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Live Music With Carnaby 4

August 3 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Attention Mods and Rockers! February 1964 – The Beatles play “I Want to Hold Your Hand” on The Ed Sullivan Show, smashing rating records, and generating frenzied fan response. The song soars to #1 as the British Invasion begins in a spectacular blur of screaming fans, wild guitars, and concerned authorities. What brilliant fun! Carnaby 4 bring together the sonic essence, colour, and beat of 1960s British rock music. From The Yardbirds to The Rolling Stones to The Beatles to The Kinks, Carnaby 4 play a fantastical mix of your favourite 60s rock, soul and mod, with an added dash of vintage surf tunes to complete the swinging good times. All accomplished musicians, the 4 mates who comprise the band have been playing together in various incarnations on the San Francisco music scene for many years. Carnaby 4 bring an authentic experience, which comes not just from their close attention to musical detail and the exuberant energy they put into their performance, but also from their love of the vintage gear, clothes and vibe of the era. Lead vox and guitar player Paul Stinson observes “I love singing so many of these songs because you can see people in the audience singing and dancing along and we draw on that energy in our performances.” Jason Fessel, who handles lead guitar in Carnaby 4, notes “Getting the vintage guitar sounds of Pete Townshend, Jimi Page, George Harrison (and so many others) never gets old for me. I love exploring all the various stylistic approaches to the instrument that were happening back then.” The British groups, of course, were hugely inspired by American blues and R&B, and Carnaby 4 bassist John Dumont observes “Not only are lots of the bass lines from these songs super-soulful, but I love singing the background harmonies. People love good vocal harmonies, and the melodies are so catchy.” The impact the British Invasion had on music, and especially the reintroduction to Americans of much of their own musical history, is still felt today. Carnaby 4 drummer Randy Leasure noted “The beauty of playing like Keith Moon from The Who is that you can’t ever over play any of the parts, he was a one of a kind drummer and fashion animal behind the kit!” So pop down to your local and catch Carnaby 4, San Francisco’s premier British Invasion era purveyors of paisley and proper rock. Right then, carry on.


August 3
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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