Brian Setzer is one of those wild geniuses who keeps the Earth properly spinning on its axis – a consistent institution who you can count on while pretty much everything else comes and goes. If nothing else, he might be saving American history from the scorch of its own warped magnifying glass memory. Dont’ miss Brian’s holiday smash Christmas Rocks! Extravaganza!
We’ve screwed up the 50’s – reduced it into one giant goof cartoon of crummy over-fattening food, leather jackets, and endless sock hops. And the 80’s showed up more or less mangled on arrival. But Brian Setzer, a punk rocker grinning across a gorgeous Gretsch splashed through the neon of the 80’s scene with a sound that channeled the earliest primal yelps of rock n’ roll. Then in the 90’s when every guy within a fedora’s throw of Hollywood wanted to form a swing band, Setzer massed a bloody orchestra and launched a blistering assault on all the zoot-suited mannequins cruising the scene. With an astonishing consistency and quality of output, an honest reverence for the American musical tradition and an idiosyncratic swagger that is itself the kind of brand that defies all contrivance, Brian’s on that short list alongside guys like Billy Gibbons, Jeff Beck, or, hell, Hendrix who inhabit their own crazy little islands where the waves around them may change direction but the guitar licks are scorching, the drinks stay cold, and the circle remains unbroken.
WHAT: Brian Setzer Orchestra: Christmas Rocks! Extravaganza
WHERE: Gibson Amphitheater at Universal CityWalk | 100 Universal City Plaza | Universal City, CA 91608
WHEN: Saturday, December 22, 2012 | 8:15 pm
- Tickets: From $15 to $79.75
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