Site you pointed that lady to is a good start for shows. I only recent discovered that one, otherwise check out:
Yes, it a list of general shows but there's certain to be something to suit your fancy in or out of SF. I find out a lot of stuff that's going on from shows I go to, occasionally talking to people at said shows, or otherwise.
I for one am stoked that Booze Broads N Hot Rods is in Brisbane! Away from the unwashed masses and "dive" bars.
Exactly. There’s another site out there, with a HUUUUGE list of rockabilly shows from all over. I forgot about it, as I more than likely won’t go to any of em, but they are out there!
Are you gonna be in attendance at the Booze, Broads & Hot Rods show?
Believe me, I very much appreciate the value of history - I'm lucky enough to work at a venue that's a San Francisco institution with a reputation of hosting now-famous bands' first shows in the city. But for those of us who can't afford non-public transportation, getting to the South Bay (not to mention a big event like VLV) is really difficult. I've also turned 21 very recently, so places like the Knockout, the Hemlock, and many shows at Thee Parkside were previously off-limits to me.
I've spent a lot of my life being part of that "hip" SF scene, and I'm really fed up with it and ready to move on. I love vintage and rockabilly, and the very few events I've been to here have been such a nice change from what I'm used to. It would be really nice if, instead of reprimanding me for not already knowing where to go, someone would be kind enough to point me toward what I'm looking for.
I wouldn’t say I was so much as to be reprimanding you for not knowing where to find local events, as I was making a generalization of the local folks who want to get into rockabilly, but don’t know how. You weren’t the first to ask and most definitely won’t be the last. I did direct it (about local events) towards you, because well… You’re the one who made the post.
Not all that long ago, when I was looking for local events, I flipped through a local magazine that you find in a newspaper box. Happened to find a couple of shows, noticed the diversity amongst the local “scene.” You’ll also spot flyers at the bars, about local events coming up at different venues.
Nor-Cal Rockabilly… People on there will offer to give you rides to not so local events, as long as you’re kind enough to ask. I’d offer to give a ride, but I come up from the Peninsula.
Another tip, would be to stray away from shitty “rockabilly blogs,” as you won’t find anything new or informative from any of em.
Man, you got the best pomade reviews of anyone, very detailed. Anyways, I wanted to ask, is there any reason to use water based pomade other than the ease of washability? Would I be missing out on anything if I just stick with petroleum based pomades?
Hey man, Big thanks for the kind words! I appreciate it and I’m glad people like my reviews as much as they do.
For some people, they prefer water soluble pomades for these reasons:
1) Washes out with just water. 2) They don’t like having a greasy sheen. 3) Their skin is too sensitive for petrolatum pomades. 4) Their ladies don’t like the greasy stuff, so they comply or else they don’t get the sweet lovin’.
But there are a lot of people who use water based pomades, who want the sheen that petrolatum pomades offer, but don’t want to make the switch.
There’s not much to miss out, in my opinion, since using water based pomades is gonna be a little more pricey than most people would like. Especially if you wash your hair out everyday, you’ll go through a tub of it within the month.
The good thing about water based pomades, is that they’re very malleable and you can shape your hair very easily. But, then it just depends on how well you style your hair, so that can go either way.
I like to have a good water based pomade, for days that I don’t want to use a grease or when I have a haircut coming up. So it’s good to have one on hand.
So, I'm sure you've heard just about every pomade removal tip and trick there is but I did want to see/ask if you've heard of this one. Groom and Clean, putting it in your hair and letting it sit for about 15-20 minutes before washing your hair. Someone mentioned this to me and I had about 4 or 5 days worth of Murray's in my hair, also just happened to have some Groom and Clean. So why not. Worked really well for me got at least 85-90% out in about one wash. So happy mostly grease-less hair.
Guess was wasn't much of a question but either way. I really dig your blog. Take it easy and have a good one.
A couple of cats told me about Groom & Clean, but I just haven’t had the time to go around and pick some up. What’s the price on it btw? I heard it works like a charm, so I’m definitely interested on trying it out. Glad to know it’s been working out for more than a couple of people!
Thanks for the kind words man, I appreciate it!
Also, good to know it cuts Murray’s that easily. I can only imagine how it would work with some of pomades that are easier to wash out than Murray’s!
