Fred Eaglesmith & Los Straitjackets Are Coming To The Handlebar

Mark Your Calendar for these two very special dates!

FRED EAGLESMITH, January 24, 2004 (Saturday)

Okay, take a deep breath, because we're gonna go out on a limb and say something so audacious that just happens to be true: Fred Eaglesmith is one of the few musicians who can be mentioned in the same breath with John Hiatt, Bruce Springsteen and Dave Alvin. Which is to say that Fred Eaglesmith is every bit as amazing a live performer as he is a songwriter. For more than two decades, Fred has used his keen eye and incisive wit to perfectly render the world of "Everyman": Guns, trains, alcohol and gasoline -- the four major food groups of the beat-to-hell pickup-truck set that makes up Fred's crushing metier. Fred’s lethal combo of rock, blues and country has been slaying loyal fans since our old mill days! 9 p.m. $10 (Add 50 cents sales tax)

LOS STRAITJACKETS, February 25, 2004 (Wednesday)

Hold on to your Mexican wrestling masks, folks, we finally got 'em! At the top of our wish list for so long we can hardly believe it, this quartet of weirder-than-weird surf rock maniacs are at last making their first Handlebar appearance! For our true geek-rock fans (we're thinkin' Southern Culture, Red Elvises and Cigar Store Indians, to name a few), this is one of the must-see shows of 2004. Think Dick Dale on Telemundo or the The Ventures on vacation in Tijuana; it's instrumental surf-rock with a definite South-Of-The-Border feel (and look). Clad all in Mexican wrestling garb, the 'Jackets give you a show-within-a-show with their Broadway-ready choreography (well, maybe off-Off-Broadway) and beach-blistered hot licks! It may still be winter outside, but it's a Baja shindig at The Handlebar! 8:30 p.m. $10 (Add 50 cents sales tax)

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About Phil Yanov

Phil Yanov is a Technologist, Columnist and Public Radio Commentator.

He is the founder of Tech After Five as well as the founder and President of the GSA Technology Council and the IT Leadership Council.

His personal technology column appears in Greenville Business Magazine and the Columbia Business Journal.

He co-hosts the Your Day technology shows heard on NPR radio stations across South Carolina and is a frequent contributor to technology stories appearing on radio and television.