Dash Rip Rock coming to Brewing Station [Concert Preview]
SPIN Magazine called them “undeniably the South’s greatest rock band” and now New Orleans legends and Louisiana Music Hall of Famers Dash Rip Rock are set to turn up the volume and paint the town red at Outer Banks Brewing Station this Saturday, February 25th!
The New York Times recently declared that Dash Rip Rock is “the kind of band that provides a lesson in American rock-and-roll history wrapped up in a party package. Skillful musicians with a penchant for getting reliably wild, the group mixes up rockabilly, blues and country stomp for a guaranteed good time.”
Formed as a rockabilly 3-piece in Baton Rouge, Louisiana during the summer of 1984, the band took their name from a minor character on The Beverly Hillbillies. In the classic television series, “Dash Riprock” was the most prominent of Elly May’s wannabe boyfriends.
The band’s lineup has undergone several changes over the years, but has always been built around founding member and singer-guitarist Bill Davis, often credited with creating the musical genre known as “Country Punk.”
The band gleefully poked fun at the 1990s resurgence of Grateful Dead-style jam bands, calling out Edie Brickell and New Bohemians, Spin Doctors, Drivin N Cryin, and Widespread Panic among others, in their tongue-in-cheek parody of Danny and the Juniors’ “At the Hop” that they christened, “Let’s Go Smoke Some Pot.”
Released in 1995, it became a staple of the band’s live shows and a nationwide radio hit that has since been covered by many bands.
Although the song has been adopted by some as a pro-marijuana anthem, and was even ranked No. 17 in High Times Magazine ‘s “Top 25 Pot Songs of All Time,” it was actually intended to make fun of the resurgent popularity of those “retro” jam bands named in the lyrics, some of which openly admitted to smoking marijuana.
In 2010 Dash Rip Rock’s song “Johnny Ace” was featured in the hit video game Rock Band. Watch the player below to check it out!
Bill Davis also appears in the new documentary Outside Industry: The Story of SXSW, which premiered at the 2011 SXSW (South by Southwest) Film Festival. You can view a trailer below!
Most recently, on January 7, 2012, Dash Rip Rock was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.
Showtime this Saturday is 10pm.
For more information call the Brewing Station at (252) 449-2739.