Your favorite tumblr blogs:?
Also I see you were not wearing pool gear down at Viva! *lol*
I missed it this year I hope to make it next I'm sure it was a blast!
Haha, I didn’t stick around the pool all that much. I’m not much of a pool guy. A beach on the other hand, I fucks with.
As far as favorite tumblr blogs go…
I don’t like any rockabilly ones, to be completely honest. Not the ones with rockabilly folks, posting their own stuff… But the ones that are “dedicated” to rockabilly, which aren’t very rockabilly at all. Can’t stand em, never will.
There are a few fashion ones, I can’t think of the names off the top of my head though…
I do enjoy going through all of my followers Tumblrs, because:
1) All of my followers are very pretty. Even the fellas… OH SNAP HOMEBOYS, YOU GONNA UNFOLLOW ME NOW?? Or am I gonna get more followers…? 2) Followers follow me for a reason, they like what I got. Their content doesn’t so much mirror mine, but it’s refreshing, because I don’t have to deal with the mess that is the mass of Tumblr. 3) Once again, my followers are very attractive… (650) 50… Nevermind… 4) I don’t disike any of my followers Tumblrs. Or any of my followers, for that matter. Everyone (so far) has been relatively humble and cool. Why they follow then unfollow, I’ll never know. So for the folks who DO unfollow me at some point, send me a message! I seriously want to know!
Out of the tiny mass of my followers, http://metalographerphotography.tumblr.com sticks out the most. I’ve never been much of a metal head, though a good amount of my buddies love metal, it’s just never been my thing. But, this Tumblr isn’t just about being a metal head or anything that it seems to be, from the surface. It’s also very consistent, unlike other Tumblrs that are “dedicated” to one certain thing…
Why do I make the longest replies???
But yeah, if you want a list of some of the Tumblrs I enjoy, I’ll try and find em and send a list over.
Whoooo… That was a long weekend… And it sure as hell was a good one!
As vacations are, there will be good, the bad, and the ugly sides of it. It’s just the way things are! And let me tell ya, this weekend was full of all of that and more!
KEEP ON READIN!
(WARNING: This post is picture heavy. To top that off, I was too lazy to resize the damn pics. But hey, ya gotta see everything, right?)
This was my first ever Viva Las Vegas. I tried to make it out to last years event, but poor planning and bad timing brought that dream to an end. Especially since I missed Chuck Berry! But hey, better later than never, right?
I’ve heard tons of stories about past VLV events. Of course, they all have good and bad sides to em. But that didn’t stop me from heading out there and seeing it all first hand, for myself! Planned it all out, hustled for some cash, and away we were to our 7am flight!
Early morning liquid courage.
Without coffee, the whole trip would’ve been in bed… And not even the fun type of stuff, that you do in bed…
The lady is quite the tourist and a sucker for colors and lights. So of course, she took a picture inside the plane!
It looks better when people aren’t in the plane.
As soon as we touched down, off to the Gold Coast we go! One thing I totally didn’t put into account, was check in time… Got to the hotel at 9, check in was at 12. Son of a bitch. What the fuck are we gonna do with all of our luggage and 3 hours? Sit for an hour at TGIF of course!
I forgot what this was called…
Aside from you’re going in my mouth, NOW. Definitely hit the spot, since all I had was some coffee and a cinnamon roll. Would’ve been a whole lot better, had the ham been warm and not cold cut cold. Oh well, you were gone in 2 minutes anyways.
After sitting around for too long of a time, off to gamble. Hey, it’s my first time going to Vegas as an adult, I went years before as a teen. While I had an opportunity to win a couple hundred bucks back then, I was committed to make some cash on this trip. $100 up within the first couple hours in Vegas, I was spent and ready to spend all of that on booze!
Off to The Orleans we went and down the hatch the beers go.
Pabst Blue Ribbon.
Down the hatch you two go. Double fisted these guys all day long.
After getting our wrist bands and drinks, it was time to wander around the casino.
Of course, Crawfish & Alligator Bar were jam packed with rockabilly folks. I won’t say it was a site to see, because everyone wore virtually the same shit (black club shirts,) it was good to know that we were finally at Viva Las Vegas. Walking through the crowd, a couple dudes thought they were gonna be cute for their boys. Nice try I guess!
