Annual showing of "The Last Waltz" is back at the Belly Up
Driving the news: Chest Fever, a San Diego-based The Band cover group, is back for its annual "The Last Waltz" show.
- After a year at the Magnolia in El Cajon, it's back at Belly Up in Solana Beach this year, on Sunday, Nov. 26 for $35.
Why it matters: It's an opportunity to celebrate the musical legacy of one of the most influential bands ever, while showcasing some of San Diego's best musicians.
- Or if you're not into all that, it's just a night of rocking music at a great venue.
Zoom out: The Band invited their friends, influences, heroes and collaborators to San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom to help say goodbye on Thanksgiving night of 1976.
- Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters, Emmylous Harris, Van Morrison, the Staples Singers, Dr. John and Neil Diamond made it an all-timer, and the film that documents it is a staple of best-ever lists.
Zoom in: Chest Fever follows the same set-up, bringing some of southern California's best musicians to fill the roles from the 1976 concert. This year's lineup:
- Marc Ford: The former lead guitarist of the Black Crowes is back, after years of stepping into Clapton's role (he hasn't broken a guitar strap mid-solo, though).
- Bryan Barbarin: Lead singer of San Diego soul group The Routine, has stood in for both Van Morrison and Dr. John.
- Jerry Raney: A San Diego music legend and co-founding guitarist of local cult favorite the Beat Farmers.
- Kimmi Bitter: Oceanside artist's self-described "surf and twang" sound won her this year's San Diego Music Award for best country artist.
- Anthony Cullins: This Fallbrook teenager's psychedelic soul has earned some heaping praise.
- Justin John Rodriguez: Singer/songwriter with a big country blues sound that San Diego Troubadour compared to Hank Williams and Townes Van Zandt.
- Nena Anderson: Singer for the honky-tonk band Brawley says her sound came from loving both the '70s Laurel Canyon and '80s L.A. punk that followed it.
What we're watching: Last year's show at the Magnolia in El Cajon was good, but couldn't match the energy from previous versions at Belly Up. We're glad it's back home.
- And if you can't make it to the show, get on board the tradition of watching "The Last Waltz" the night before Thanksgiving, while you handle meal prep.
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