Hot Ticket: Kid Congo Powers and The Pink Monkey Birds @ Comet Ping-Pong, 2/18/11

The Gun Club
The Cramps
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

What do these legendary bands of the underground have in common? At one time or another Kid Congo Powers has been their guitar player! Never staying still for long, Kid Congo Powers has loaned his trademark guitar skills to all three of the bands through some of their best sounding periods. He co-founded The Gun Club but didn’t join them on a recording until the mid-80′s. Mainly because he was too busy helping Lux Interior and The Cramps corner the market on fried-brain, psychedelic, surf punk on their second and best album. Congo also collaborated with Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds on a few choice recordings in the early 90′s. Through all of this, there was no mistaking Kid Congo’s distinctive style.

This mad chicano’s instantly recognizable open-tuned, twang guitar sound will be front an center when Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds hit the back room at Comet on Friday night. The new band’s sound is very much in the vein of The Gun Club and The Cramps, with the damaged fuzz of 60′s sleaze rock gone punk. I’ve been hearing great things about this underground rock veteran’s recent shows; like his personality behind the microphone is as larger-than-life as his legendary guitar playing. This one’s going to be a helluva good time!

Kid Congo Powers and The Pink Monkey Birds
@ Comet Ping Pong
2/19/11 – 10pm
$12

Michael splits his free time between defending the little guy and championing the underdog. He has been haunting the concert halls, dive bars, and greasy spoons of DC for the last 16 years. His interests include live rock music, researching obscure military/political conflicts, and good hamburgers. He is a friendly grump, has wisdom beyond his years, and is on a life-long quest to attain music nirvana. Follow him on Twitter if you dare!

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