Clearly, this is a rockabilly event. There are gonna be tons of dudes who are gonna try to show who’s more “greaser” than the other “greaser.” And let me tell ya, IT WAS AWKWARD. I mean, I get it. They all want to portray the greasiest of greasers for the ladies, but man… Some guys over did it. But hey, it’s Vegas! Everything’s over did!
Now, I’m quite a neutral guy. I can get along with pretty much anyone (aside from bros. It’s like the mongoose and the cobra type of thing) and I like to see everything from all angles. As soon as I took it all in, it was pretty easy to see where VLV elitist get their stance on the event. I mean, I get it, it’s gone from fun and easy going rockabilly folks, to overzealous folks trying to one up another, while looking exactly the same. And of course, the ladies will get catty about who did their hair in this color first or that dress before they did and so on… I get it, but hey, it doesn’t mean the ladies weren’t hot! But if you truly enjoy rockabilly, or anything for that matter, that’s become a scene, it’s not hard to zone all that shit out and just have yourself a ball!
After a few more double fisted PBR, it was time to check out the strip. It’s not my thing, but it was my lady’s first time in Vegas, so why the hell not… And, for her to learn the hard way… We went during the day… yeaaaaaaaaaaaah…
STORM THE GATES!
Looks like a missile coming down from the sky!
New York New York
No idea who you are…
But welcome to the blog!
After all the liquid in my brain was dried up from the beer and the hot sun, it was time for a much needed nap! Then back out to the strip to see some hookers, a couple of Batmen, and the lights.
The Eiffel Tower…
Or at least the next best thing.
Off to see the water show and put on a show myself. As people were getting drenched by the fountain, I was down tying my boots. But as it made its second round, I got up and did a little show. Hey, the older ladies got a kick out of it! It would’ve been one hell of a video! DAMMIT!
Oh fuck yeah. Nothing beats boobies and butts, while you’re in Vegas! But to be one of those guys who are just huddled around the stage? Fuckin’ creepers…
After the nice boobs and butts, it was time to go back to The Orleans and catch a few bands. Sadly, I didn’t get to catch all that many bands on this trip. Stomach aches and bad company made short of any fun we were having.
Luckily, I was able to catch The Hi-Q’s, with front man Rivet Head putting on a great show.
Los Straightjackets doin’ what they do best… Putting on one hell of a show that sounded amazing.
Having needing to check out of the Gold Coast the next day, to check into The Orleans right after, it was time to head back. But so far, so good!
Quick peep inside the showroom…
All the previous videos and photos of the vendors, made it seem as if it were in a huge space. While it could’ve been, had they not been separated into two rooms, it wasn’t as big as I would’ve thought. But that doesn’t mean the selection wasn’t amazing!
Checked in at The Orleans…
With a colorful ass tiki cup and hot dog to boot. That hot dog isn’t mine btw, I don’t fuck with mustard! Yeah I said it, fuck mustard on hot dogs, you wanna fight about it? Sadly, I’m sure there are hot dog lovers who would fight over which condiments are best for hot dogs…
I’m not one who likes to fuck around with the Vegas sun. So I just wanted to quickly run through this shit, because I could really give a fuck about a pool party. Yes, there were lovely ladies lookin’ even lovelier in their swim attire… But that doesn’t mean shit to me in that heat!
But that didn’t stop the lady from drinking her drank!
Back up to the showroom, to thoroughly look through everything. Man… I want to know how much $$$ everyone comes with. I’ve seen TONS of folks, guys and gals, walking around in outfits made entirely of clothing they’ve bought from the showroom! If I’m doing my math correctly, then I’m guessing they’re not eating this whole damn trip! Lots of badass shirts and coats that would’ve fit me nicely… But alas, I brought only enough money for alcohol and food. And hookers…
Now for the pomade… I know what you’re thinking, YOU WERE IN HEAVEN, HUH!
Well folks, not really… As the one vendor with the most pomade, well… to make it sound nicer, wasn’t very receptive when I told him that I had emailed him prior to the event, inquiring about his little known pomade brand, that was overlooked by the more popular classic pomades he carried. That’s fine by me, I’m not holding a grudge or anything. But I don’t think you’ll be seeing a review from me…
Stopped by the High Life booth and talked a bit with those cats.
