they say their songs are “designed to move butts of all persuasions” as they serve up their wild mix in an unstoppable, sweat-ridden orgy of rhythm onstage.

So fasten your seat belts for what promises to be a rollicking Lakeshore Music season finale with The Return of The Bonedaddys at 7:30 p.m. May 18 at Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe.

The show will be moved out of the intimate Lakeside Room that usually is the venue for Lakeshore Music’s quieter jazz guests and into the spacious TCA Main Auditorium.

The Bonedaddys play Latin, R&B, funk, ska, reggae, spouge and spaghetti western.

The group includes  Kaspar Abbo: Lead vocals, song writing and occasional guitar; Marcus Watkins, who cut musical teeth with The Bonedaddys when he was too young to be in clubs; Phil Gough: Guitars and vocals and the “Tiki King and long-time Pillar of Guitar Fire in The Bonedaddys community”; Jay Work: Saxophones and vocals described as a “stalwart reed man and strong background vocalist”; Rick Moors, who “when performing, his toes look a lot like his fingers”; and Casey Jones, drums and vocals and “now is driving The Bonedaddys’ train rhythmically”; and Mike Tempo, percussionist and the founder of the group.

After releasing their sixth album, “Waterslide,” in 2007, they came out of hibernation with 2014’s “Big Thunder” and followed it a year later with “A-Koo-De-A!”

The Bonedaddys last played in Arizona in 1989 to a sold-out crowd at Mesa Amphitheatre.

Woody Wilson, founder, president and executive producer of Lakeshore Music, said, “The Bonedaddys created a cult following in Phoenix after a series of small shows in Tempe and one big blowout concert at the Mesa Amphitheatre in 1989. That Mesa show, which I produced, was my first large-venue concert.”

“I thought this year was time to bring The Bonedaddys back to Phoenix for a reunion,” Wilson added. “Their music, which is a signature sound of the L.A. Afro-pop scene, has endured for more than 35 years in clubs and festivals throughout Southern California, and it’s still as fresh and creative as it was in 1989. This show will be an epic finale for our season at TCA.”

They have played for or with Bo Diddley, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Blues Traveler, John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Hot Tuna, The Indigo Girls, Jefferson Starship, Joan Jett, The Neville Brothers, Oingo Boingo, Tito Puente, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Paul Revere & the Raiders, David Lee Roth, Carlos Santana, The Tubes, Mary Wilson and Warren Zevon.

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