Red Elvises

Red Elvises

The Fun Police

Sat, February 24, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm (event ends at 11:59 pm)

$12.00 - $15.00

This event is 21 and over

Red Elvises
Red Elvises
If Igor and Red Elvises aren't in the middle of a tour, they are getting ready for the next one - this traveling rokenrol party is constantly in motion and consistently evolving. Singer, songwriter, guitarist and showman extraordinaire Igor Yuzov is perpetually globetrotting and in the process he has found scores of wildly talented, entertaining performers to bring into the fold.

Red Elvises started as a Russian group, playing what they dubbed "Siberian Surf Rock". Since then the band has included musicians from all over the world including United States, Israel, Kazakhstan, Puerto Rico and Bulgaria - to name just a few. Everyone who performs with them for any length of time brings something different both energetically and musically. At various times shows have included keyboards, accordions, sax, clarinet, trumpet, flute, banjo, mandolin, tuba, ukulele and more. Old and new fans alike can expect to be surprised at shows again and again, however the roots of Red Elvises remain the same: Igor's unique brand of humor combined with guitar based rock'n'roll that makes audiences want to sing, dance, scream and shout.

German born Igor Yuzov grew up in the former Soviet Union, where folk music was the norm and rock'n'roll was illegal. A rebellious streak led him to seek out the forbidden records, which could be secretely traded in some places for those who knew where to look. As soon as it became possible, Igor left Russia for America with his folk band Limpopo. The "Crazy Russian Folk'n'Roll" group were personally greeted by Ronald Reagan and proceeded to win Ed McMahon's Star Search.

Igor started Red Elvises in 1995, following a dream he had that Elvis Presley came to him and told him to start playing rock'n'roll. Not one to say no to the King, Igor and his Russian friends started playing on Santa Monica's 3rd Street Promenade. Their street musician days did not last long, however, as they drew such huge crowds that the City of Santa Monica brought them to court and ordered them off the streets. Since then Red Elvises have been constantly touring, with occasional breaks from the road to record an album or take part in film and television projects. This constant work for the last 15 years has led to them gaining a world-wide following, with successful tours all over North America, Europe and Russia (Red Elvises bootlegs have been found in Siberia).

Igor & Red Elvises have declined several major record deals, prefering to maintain independent status and produce all their own work. This includes 11 studio albums, one live album, a live concert DVD and a Greatest Hits compilation. Added to their long resume is work in film (Six String Samurai, Mail Order Bride, Armageddon, Skippy) and television (Melrose Place, Fastlane, Penn and Teller's Sin City Extravaganza, VH-1 Behind the Music, MTV). They can be found playing everything from large festivals to private parties, small venues to massive stages such as 2005's Live 8 Benefit Concert. Whatever the event and wherever Igor & Red Elvises go, they bring the party with them.
The Fun Police
The Fun Police
The Fun Police: Who Are These Silly Bullies in Blue?

THE CALL OF DUTY
Living in these modern times, one can always find constant reminders of the laws that protect us from danger, and also in some cases fun. In that irony lies the birthplace of The Fun Police. Gradually rounding out a few tunes, the original members drew inspiration upon the adventures of exploring throughout rural Washington. From this point began the recruitment process. Only the trusted could join, no corrupt elements were allowed. The Fun Police have a lot of history together, musically and personally. The songs sung by this fun force were composed floating rivers, spelunking vacant mines, pub crawling sidewalks, and summoning a higher power in the presence of a campfire.

THE LINE UP
Ranger Ruffhousen and recurring member Special Agent Sam share noble musical history on their belts, most notably being Helter Skipper and the Gilligan Mansons, Cheeky White Devils, and The Xenophiles. Sergeant Snake, Brigadier B.Ski, and Deputy D. prior to putting on a uniform, dabbled amongst many different incarnations together: Grasshopper II, Ladle of Gruel, and lastly Philo Gant. They rocked the Pacific Northwest and beyond but decided to become full-time Fun Police members in June ‘08. Many musical talents have contributed to the history of the Fun Police and often join us on stage for special events. We thank them for their years of service: Officer Orange-Fuzz, Sergeant Snake, Special Agent Sam, Major Munk, Special Agent Sub-Zero, Veteran V.Dub, Major Mullet, and Officer Cox.

The band is comprised of metal workers, box makers, bartenders, cable operators, interpreters, tinkerers, cartoonists, Mormons, Catholics, Atheists, Agnostics, Technocrats, Neo-Luddites, slackers, stoners, go-getters, vagabonds, male sluts, and virgins.

THE MUSIC
The Fun Police are equipped with an ever-growing versatile arsenal primarily consisting of a viola, accordion, several vocalists, guitars, bass, drums, djembe, tambourine, glockenspiel, various flutes, clarinet, horns, and other secret weapons. The tempo is mostly upbeat and dance-able. The tunes vary from folk, to reggae, to country, to punk, to experimental, and back again. The Fun Police don’t work really well with The Genre Police. As a whole The Fun Police are a tasty mix for consumption, an all-day cooked stew, or a delicious homemade pico de gallo for dipping. To some it might be an acquired taste like bacon, coffee, or donuts. The FP consider it a crime to take themselves too seriously, and are seldom seen arresting each other.
Venue Information:
Jazzbones
2803 6th Avenue
Tacoma, WA, 98406
http://www.jazzbones.com/