Johnny “Vatos” Tribute to Halloween 2006

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Any Oingo Boingo fans out there? 

     This weekend, I’m playing in the two coolest shows of the year: the Johnny “Vatos” Tribute to Halloween. Make no mistakes, this isn’t a Boingo “reunion” since the Elf-man won’t be there. Instead, its a celebration of all things Boingo and Halloween-y… performed by the very freaks who helped create this classic music. 

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Bt4 fronts the “Halloween Band” at the 2005 show 

     For the second year in a row, I’ve been Musical Director for this exciting project, forging original arrangements of classic Boingo tunes, adding in strings, horns, singers and other craziness as I go. In all, the ensemble more resembles an “orchestra” than a rock band! 

     The rhythm section of Steve Bartek, John Avila, Johnny “Vatos” Hernandez and Doug Lacy are frequent Battlestar Galactica musicians, as are singers Bt4 and Raya Yarbrough and violinist Paul Cartwright. You’ll even get the chance to see yours truly sing a solo song from The Nightmare Before Christmas! Trust me, this is a rare oportunity!

     This weekend, we will also make Boingo history with the first ever complete live performance of their groundbreaking original album Only a Lad. This has never happened before, and will never happen again… so don’t miss out!  

Tickets available through Ticketmaster:

  • THIS FRIDAY, October 20th at The Greek in Los Angeleswith
  • Dramarama and X.
  • THIS SATURDAY, October 21st at The Grove of Anaheim

 

Highlights from last year: 

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Guitarist Steve Bartek solos on Pedestrian Wolves

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Raya Yarbrough sings Sally’s Song while Bear McCreary plays accordion 

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Bassist John Avila leads Food For Feet’s rambunctious cover of Tequila

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Bt4 fronts the “Halloween Band” at the 2005 show. Behind him are Vatos at the drums and singer Raya Yarbrough

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The Tender Lumplings, 2005. Who will be there for 2006???

See you this weekend!

-Bear