Flamin' Groovies

(((folkYEAH!))) Presents

Flamin' Groovies

Roy Loney & The Phantom Movers, The Cairo Gang

Sat · May 19, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$20 adv / $22 door

This event is all ages

Flamin' Groovies
Flamin' Groovies
The Flamin' Groovies’ story goes all the way back to 1965, when the band began as the Chosen Few in their hometown of San Francisco, California. After a name change and a self-released 10-inch album called Sneakers, which sold amazingly well, the band caught the attention of Columbia Records, who signed them and released their first real album, Supersnazz, on the Epic label. Their next two albums were released on the Kama Sutra label: Flamingo, and the now revered classic Teenage Head.

Lead singer Roy Loney then left the band and lead guitarist Cyril Jordan moved the group to England, with Chris Wilson (formerly of Loose Gravel) taking over as front man. They continued their style of straight-ahead guitar-driven rock n' roll but this time with a more 60's rather than 50's influence. A few singles on United Artists, recorded at the legendary Rockfield Studios in Wales with Dave Edmunds producing, followed in the early '70s. In '76 they signed to Sire Records, who released three true gems of power pop: Shake Some Action, Flamin' Groovies Now, and Jumpin' in the Night.

Shortly afterwards, Wilson moved to England and joined the Barracudas, and the Groovies continued into the early '90s touring Australia and Europe, putting out a fine-but-overlooked album called Rock Juice, and then finally called it quits. Jordan formed a new band called Magic Christian while Wilson released solo albums in Europe.

Jordan and Wilson reunited in 2013 and have been touring for the past four years, both nationally and internationally, and released their first single in decades last year on Burger Records, Crazy Macy.

In 2017, Jordan, Wilson and newly added bass player Chris von Sneidern and drummer Tony Sales toured in support of the band’s new album “Fantastic Plastic”. The band remain unstoppable as they embark on an international tour again in 2018. Fans have been delighted with what is being called "a dream set list," including original songs the band has never performed before onstage.
Roy Loney & The Phantom Movers
Roy Loney & The Phantom Movers
Roy Loney (vocals/guitar) - Roy is probably best known as the original singer/songwriter for San Francisco's Flamin' Groovies. Roy left the Groovies in 1971 (after four albums, including the cult classic "Teenage Head"), and spent a few years working in the business end of the record industry. He returned to the spotlight at the end of the Seventies with his new band Roy Loney & The Phantom Movers, which featured ex-Groovies Danny Mihm and James Ferrell, along with Larry Levy and Maurice Tani. The group released eight critically acclaimed albums. The current line-up features Loney, Levy, Tani & John Moreman on drums. Rockin' is still their business!

Larry Levy (guitar/vocals) - An original member of The Phantom Movers, Larry has played with Fat Blastoff, Johnny Perez and Frank Morin (of the Sir Doug Quintet), MX-80, Loose Change, and with a number of singers (guitar and piano).

Maurice Tani (bass/vocals) - An original member of The Phantom Movers, Maurice played in SF party bands Zasu Pitts Memorial Orchestra and Big Bang Beat. His current band, 77 El Deora just released their new album "The Lovers Card".

John Moremen (drums) - John has played with many bands (as guitarist and singer) including The Goats (drums), The Orange Peels (currently), Floatation Device (his band), and is featured on Matthew Sweet's new album (guitar).
The Cairo Gang
The Cairo Gang
The Cairo Gang is the songwriting outlet for musician Emmett Kelly from Los Angeles. Throughout its recorded career, The Cairo Gang has appeared live in various formats, including combinations of the massive creative well of the Chicago improvised scene, plus a two-plus years run as the band backing Bonnie “Prince” Billy. Since about 2012, it has made itself known mostly in the basements of Chicago and the greater Midwestern United States as a loud and raw, rock and roll band featuring Kelly’s chiming electric 12-string, the sledgehammer drums of Marc Riordan, Ryan Weinstein’s frenzied bass-lines, and gorgeous harmonic vocal and instrumental accompaniment of Sam Wagster and Gillian Lisee.. It has been reflective of a certain surrendering to the error and tenuous nature of arrangement, and the wet embrace of catharsis, improvisation, rock and roll and the spirit thereof, however physical or metaphysical.
Venue Information:
The Chapel
777 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA, 94110