Jello Biafra & the Guantanamo School of Medicine

Jello Biafra & the Guantanamo School of Medicine

Tav Falco's Panther Burns, Snakearm, Peter Pan Speedrock, DJ Dennis Owens of The Goodfoot

Fri, October 30, 2015

9:00 pm

$20.00 - $22.00

This event is 21 and over

Jello Biafra & the Guantanamo School of Medicine
Inspired by Iggy Pop's 60Th birthday gig at the Warfield in San Francisco, Biafra laid plans for his own 50Th birthday party and finally decided it was time to start a band of his own. Ten years before he had been attempting the same thing with the likes of guitarist Ralph Spight (Victims Family,Freak Accident,Hellworms) and drummer Jon Weiss (Sharkbait,Horsey). They had also previously worked with basist Billy Gould (Faith No More) who was tapped for the new group. After cramming rehearsal for a month the four piece band known as Jello Biafra and the Axis Of Merry Evildoers took the stage in a sold-out two night stand at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall and subsequently spent the next 9 months in rehearsal for an album project. Before entering the studio, guitarist Kimo Ball (Freak Accident,Carneyball Johnson,Mol Triffid,Griddle) was recruited and the resulting twin guitar attack took the groups sound to new, noisier heights.

The quintet now known as Jello Biafra and The Guantanamo School of Medicine began recording tracks for the upcoming LP/CD entitled "The Audacity Of Hype"(Alternative Tentacles Records) slated for release in October 2009, produced by Biafra and engineered by Hip Hop legend and long time Jello co-conspirator Matt Kelley (Hieroglyphics,Tupac,Digital Underground,Victims Family) at Prairie Sun Recording in Cotati,CA and San Francisco's Hyde Street Studios.

For the past five years, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine have been ripping the faces off audiences throughout the Americas and Europe with a live show that gives a nod to the Dead Kennedy's frontman's past and updates his vision into the 21st century with a truckload of new material that leaves no question that this is not nostalgia.

Now, in 2013, Ralph Spight, Kimo Ball, Bass God Larry Boothroyd (Victims Family) and drummer Paul Della Pelle (Helios Creed, Nik Turner's Space Ritual, and Philly HC legends Ruin) provide a hellacious backing track to Biafra's more relevant than ever take on corruption, corporate McMedia making pop stars out of small-time crooks to shield the big ones, tabloid pop stars to lobotomize everyone else, our never-ending foreign-policy disasters, those lovely "End Times" believers, and much, much more.

Their fourth release and second full length, "White People and the Damage Done," to be released in April 2013 on Alternative Tentacles, finally brings the road tested line-up to the studio with Biafra penning the ultimate treatise on the "Age of Austerity" and who's really responsible for it.

In the twenty years that followed the demise of the Dead Kennedy's, Biafra has devoted himself to activism,spoken word tours, collaborations with musicians as diverse as Mojo Nixon, No Means No, DOA, Reverend Horton Heat, Melvins, formed Lard with Ministry's Al Jorgenson and many other musical projects, released more than 400 records (and counting!) on his Alternative Tentacles Records label, amassed the Library of Congress of Punk Rock and Exotica record collections, performed as a DJ, acted in several movies and ran for the Green Party nomination for President of the United States. Twice.

Truly an original, no matter your opinion of him and his work, no one can doubt his punk rock bona fides. If you're at a punk show (or any kind of show for that matter) in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond, he is there. In the front row. He's a huge fan and supporter of all things punk.

Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine is his first real band since the DK's and his new vision is as uncompromising as ever. 2013 will see JB&GSM at Coachella, their first Australian tour, in Europe and throughout North America.This ain't nostalgia. This is the real deal,kids. See you in the pit.
Tav Falco's Panther Burns
Tav Falco's Panther Burns
The master of a raw and shambolic fusion of rockabilly, blues, and fractured noise, Tav Falco was, along with the Cramps, one of the earliest purveyors of what would come to be known as psychobilly (though his version of the sound lacked the campy horror movie ambience others brought to it), and he anticipated the fractured but hard-hitting blueswailing of the Gories and the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion by close to a decade. Born in Arkansas, Falco moved to Memphis, TN, in 1973 and introduced himself to the city's creative community as a filmmaker and performance artist while supporting himself with a variety of odd jobs. While making documentary films on blues artists in Tennessee and Mississippi (including a piece on R.L. Burnside shot at his legendary juke joint in 1974), Falco was inspired to pick up the guitar, though his first on-stage performance with the instrument involved him destroying a six-string with a chainsaw.

In 1979, Falco put together the first version of his band the Panther Burns (named for a famous Tennessee plantation), a group whose revolving membership included Alex Chilton and James Luther Dickinson in its early incarnations. In 1981, Falco recorded his first album, Behind the Magnolia Curtain, which also included performances by Othar Turner & His Fife and Drum Band. The album won favorable critical notices, and Falco relocated to New York City, where he brought his frenetic roots music to the Big Apple's then-thriving no wave scene, which led to Falco's first and only major-label release, Blow Your Top, a 1982 EP issued by Chris Stein's Animal label. Throughout the 1980s and '90s, Falco began dividing his time between Europe and the United States, and released a slow but steady stream of recordings with shifting Panther Burns lineups while continuing to perform with dance and performance troupes and act periodically in films (including small roles in Downtown 81, Highway 61, and Great Balls of Fire). ~ Mark Deming, All Music Guide
Peter Pan Speedrock
Peter Pan Speedrock (PPS or PPSR in short) is a Dutch band from Eindhoven. It was founded in 1995 by guitarist Peter van Elderen. He was joined by drummer Bart Nederhand and bass player Bob Muileboom in making their first self titled album. After this album Muileboom was replaced by Bart Geevers, who would stay to be a permanent member. The trio is known for their honest, no-nonsense rock n' roll songs and has a good reputation when it comes to live shows. They are often joined by guest singer and stage clown 'Dikke Dennis' (Fat Dennis). Peter Pan Speedrock has grown out to be an established name in the Dutch rock n' roll scene
Venue Information:
Alex's Bar
2913 E Anaheim Street
Long Beach, CA, 90804