Talked a bit with Adam about this pomade, told him how I felt about it. And being a cool guy as he is, he took my critique without getting upset about it. Definitely a cool guy, but High Life just doesn’t work for me, as well as it does other cats.
Adam from High Life
I kind of interrupted a convo he and this other cat were having. But hey, ya can’t pass up a photo op. especially from a blogger! I don’t think he knows I’m a blogger though.
On that note, if only I had been able to get some stickers printed. Views would’ve been through the roof! Then back down to 12 as soon as they were done with it…
More alcohol and walking, it was time to head back to rest for a bit.
Obligatory pompadour picture…
This one was for your Margot!
Back out to catch The Sparkletones!
It was awesome to see old ladies up at the front of the stage swooning over these guys! They still got it!!!
After the show, it was time to hunt down the elusive skull! For whatever reason, only a couple of bars had this. But after they ran out of the colorful tiki cups, then they started to put the skulls out. WHAT WAS THE FUCKIN POINT OF THE HUNT THEN???
Still badass though!
Saturday, was car show day. This is where you see most footage from Viva Las Vegas, as this is where people want to show off their Sundays best… Well, aside from Sunday night, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves right now!
Being such a tourist, the lady wanted a picture of herself drinking her drank. Some girl came up behind me and asked if we wanted her to take out picture. Sure, I guess……..
But when she said “ok, now look like you like eachother!” Side step I went.
Back into the casino we went, while we waited for some friends. So I got my old man on and gambled! Wheel Of Fortune of course!
This kind of game got me $100 on the first day… How much were you gonna give me on the second day?
Then the reality set in, when we realized it was the quarter game… Hell, made $120 bucks off of $20! WHERE THE BAR AT!
As soon as our friends came, off to the car show we go!
The Ladies and the creeper…
My friend loves Masuimi Max. So when she spotted her handing out flyers, she just HAD to get a picture with her.
Emily & Masuimi
Emily & Masuimi
I love Masuimi too… But more on the happy tissues way.
We couldn’t be bothered with lining up in the heat for Elvira. But man… I love Elvira! Ever since I was a young lad, who hadn’t known how to use happy tissues…
Time to check out the rides! I’m a sucker for Chevy trucks, so sorry for the lack of hot rods and Mercs!
Then an alien beam came down from the sky…
Straight towards my crotch…
Can’t beat that with an ugly broad…
A Fire Outside. GET IT!!!
"LET ME SEE YA TOUCH THE GROUND!"
Keepin’ it matte…
Can’t get much better than that…
Especially with that interior? Pffft…
At this point, I was getting pretty fuckin’ drunk, and I probably believed that this was his real hair. So, I had to get a picture with him…
An artist at work…
I’m not a huge fan on pin stripes. But I sure as hell can appreciate the work and technique.
All about the details folks…
If only I brought a chair out…
Just kidding BTW…
At this point…
I think it’s safe to say I was drunk. I can’t tell if that’s me hanging out there, or my jeans bunched up. We’ll go with the latter for now…
I’m sick of the typical pin up girls poses and what not. So I thought I’d dip my feet in it a bit, and try a pose out for myself…
And I’ll call this…
A pose Bettie Page didn’t do. *shots fired.*
After a filthy chimichanga, I was spent for the night. Missed out on a lot of great bands. But it’s ok, a shit ton of people took videos of em, so I can just catch up later!
Dual peep holes?
The one room in the whole hotel, with a dual peep hole…
After our last moments at Viva Las Vegas, it was time to hop on a plane and head back home. But don’t worry, that adventure didn’t stop there!
You know that socially awkward couple on the plane, who disregard EVERYONE ELSE on the plane, with their obnoxious beings? Well, they happened to be right across from us!
Socially Awkward couple.
She went to her bag up top, which dropped a coin on the old mans lap, which BTW, she didn’t ask him to hand it to her… she grabbed it off of his lap… Oh… if you were attractive in any which way, fine… But you weren’t and you were annoying as fuck. Then, she proceeded to drop her sweater off the top onto the mans face. There wasn’t a “sorry” said. To top it all off, she happened to awkwardly spill a cup of water on her and panicked… What… So she stood up, put aside her giant “safety” teddy bear, and had her boyfriend wipe her ass with napkins for about 8 minutes, then went off into the bathroom to wipe more water off, for another 15 minutes… She’s most likely the Wicked Witch Of The West, BECAUSE IT WAS JUST. FUCKIN. WATER.
