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Halloween Residency with Roky Erickson at The Chapel in SF, 10/30-10/31

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 22, 2017 07:52pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music is thrilled to sponsor a two-night residency with rock legend Roky Erickson (of The 13th Roky EricksonFloor Elevators) at The Chapel in San Francisco on Monday, October 30th and Halloween -- Tuesday, October 31st. Opening for Roky will be The Death Valley Girls, the best thing in cult rock since Charlie Manson was free. Get your tickets now before these very special nights sell out!

Legendary rock & roll pioneer Roger Kynard "Roky" Erickson hails from Austin, Texas. He is, in the words of music writer Richie Unterberger, one of "the unknown heroes of rock and roll." As singer, songwriter, and guitar player for the legendary Austin band The 13th Floor Elevators, the first rock & roll band to describe their music as "psychedelic," Roky had a profound impact on the San Francisco scene when the group traveled there in 1966. While bands such as the Grateful Dead and the Jefferson Airplane had the their roots in traditional acoustic folk music, the Elevators unique brand of heavy, hard-rocking electric blues pointed to a new direction for the music of the hippie generation. The Elevators only had one chart hit, the Roky-penned "You're Gonna Miss Me," but their influence was far reaching. R.E.M., ZZ Top, Poi Dog Pondering, Judybats, T-Bone Burnett, Julian Cope, The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Cramps, and many more have all either recorded or played live versions of Roky's songs. In addition to these performers, Roky is an acknowledged influence on such diverse musicians as Robert Plant, Sonic Youth, The Butthole Surfers, Jon Spencer, The Damned, The Red Krayola, Pere Ubu, and The White Stripes.

Unfortunately, Roky's struggles with drug abuse and mental illness took a serious toll. His 1969 arrest inRoky Erickson Texas for possession of a single marijuana cigarette led to his being committed for three years to Rusk State Hospital for the Criminally Insane, where he was reportedly subjected to Thorazine, electroshock therapy, and other experimental treatments. Most agree he was never the same after his release. Roky has had prolific periods of creativity in the intervening years, but unscrupulous managers and record label executives often took advantage of his condition, leaving Roky to live in poverty while others profit from his music.

Happily, today we find Roky in the process of being his own miracle and making an astounding recovery from nearly a two-decade long period of almost total tragedy. His youngest brother, singer/songwriter and former Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Principal Tubaist Sumner Erickson, was appointed Roky's legal guardian in June of 2001. Sumner has established The Roger Kynard Erickson Trust to address Roky's living expenses, medical bills, and other financial needs. From June 2001 until July 2002, Roky lived with his brother in Pittsburgh, where he finally began to receive the treatment and care he needs. Roky is now back in Austin, where his health continues to improve dramatically. In March 2005, Roky made his first public performance in ten years performing three songs at the Roky Erickson Psychedelic Ice Cream Social at Threadgills in Austin.

Don't miss Roky's Halloween residency nights in SF. Get your tickets HERE!

Roky Erickson, The Chapel, San Francisco

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