Live in The Atrium
Scott H. Biram
Jesse Dayton, Alien Knife Fight
1011 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA, 95060
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 8:30 PM
This event is 21 and over
Scott H. Biram
Scott H. Biram sings with the soul and conviction of a real hillbilly bluesman. Seasoned beyond his years, the 29 year old recreates the sounds and songs of the depression era (i.e. Leadbelly, Woody Guthrie, Son House, Mance Lipscomb, Big Joe Williams, Bill Monroe) while blending his own background of punk rock, rough edged country blues, and raunchy bluegrass. His music can be compared to other one-man band acts such as Bob Log III and Hasil Adkins. Scott's distinctive sound comes by way of a collection of beat-up amps and CB microphones accompanied by an overdriven footstomp board and a white trash yodel.
In January 2003 he was voted into Austin's Top 5 Best New Acts of 2002 by the Austin American Statesman. Biram's first release, This is Kingsbury? (2000), introduced him as a talented multi-instrumentalist who precariously balances traditional blues and raucous punk rock. Recently his original song "Truckdriver" from his second release Preachin' and Hollerin'(2002) was picked up by none other than Hank Williams III, and is scheduled to appear on Williams' next album. His third record, Lo-fi Mojo, was released in February 2003.
Biram frequently tours both the East and West coasts, the Midwest, New Mexico, Arizona, Oklahoma, Tennesee, Kentucky, and has become a local legend in Louisiana and Texas. He's scheduled to appear on television programs on FOX and ABC, as well as a nationally syndicated commercial for Jack Daniels Hard Cola in early 2003. Los Angeles based production company, Gallos Diablos (credits include The Sundance Film Festival), have begun filming a documentary about life on the road with Scott H. Biram. The working title is "Lost Case of Being Found" taken from the Biram original song, and is scheduled to be released in 2004.
Apparently Scott H. Biram will not die. On March 25th, 2003 he was involved in a horrific head-on collision with an eighteen wheeler, in which he suffered compound fractures in multiple limbs and severe internal damage. After a month in the hospital, 12 surgeries, and 4 months in a wheelchair, "Bounce Back" Biram has picked up where he left off--Preachin' and Hollerin'. In his first show back he played from a wheelchair, I.V. still dangling from his arm!
Biram holds his own while playing on bills including Hank Williams III, Fat Possum recording artists Cedell Davis and T-model Ford, The Gourds, Del McCoury, Peter Rowan, Wayne "The Train" Hancock, Toni Price, The Derailers, Dale Watson, Ian Moore, Daniel Johnston and The Bad Livers. Catch this rural Texas resident's unique shotgun approach to keeping dying old-time musical genres alive.
Jesse Dayton has been building a cult following around the globe playing festivals around North America and Europe for years with his guitar shredding, country-infused, Americana sound. As a critic's darling for his first record on Justice Records, Raisin' Cain (1995), and a number one Americana radio ranking, Jesse was hired at a young age to play lead guitar on some of the last recordings, and play live, by country legends Waylon Jennings, Ray Price, Johnny Bush, Willie Nelson & Glen Campbell and he's been featured in many guitar magazines.
Sensing a shift in the music business climate, Jesse formed his own label in 2002, Stag Records, and began his most prolific recording period. While recording five solo records, one duet record, one live record, all on Stag, as well as two soundtrack recordings (Devil's Rejects, Halloween 2) for rocker/director Rob Zombie, Jesse managed to act in movies and music videos, produce several projects for other artists, write two screenplays, and most recently produced his first writer/directorial movie role, "Zombex," starring Malcolm McDowell. All while performing over 150 dates per year with his ace touring band.
Jesse portrays legendary political satirist and novelist Kinky Friedman in the stage production, Becoming Kinky: The World According to Kinky Friedman. Jesse was cast immediately after his first audition. In 2012, he released a complete project of Kinky Friedman penned songs titled, "Jesse Sings Kinky," which opened a whole new chapter in the career of such a prolific artist. Today, he's putting the finishing touches on the soundtrack music for "Zombex." Down and dirty, southern swamp music, thicker than the New Orleans humidity. The music from "Zombex" brings Jesse's musical carnival ride full circle, and back to the Texas/Louisiana border where it all began.
Alien Knife Fight
Alien Knife Fight features bassist/vocalist/songwriter Monique Ortiz of the Boston bands A.K.A.C.O.D., and Bourbon Princess. Michael Howard is known as the bassist of Austin stoner rock band Bay Of Pigs, and backs Monique up on drums and vocals. Monique's 2-string slide bass playing along with Mike's primal, heavy handed drumming gives Alien Knife Fight their unique take on Low Rock (a term coined by Morphine front man Mark Sandman, to describe his minimal, groove-laden, slide bass-driven rock sound). In the fourteen years that Monique lived in Boston she collaborated heavily with Morphine saxophonist Dana Colley in A.K.A.C.O.D., and original Morphine drummer Jerome Deupree in Bourbon Princess. She has also collaborated with Mission Of Burma guitarist Roger Miller, and Treat Her Right guitarist David Champagne. Monique's gritty and soulful vocal stylings have drawn comparisons to Nina Simone, Johnette Napolitano, and Nick Cave. Her lyrics focus on the surreal, the subconscious, the abstract, often taking the audience on rolling journeys, like a slow train through mysterious dreams, dark landscapes, unexplained phenomena.
Duos may have come into popularity in the past decade, but Monique has been performing in the duo format for twenty years. Alien Knife Fight is a duo like no other. No sight gags, no gimmicks. This isn't music for everyone. This is music for voyagers.