Every year the staff of Amoeba Music in Hollywood get together for a no-holds-barred musical cage match called Amoebapalooza
...20 Amoeba bands get as crazy as possible onstage for 10 minutes each!
How crazy IS possible?
Very crazy was the answer this year...and/or very glamorous, creepy, rockin', shockin', wild, wonderful, and dancetastic! One of the most wonderful and insane Amoebapalooza lineups of all time took the stage at the King King
on Sunday night and showed how it was done. Surely any unsuspecting patrons to walk in from Hollywood Boulevard must have thought they had stumbled onto the set of some kind of psychedelic rock opera written by Andrew Lloyd Webber's brain-damaged evil twin, and hopefully they stuck around to enjoy it with the rest of us.
As our lovable and pants-wettingly funny host Brently Heilbron
put it, it's the last Amoebapalooza of the decade...soon we won't have the Oughts to kick around anymore, and it'll be the Teens! Taking this temporal warning to heart, the musical fre
aks of Amoeba made sure they sent the Oughts out with a kaboom. Have a drink with me and let the show begin...
The lights went down on the red velvet curtain, and the festivities began with a Jaco-Pastorious-on-PCP
solo bass guitar odyssey from gangly wunderkind Ben Ricci
, bravely kicking off this night of strangeitude. Is the bass meant to make sounds like that? Dunno. Ben's bass wizardry was closely followed by the hard-charging sounds of Thin Lizzy tribute band Emerald
, with one Sam Rodriguez
channeling the spirit of the late great Phil Lynott. Sorry if I'm leaving anything out...the next thing I remember was the always mind-blowing cabaret fantasia of Cream Puff
, the one-man show of antique futurist foppington Joey Jenkins
. There really is nothing like Mr.
Jenkins...jigging, chanting and prophesizing from the stage, in his knickers and mountaineering headgear, he makes you feel like you've wandered into one of David Lynch's weirder dreams
. He ended by collapsing in a grand death scene, instantly growing a marvellous flower from his heart. Showbiz!