Joe Satriani
More photos from the show

Satch is always an exhilarating pleasure to watch and listen to, and you can count on his performance to be the very best. He has unique ability of playing past monster classics in just a way that satisfies the ‘play it the way I know it’ in all his fans, yet instinctively needles a new twist to them each time. Hearing the new compositions inspire both young and old to keep on following one of the greatest virtuosos of our age. He is the model of his category, and a living time-capsule of genre-bending styles; be it shred, melodic, straight ahead rock & roll or classic anthemic compositions, Joe can play as fast as the speed of sound, yet understands the spaces between notes. Sometimes its what you don’t play that counts.

Joe Satriani is once again, the man who defines what ‘continual birthing’ means for guitar players. Each time he unleashes new material, he at once tops himself from what he’s done previous, while instantly hooking you onto whatever he’s got up his sleeve next. He’s continually establishing new exciting sounds and unheard cries from his signature Ibanez.

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There’s a sort of Zen vs. Zorathustra quality about his approach to playing live. His movements and riffing are seemingly formal and calculating, except for what comes out of it is like an escalation to an exploding comet.

While he re-instates the utter importance of his catalogue, he is still forging the definition of what is to come for the future of his culture. We thirst for more.

After seeing him 5 times, this show was even more amazing than the last. He took us from clusters of new stuff, timeless classics, to little covered ‘b-sides’ and unreleased comps he wanted to throw out to us.
The crowd was mesmerized and gladly followed him into his foray of cosmic surf, along with the Alien, Flesh Giants and to greet the Wormhole Wizard himself.

© 2011 Buko Magazine


plays ‘epic live extravaganza’ this Saturday at Dantes!!!.

Don’t miss this historical show with the band’s long time friend and NEW drummer, Kevin Rankin. They are pulling out all the stops, featuring Go-Go dancers, Fire Erotica, Pin-Up Runway and more!

Western Aerial with new drummer Kevin Rankin
Western Aerial is L to R; Geoff MettsKevin RankinJimmy Richards.

Expect to be ROCKED so hard, you’ll all be wheeled out pillars of salt!

It’s easy to keep our collective ears off the ball among a continual assault of ho-hum acts, and one-hit-wonders..
This Saturday, Western Aerial will write a new chapter in rock & roll with a deadly new release and a power-house new drummer.

Western Arial PosterKevin Rankin may be the ‘new’ kid on the block, but he is NO stranger to this band, let alone rock & roll. Legend has it that Kevin hits so hard, John Bonham’s ghost can sometimes be seen to hover about the room.

Geoff Metts writes stone-cold hit songs among a plethora of saturated bands who flash in and out of the scene and plays guitar so efficiently, fans eyeball the stage looking for a 4th man.

Jimmy Richards eyes turn fire red under stage lights, no matter what color they are. He knocks every beer off the stage when he stomps, his hair gets fluffier and his head spins around 360 degrees every time they get it right…expect him to be spinning like a top!

Finally a band which takes the hum out of ho and has written more than several hit songs – even more yet to be written…stay tuned!


© 2011 Buko Magazine

Winos Do Not March

Philly Phunkestra’s
Halloween Zappa Show at the Whiskey.

Philly Phunkestra's Halloween Zappa Show at the Whiskey
Philly Phunkestra Big Band plays “Overnight Sensation”.

Philly Phunkestra’s Halloween 2010, The Whiskey

What better way to trick or treat than at Portland’s premier super-nod to Frank Zappa’s famous Halloween shows in N.Y. Circa mid-70’s. This night looked much like it too, especially when compared to his 1977 film, ‘Baby Snakes’, which was projected in Gigantia on the back wall for effect for any there who wondered just what’s the deal we’re dealing’ in. Cheapness was abound in all its glory, avant-garde disregard and misbehavior was the tone set for everyone- and all lived up to the stinky standard. Oh, what class to snod a boogered finger at the status quo.

Philly Phunkestra's Halloween Zappa Show at the Whiskey Philly Phunkestra's Halloween Zappa Show at the Whiskey
(L to R) Yoko Mammy (Aniana Hough) “Painted Up Her Face”, and Frank Zappa appeared to be pleased.

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Philly’s Phunkestra made it all happen perfectly with their own twist on FZ’s landmark album, “Overnight Sensation“, played in its entirety. A big Band ala funk display of early Mothers’ antics; they at once galvanized each decade of Frank’s monster catalog with a stunning disarray, liberally mixing over the top costumes, fuzzed out lead guitar, claymation figures in various porncarmelizations. 10 band players staggered against each other so tightly they were switching costumes w/ each blessed note and crescendo . The brass section VERY reminiscent of Frank’s final line-up in ’88…even a bit of the old Bongo Fury, complete w/ an Ike Willis look-a-like dressed as a voodoo Doctor from the “You Are What You Is” video.

Philly Phunkestra's Halloween Zappa Show at the Whiskey Philly Phunkestra's Halloween Zappa Show at the Whiskey
(L to R) “Zomby Woof’s”. Justin Partney, Kyle Smith, and Kyle kicking out some
“Dirty Love”.

“Merrceedeees Bieeennnzzz!”

Philly Phunkestra's Halloween Zappa Show at the Whiskey
Angel Martin and a “Frog With Dirty Little Lips”.

The crowd belched a mind-blowing array of stars; Beeker and Kermit the Frog, Capt. AmericaDinah Mo-Hum(w/ her snatchy sister), Angel Martin(Rockford Files), many wonderful winos…even Poncho, the acid gobbling dental floss merchant. A tiny pony was rumored to roam about the room. It was halloween, so WTF, many things were appearing after Poncho began his slow decline as he began peaking on something-just look at the photos and watch him melt to the point he couldn’t even appear in the costume contest, swaying, slobbering and staring at them like that blown Hell’s Angel from theAltamont concert. His huge mustache slowly disappeared until all one could see was a couple synthetic hairs trailing out the corner of his well-bitten lip…Brotha ‘Jones Crusher‘!

Philly Phunkestra's Halloween Zappa Show at the Whiskey Philly Phunkestra's Halloween Zappa Show at the Whiskey
(L to R) Dinah Mo and Humm ready to soak some corks, and Capt. America: “The minds that won’t be reached.”

Yoko Mammy sang most of the tunes on her crutches and had no problem kicking all the Dancin’ Fools Tryin’ to Grow a Chin out there w/ her scuffed up cast. The crowd Stuck Together until Ms. Pinky showed up and Tweazedthe bass player…using her Friendly Little Finger. Cynthia Plaster Castershowed up and talked to an awful lot of guys in attendance. At least some things never change.
I’m starting to sound like Paul Stanley…but he was there!

Philly’s Phunkestra is the real deal and should be seen AND heard…Buko.netwill return and brag more!
Or better yet: Find them right on FB and friend them.

Aaron Summerfield selling Burnt Weeny Sandwiches Absolutely Free Punky's Whips: You ain't the devil!
(L to R) Aaron Summerfield selling Burnt Weeny Sandwiches Absolutely Free,
and Punky’s Whips: You ain’t the devil!
Cynthia Plaster Caster, Amnesia Vivace and Uncle Remus Ceremonial Master Chris Phillips: The Duke Of Prunes
(L to R) Cynthia Plaster Caster, Amnesia Vivace and Uncle Remus, and Ceremonial Master Chris Phillips: The Duke Of Prunes
Bwanna Dic Sears Poncho: "I'm Stealing the Towels!"
(L to Right) Bwanna Dic, and Sears Poncho: “I’m Stealing the Towels!”

© 2011 Buko Magazine