Our seat neighbor on the other hand…
Was knocked the fuck out, against the window…
Through SFO I go.
Home we are and home I’ll stay for a while!
While I didn’t get to come home with my winnings, I still came out with gold!
Got mostly all the stuff I was looking for! But of course, he had a whole lot more that I wouldn’t mind having! Next year for sure!
Phew… That was one hell of a long trip!
For the most part, I had a blast. It was awesome meeting a bunch of folks, who I wouldn’t have met, had I not started this blog. Big ups to Jose, Stephanie, Nick, and Wink! It was a pleasure meeting you all, even though we hadn’t been able to actually kick back a few! I’m sure there will be a next time!
Now for some highlights of the trip!
The Good: - Meeting said folks, for the first time. - Seeing all of the old folks dancing and having a ball. They were living this shit when rock ‘n’ roll was invented and are living it today as we’re still getting into all of it! - Seeing an older man lead his blind wife onto the dancefloor, and dancing the night away. It was probably the sweetest thing I’ve ever seen.
The Bad: - Getting a stomach ache. It really killed the time I had to be out and about. Fuck that delicious chimichanga! You were good while you happened! But not a moment after! - Losing money! I could’ve came home with $300 of winnings. Not much at all, but for a first time gambler, why the fuck not!!!
The Ugly: - Bad company.
Now, here’s the thing… I went on this trip, with my buddy and my lady. Hey, that’s fine. But guess what, he had to be babysat the whole trip. And that’s a real downer, especially when you’re having a good time being at the event. I’m not one to be into the whole “get belligerent drunk at Vegas, because it’s Vegas.” I’m into getting drunk because I feel like getting drunk. If I don’t, I won’t! Simple as that. This guy, wanted to be drunk the entire time. That’s fine by me, go get a beer. But guess what, he wouldn’t get one if I didn’t get one. Yeah… You all know what I’m talking about! What I call, piggybacking. And guess what, he did that the entire trip. I’ve told multiple people that this was gonna happen and being right as I usually am, it happened.
Want to know how bad that got? As I was looking through CDs, he had the nerve to say to me “you’re ruining my fun.” Want to know what I said to him? “I don’t give a fuck,” and continued to look through more CDs.
It really ruined the moments I was meeting people, because they were gonna bitch about it the moments after. So sorry to Stephanie and Wink, I wanted to hang out longer, but I had to babysit. Next year, I’ll make it up to y’all!
It’s tough to go on a trip, knowing you’re gonna be in bad company, especially when it’s a friend of a few years. It’s the first time we’ve actually traveled together, and as my lady told me, it’s gonna make or break a relationship you have with someone, when you travel with them. And guess what, it did.
So fuck that shit! I’m going to rockabilly events alone, from now on!
Well, there you have it folks, my little recap of the trip! While I didn’t get to enjoy this trip to the fullest, I still had a good time. I don’t let fuckers ruin the fun I already had.
This is just my little recap of my trip. But stay tuned for a little insight of the event itself and the scene it comes with!
A question about sweet georgia brown purple can. Like I have said before I use washable pomade and have never tried a pomade that is petroleum based. With the sweet georgia brown purple can, does the pomade wash out as easy as say layrite or does it stay in your hair for awhile? I was planning on using it for its shine and mixing it with layrite. What do you think?
Sorry for the late reply, I couldn’t answer this through the phone app.
While Sweet Georgia Brown (purple) does wash out a whole lot easier than the other SGB’s, it doesn’t wash completely out like Layrite. It leaves a slight “coat” on your hair. It’s not THAT much, but it’s noticeable.
If you do plan on doing the combo, I’d suggest not directly mixing it, but doing a top coat of SGB. The Layrite will coat your hair, and the SGB will coat the Layrite (of course, it’ll coat your hair just a tad.) It will slightly break the hold of Layrite, but only if you use too much SGB, to the point it mixes.
A lot of folks are gonna be at Viva Las Vegas this year. More so, than the last. This is just one rockabilly event that will keep on getting more and more people going, every year.
