This weekend, renowned Radiators guitarist and vocalist Dave Malone and will play two rare shows in California with popular old-school funk band the Terpsichords. The first show will take place on Saturday, August 1st in Los Angeles (Cafe Fais Do, 8 p.m.), the second on Sunday, August 2nd in Ocean Beach, San Diego (Winston’s, 5 p.m.)
Malone is one of the contemporary giants of New Orleans music. He spent almost 34 years as a guitarist and vocalist for the famed Radiators, New Orleans’ pre-eminent “fish-head” rock group. The band cultivated a ridiculously dedicated following, toured extensively, and backed such legends as Earl King and Professor Longhair.
As OffBeat writer John Swenson put it in a 2012 article, they “provided a soundtrack to the life of a big cross section of New Orleanians and an eccentric nexus to myriad strains of the city’s music history” until their 2011 break up.
(“Fish-head music,” for anyone that doesn’t know, is what they dubbed their funky, New Orleans-grown blend of rock, swamp-pop, R&B, and whatever else.)
In addition to his work with the Rads, Malone has led his own band, Monkey Ranch, and played with his brother and fellow-former-Radiator Tommy Malone as the Malone Rangers, and is also key to the group Raw Oyster Cult, along with fellow ex-Rads Frank Bua and Camile Baudoin. He’s been a guest musician for Allen Toussaint, Galactic, Cowboy Mouth, the Iguanas, Bonerama, and tons more.
At this week’s California shows, Malone will appear with the Terpsichords, a Los Angeles-based funk act that “brings authentic New Orleans cred to the venues of Southern California.” The band is led by platinum album-winning guitarist/producer Doug Grean, who spent a decade as a musician in New Orleans before eventually relocating to California and forming his Crescent-City-inspired band.
If you’re out west this weekend, this is the show to see!
Buy pre-sale tickets here.