Music Scene: Jan. 1-7

It’s not exactly a religious revival.

Texas-based rockabilly band The Reverend Horton Heat will perform with guests Deadbolt on Monday, Jan. 4, at Mesa Theater and Club, 538 Main St.

The band’s Web site biography notes that it has won a fan cult following through nearly endless touring ethic and a musical style that is as rooted in tradition as it is in breaking it.

Jim “Reverend Horton” Heat plays guitar, and sings vocals, Jimbo Wallace plays an upright bass and Paul Simmons is on drums.

The band’s rockabilly/psychobilly/rock performance is described at http://www.reverendhortonheat.com as “a live act that turns rock clubs into psychobilly tent revivals across the country 300 days a year.”

Their most recent release, “Welcome to Laughin’ and Cryin’,” is a disc “full of country-heavy tunes about bad habits, well-meaning but clueless husbands, ever-expanding beer-guts and, well, Texas.”

Heath loves good ol’, mid-20th century country music.

“I really wanted to capture the feelings of recordings of the late ‘50s, early ‘60s,” Heat said of the songs on the new record.

Doors open at Mesa Theater and Club at 7 p.m. The show is at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at City Market stores, Mesa Theater and Club, Triple Play Records and Back Porch Music.

Call 241-1717 for information.

Other music events in the area:

• Jason Mitchell, country/Southern rock Nashville recording artist, Whiskey River, 490 28 1/4 Road, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 1, 241-5179.

• “Man of La Mancha” presented by High Desert Opera, Avalon Theatre, 645 Main St., 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 2, $19, $29, $39 adults; $15, $25, $35 seniors and children ages 12 and under, $10 bargain seats, tickets at Roper Music, 523-9605, highdesertopera.org.

• Robert Earl Keen, Americana legend, Avalon Theatre, 645 Main St., Thursday, Jan. 7, 7:30 p.m., $25 and $30 reserved seating, 243-9711, http://www.palisademusic.com.


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