Now, this ladies and gents. may be a shock to you, but this will be my first Viva. TIME TO POP THAT CHERRY! Just kidding. But no, really, my first. Hey, everybody has to have a first at some point, right? It’s not only my first, but a whole lot of other peoples firsts, as well.
A lot of folks who read this blog, will also be in attendance. If you folks like this blog so much, why not meet me??? I’m pretty cool, at least that’s what I had to tell myself to get through high school… (kidding btw.)
But really, I’m interested in meeting folks who enjoy my blog. Shit, even if you hate my blog, at least you can tell me in person!
So, for you folks who will read this, who will be at Viva Las Vegas this year, hit me up! I’m down to meet whoever, kick back with a beer or too many, and just have a ball.
Now, I’m not the most difficult person to spot, but I’m not gonna make it easy! If I spot you first, you’ll only catch a glimpse of me, and it’ll be like some sasquatch sighting thing. (This is meant to be used metaphorically, not literally! Though I am getting dark as hell, tall, not that hairy but hairy enough I guess…)
Shoot me an email and we’ll figure it out from there!
I’ve been rockin’ a D.A. for a while now. After a certain point, it grows out a little too long in certain parts, and it just doesn’t work. With me being known for this blog now, I can’t be wandering out of the house with a bad hairstyle. Not saying the pompadour is a bad hairstyle, but sometimes I just can’t work with the D.A. CURSE THIS WAVY HAIR!
Since my usual barber is taking his old timer vacation, aka, sitting at home not going to work, who was my next best bet?
Sure, this is the Bay Area after all. There are many talented shops up and down the way. Unfortunately for me, they’re on polar opposite ends of the Bay Area, for me. Personally, if I have to travel out to get a good haircut, it doesn’t make much sense, considering gas and all that. Yes… I too have this first world problem, just like the rest of you! GAS AIN’T CHEAP!
My homie Shane owns two of the best barbershops in the Bay Area, Headshots and The San Mateo Zoo. Now, he’s not rockabilly in any way, neither is his shop. But as I’ve said before, don’t judge a barber by the shop he works in. While they play hip-hop and more than often you’ll see guys getting fades and line-ups, I can promise you he knows his way around sheers and clippers. He’s got skill and will cut you right every time.
Don’t believe me? Check the pics…
Straight out of the shower. BTW, I got this cut at 8am. Can’t you tell how tired I am??? Shit, he was there since 5!
Fresh ass cut.
Got a slick new cut, just in time for Viva Las Vegas. Big ups to Shane for hooking it up. He even gave me some funky chops! I can’t grow chops to save my life, but hey… At least he makes it look like I could!
So for you cats who dig the pompadour with a fade, swing on down to San Mateo, and put your faith and coin into Shane and the cats at The San Mateo Zoo and Headshots Barbershop. You will NOT be disappointed!
Alright tell me is it rude to walk into a barbershop with your hair up? I go to my barber all the time and he always manages to mess something up / still dosent understand how I like to put my hair up after showing him pictures. I really dont know what too do lol. Im giving him a few more chances before I switch barbershops. Same goes if I go to the new shop, should I style my hair up the way I like before going?
Do you mean, going into the barbershop (with intent to get your haircut that same moment,) but with your hair already styled?
If you have a product that’s not water soluble, then yes, it’s rude. It’s rookie mistake #1, and everyone at some point or another has made it. I did, when I went to a homie to get my haircut. He uses the best clippers, Andis. And if you know these or been around shops, you know that they are the best and $$$.
But, you probably mean, going into the barbershop, with your hairstyled (with intent to get your haircut that same moment,) to show them how exactly you want to style your hair, after getting cut. Right?
If so, it’s not exactly rude. If your guy just isn’t getting what you’re telling him, then it’s not the right guy for you. Of course, if you’re showing them the way you want your hairstyled, with a picture that was taken a week after a haircut, then it’s a different story. Because it would’ve had time to grow out, and they are doing what you’re asking em to do.
One thing you could do, so you don’t want to come off as rude, is stop by the shop on an off day, when your hair is already styled. So he can see how your hair is, on a good day. Then it should somewhat stay in his mind, that that’s how you want your hair to be, ALL the time.