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Merry MexMas with El Vez and Los Straitjackets

El Vez rocks The Bowery Ballroom. (Photos copyright 2009, Steven P. Marsh)

The holidays have given Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone? plenty of shows to check out, but little time to say much about them. So today is catch-up day on one of the season’s most enjoyable holiday shows:  El Vez, the Mexican Elvis, and masked surf rockers Los Straitjackets.

El Vez and Los Straitjackets filled the Bowery Ballroom with their special brand of Christmas spirit on Saturday night, Dec. 5.

El Vez is serious.

It put an awesome new spin on El Vez’s longstanding Merry MexMas holiday tour, as Los Straitjackets brought a slightly different musical sensibility to El Rey de Rock ‘n Roll’s show. El Vez normally tours with his own band, the Memphis Mariachis.

El Vez in Santa suit.

The new pairing freshened El Vez’s wonderful mash-ups of traditional holiday songs with punk and rock classics.

If you weren’t there, you missed a real treat. Be sure to plan early next year. Enjoy the photos.

Jonathan Richman — night 2!

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Jonathan Richman at NYC's Bowery Ballroom on June 17, 2009. (Copyright 2009, Steven P. Marsh)

Here are a few shots, and a video, from Jonathan Richman‘s show on Wednesday night, June 17, at the Bowery Ballroom in NYC.

Tommy Larkins and Jonathan Richman. (Copyright 2009, Steven P. Marsh)

Tommy Larkins and Jonathan Richman. (Copyright 2009, Steven P. Marsh)

The energy level was distinctly different than the night before. Even Jonathan admitted toward the end of the show that something wasn’t right, something was missing. (Jonathan mixes up the set every  time he plays, and doesn’t use a set list.)

But he fixed it by playing “Springtime in New York” as his parting tune.

Here’s a video I shot of Jonathan performing “Girlfriend” at the show:

Night 1: Vic Chesnutt and Jonathan Richman at the Bowery Ballroom

Jonathan Richman, off-kilter as usual, at the Bowery Ballroom, NYC, on June 16. (Photos copyright 2009, Steven P. Marsh)

Jonathan Richman, off-kilter as usual, at the Bowery Ballroom, NYC, on June 16. (Photos copyright 2009, Steven P. Marsh)

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Jonathan Richman‘s set at NYC’s Bowery Ballroom last night was so wonderful it left me virtually speechless. And Athens, Ga., legend Vic Chesnutt‘s opening set was revelatory, as well.

Vic C gets ready

Vic Chesnutt preparing before his set.

Newsflash: Vic told the crowd last night that Jonathan had recently flown him to San Francisco, where Vic recorded his new album, with Jonathan and his drummer, Tommy Larkins, backing him up. “It went pretty well,” the paraplegic singer-songwriter said with a grin.

I’ll be back for tonight’s show, expecting something equally entertaining. You should be there too.

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