CHRIS O'CONNELL & THE SMARTALECKS
"Country, Western Swing and jazz"
Chris O'Connell - vocals/ guitar (Asleep at the Wheel)
Don Margraf - guitar
Alex Aspinall - drums
Lee Bloom - keys
Brandon Essex - upright bass
Paul Anastasio - fiddle
Special Guest: Bobby Black - pedal steel guitar
Chris OʼConnell and the SmartAlecks, a five-piece combo from the Bay Area, features Grammy Award-winning guitarist and vocalist Chris
OʼConnell, an original member of Americaʼs premier western swing band, Asleep At The Wheel. Chrisʼs song book is heavy with 1940s r&b and swing tunes, country music, western swing, jazz, and classic pop. Among Chrisʼ specialties is interpretation of songs written by some of todayʼs most prolific and intriguing songwriters, including Asleep At The Wheel alumnus LeRoy Preston, “Titan of the Telecaster” Bill Kirchen, and long time collaborator and pal Blackie Farrell. Any given musical menu might contain tunes by Amos Milburn, Dolly Parton, Clyde McPhatter, Ella Fitzgerald, and Hank Williams.
With over 150 collective yearsʼ experience playing music for friends, fans, and aficionados, Chris OʼConnell and the SmartAlecks bring range and mastery to every occasion. They illuminate! They commiserate! They celebrate! Come see how they do it!
Doors open 7:30
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