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Nightmare on Congress St.

By Kevin Smith
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Thursday, October 30, 2003

Blood suckers and heathens, take heed: the hour of rock is near

"Nightmare On Congress Halloween Extravaganza"
If you go:

Tomorrow night at 7:30 Tickets are $10 at any participating venue or at Bookman's in advance and $15 the day of the show.

On Halloween night, Congress Street will quench any evil dead vampire's thirst for fast tunes and times.

"Nightmare On Congress Street" will feature six different participating venues from up and down Congress Street (with different costume contests at the four intersecting venues). The venues will host a plethora of instrument-equipped hooligans including surf legend Dick Dale, smelly foreigners The Zsa Zsas, rocking Chango Malo, The Jons, Flam Chen, and more. This is all at the cost of one $10-$15 ticket. Consider it Death Crawl.

The Wildcat had the distinct pleasure of autopsying Dick Dale, Milos Sucrose of The Zsa Zsas, and bassist Justin Lillie from Chango Malo. Their vocal organs resonated with words about life, rock feasts, and Sebastian Bach.

Dick Dale

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Surf rock legend Dick Dale calls his fans "Dickheads." You can call them whatever you want at Dale's show during the Nightmare on Congress Street.

Otherwise known as: King of Surf Rock

Fun facts:

  • Back when Dale started playing guitar, it was called "Devil's music."
  • Back in the '50s Leo Fender, founder of the famous guitar company, gave Dale the first Fender Stratocaster to see if it was a winning creation.
  • Recently ranked number 31 of 100 guitarists of all time by Rolling Stone ("That's all political shit," he said.)
  • Dale penned the famous theme song to "Pulp Fiction," "Miserlou."
  • Dick Dale's many rabid fans are referred to as, "Dickheads."

    On why he's never touched drugs or alcohol:
    "If you can't get laid on your own ... by your own cover of your own book: if you have a good cover, people are going to open the book. If you're an asshole they're going to leave."

    Find the beauty:
    "I tell kids, 'Find the beauty in every type of music there is: everything from big bands to Dean Martin to the music of today to country and everything, because you might have to play it one day for nothing.'"

    Play to the person:

    "Music soothes the beast. And when people enjoy what you're doing and you're playing to the grassroots person, not the so-called musicians. Play to the person out there who doesn't know what a ninth or a 13th is. Neither do I and don't give a fuck. I can't even play the scale, who cares? I get people - their eyes wide open like a little kid."

    He's not an animal:

    "A kid will come up to me and say, 'God, you don't have to take drugs to play like that on stage? Wow! You're an animal up there!' No, man, I'm just doing what I'm doing. You're the one that makes me play like that. I'm playing to you."

    Milos Sucrose
    Frontman/lead singer of The Zsa Zsas

    photo courtesy of the zsa zsas
    Club Congress's booker Curtis McCrary said he "...vomited all over (his) shoes" the first time he saw Lotsaslavian band, The Zsa Zsas. You can test the strength of your own stomach at their show during the Nightmare on Congress Street block party.

    Otherwise known as: The Lotsaslavian Connection

    Fun facts:

  • The Zsa Zsas cover the best and worst pop music from the last four decades.
  • They once appeared on VH1's now-defunct "Cover Wars," only to have celebrity judge and former Skid Row lead singer Sebastian Bach cast the deciding vote against them.
  • Band members have a running war-of-words with Club Congress.
  • Sponsored by Tequiza.

    They are not in it for the money:
    "We are a band dedicated to the art of making great music and to make as much money as we can doing so."

    Tiger bites Halloween night?
    "I've got two words for you for this next show, and this is all I'm going to say about the show: Siegfried & Roy. That's all I'm going to tell you."

    Does the gig at Congress mean the feud with Club Congress's booker, Curtis McCrary is over?:
    "No, fuck him. Fuck him. They don't know what we're going to do that night. No fucking clue what we're going to do there. You can spell that out."

    Does Tequiza still taste like piss?:
    "Well, I mean, good piss. Good piss with a hint of tequila."

    No hard feelings for Mr. Bach:
    "We should be top of the pops now, if not for that blonde-headed goob."

    Justin Lillie
    Bassist for Chango Malo

    photo courtesy of chango malo
    Chango Malo released their debut CD Alas, Poor Lucy earlier this month. They'll be playing the Nightmare on Congress Street Outside Stage tomorrow night.

    Otherwise known as: Vinyl-giving, rock 'em, sock 'em, originals

    Fun Facts:

  • The band's been getting lots of attention for their recently released debut LP Alas Poor Lucy.
  • They'll open for early '90s funksters Living Colour on Nov. 21.
  • Watch for disguises tomorrow night.

    What would Tim Burton do?:
    "What I would picture - if it's nightmare on Congress Street- in my perfect world, it'd be set up like 'The Nightmare Before Christmas.' That would be in a perfect world. But that's just in my own little crazy head, everybody being completely insane and crazy."

    Legendary by association?:
    "For me, Dick Dale is somebody that I grew up listening to all the time. So I'm hoping I'll be able to check out some of his set. Then, overall, we'll be able to say that we played on the same bill as Dick Dale; Surf legend."

    Raise your cobwebbed goblets of rock for a toast on All Hallow's Eve:
    "It's just going to be a rock 'n' roll feast. Halloween just brings out the crazy people and it brings out the even-more-craziness-aspect in us."

    Performance Schedule:

    The Rialto Theatre(318 E. Congress St.):
    Dick Dale (11:30 p.m.)
    Costume Contest (11 p.m.)
    Billy Bacon and the Forbidden Pigs (10 p.m.)
    The Hacienda Brothers (9 p.m.)
    Teddy Morgan and Cathy Rivers (8 p.m.)

    Hotel Congress (inside and out - 311 E. Congress St.):
    Club Congress inside stage: Costume contest (Midnight)
    The Zsa Zsas (11 p.m.)
    VIP Stage: Asylum Street Spankers (9 p.m. - Midnight)
    Outside Stage: Chango Malo (11:30 p.m.)
    The Jons (10:30 p.m.)
    and Flam Chen (8:30 p.m.)

    Vaudeville (110 E. Congress St.):
    "Costume Greaser Ball" with Al Foul (11:30 p.m.)
    Whiskey Bitch (10:30 p.m.)
    The Last Call Brawlers (9:30 p.m.)
    Costume contest (9 p.m.)
    Texas Trash and the Hangovers (8 p.m.).

    7 Black Cats (260 E. Congress St.):
    Molten Leather (11:30 p.m.)
    Great American Tragedy (10:30 p.m.)
    Costume contest (10 p.m.)
    Yellow Cabs (9 p.m.)

    The Red Room at the Grill (100 E. Congress St.):
    Tom Walbank and friends (9 p.m. - 1 a.m.)

    Sharks (256 E. Congress St.):
    Rock en Espanola with El Ultima Tren (10 p.m. - Midnight)
    The Nawdy Dawgs (8 - 9:30 p.m.).

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