The Hype: Quadrophenia has been rocking all things funk, punk, blues, garage and psych–with bands and DJs–every last Tuesday of the month at the Crosby in Santa Ana for the past year. Last night it was time to celebrate the anniversary. Orange County acts Charles' Mansion, Dva Damas and Brother Cecil provided the soundtrack for the drunken revelry.
The real standout of the show, though, was first opening act, zany roots blues revivalist Brother Cecil (the alter-ego DJ Oldboy). Joined by a drummer, he brought down the house in his full zombie makeup, looking like a creature from a George Romero flick while playing slide guitar like a Delta bluesmen. Haunting and hypnotizing blues riffs and a quivering voice that would make Jack White shit his pants, Brother Cecil reminded everyone why the blues are just so absolutely badass.
The Crowd: What do you expect? It's The Crosby. The place was filled with Orange County's hippest, best dressed crowd of 20somethings trying terribly hard to look like they don't give a fuck. A lot of skinny jeans, cardigans, tattoos, jean jackets and purposely unkempt hair. Oh, and two awesome Japanese dudes dancing their asses off while the rest of the crowd did their best to keep still.
Overheard: “I can't pay attention to this band, I think I saw that girl's tit.”