Win FREE TIX to the Star Spangled Washboard Band with Val Haynes & Todd Nelson @ the Steamer No. 10 Theatre on Saturday

The Star Spangled Washboard Band

The Star Spangled Washboard Band

Photographs by Walter Silver

The Eclectic Performance Series
presents

THE STAR SPANGLED WASHBOARD BAND
with special guests VAL HAYNES & TODD NELSON from Fear of Strangers
Saturday, April 21, 8pm
The Steamer No. 10 Theatre, Albany

Before Blotto was Blotto, its key members (including Broadway, Bowtie and Sarge) made music together as the Star Spangled Washboard Band – unleashing a wild, woolly amalgam of obscure jug band nuggets, off-the-wall, stream-of-consciousness humor, tight vocal harmonies and staggering instrumental technique (“staggering,” in all its various meanings) as evidenced by the band’s 1976 debut album on Flying Fish Records, “A Collector’s Item,” which, after all these years has finally lived up to its title.

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Formed in 1971, the band began its rise to prominence as eccentric curiosities at Gaslight Village in Lake George (“Martha, what are these crazed, hairy hippies doing in a family amusement park?”) before becoming a relentless touring machine, criss-crossing the country and Canada dozens of times with their zany comedy, devil-may-care attitude and classic, if decidedly off-kilter, songs.

They played everywhere from the Kerrville, Texas Folk Festival to NYC’s infamous Max’s Kansas City; from the Oklahoma State Fair to the Kennedy Center. They shared stages with the likes of Earl Scruggs, Muddy Waters, Peter Allen, Firesign Theater, Bill Monroe, Sha Na Na and B.B. King.

Phyllis Diller joined them for a song on “The Mike Douglas Show.” Jane Fonda joined them for a song at the People’s Bicentennial celebration in Washington, DC. Now you can join them, too… on Saturday night at the Steamer No. 10 Theatre in Albany.

The SSWB disbanded in 1978, and their sole reunion performance was a sold-out show at the Steamer in 1997. Every patron’s face was plastered…with a smile.

Call them eclectic…
Call them crazy…
Just don’t call them late for breakfast…

AND… to make the evening even more interesting, Val Haynes & Todd Nelson, from the legendary Fear of Strangers will open the show with an acoustic set drawn from the FoS catalog, the Lonesome Val years and now.

This promises to be a memorable evening from every angle – enjoying old memories and making new ones.

The reunion of the Star Spangled Washboard Band with Val Haynes & Todd Nelson will take place at 8pm on Saturday (April 21) at the Steamer No. 10 Theatre in Albany. Tix are on sale now for $13 in advance; $15 at the door. Call 518.438.5503 for further information or to order advance tix.

BUT WAIT… Have we got a deal for you! We’re giving away A PAIR OF FREE TIX to the show to one lucky Nippertown reader! To enter the contest, just post a comment below. Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. The winner will be selected at random and notified on Friday. Enter today! Congratulations to the winner, who has been notified by email.

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15 Responses to “Win FREE TIX to the Star Spangled Washboard Band with Val Haynes & Todd Nelson @ the Steamer No. 10 Theatre on Saturday”

  1. Candace Deisleyc says:

    Here’s the history of great music in Albany in one evening’s performance!! PLEASE choose me :)

  2. capgirl says:

    Fear of Strangers – came across a CD re-release of the their great record in the River Street Beat Shop last year. One of my favorites – ahhh, the good old days…

  3. I remember Blotto very well…….I. Don’t want to be a lifeguard,but I do want to be a winner !!

  4. Kim Kilby says:

    Can’t wait to see this show!

  5. Rich R says:

    I Love Zany Comedy and Music!

  6. Tim Raab says:

    I want to get the word out that a new Todd Nelson TN3 video went live tonight on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/TimRaabNorthern?feature=watch
    Their own composition: “Element Midnight”.

  7. Gary Farkas says:

    We used to book Blotto at UAlbany, loved them at Telethon, then followed the later bands – The Newports were the official band of the class of 85!

    Have gone to almost all of the Blotto shows in the area since.

    Would love to see this group play Saturday

  8. seymour says:

    1 in 8 odds of free tickets!!!!!

  9. LiLi says:

    Sure could use a good time right now — we’d love to go see the guys.

  10. Tim says:

    I think this would be Entertaining night and would love to see Broadway and the gang again

  11. tag says:

    This is so exciting!!!I feel like a palentologist being given the opportunity to view live dinosaurs!!!Phyllis Diller and Mike Douglas references….wow, names not mentioned in half a century.

  12. Jeff says:

    I would like to win, but even if i don’t, can I bring my original vinyl copy of “Collectors Item” to be signed?

  13. Debbie says:

    I would love to see Val again. I know I will see her at the JB Scott’s reunion, but this will be a great event as well.

  14. Tim says:

    94 year old Phyllis Diller said to say “Hi” to Bowtie! I wonder if she’ll be attending?

  15. LiLi says:

    Who won?

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