Live music and Oktoberfest jams featured at Steve’s Guitars |

Live music and Oktoberfest jams featured at Steve’s Guitars

From Oktoberfest-inspired acoustics to instrument-spanking blues and jazz, Steve’s Guitars will fill its energetic venue with a variety of sounds this weekend. Today, singer, songwriter and guitarist Kelly Joe Phelps – hailing from the Badlands of South Dakota – will play selections from his recently released live CD, “Tap the Red Cane Whirlwind,” at Steve’s 204th consecutive Friday night show. Tickets are $20 and available at the door or by calling 963-3304. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8:30 p.m.Phelps’ newest CD features recordings made in McCabe’s in Santa Monica and the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley, two quaint venues he has played for years.”I bet he might feel right at home on our little stage,” said store owner Steve Standiford, via e-mail. “Check out his Web site ( where musicians like Steve Earle, The Edge and Bill Frisell rave about Kelly Joe’s playing. There will be no opening acts so we can have a full evening with this talented musician.”Live music continues Saturday as Standiford keeps his doors open during the afternoon for the Fourth Annual Carbondale Oktoberfest celebration. Starting at noon, valley musicians Craig and Lorraine Curry and Elliott Leonard, of Acoustic Mayhem, will perform. Rich Huttenhower and Eric Gross will join the jam at 4 p.m.”You may have seen these talented local musicians who have good day jobs but somehow found a way to learn how to play outside their homes,” Standiford said. “Huttenhower and Gross played a great show at Lobster and Music Fest and made some more fans.”At 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Steve’s Guitars hosts the Asylum Street Spankers, a seven-piece novelty swing, blues and jazz ensemble from Texas. According to the band, the name originated from playing on Guadalupe Street, which ran into the state hospital, and the guitar players’ vigorous “spanking” of their instruments. In 1999, the band formed its own label, Spanks-a-Lot Records.”The Spankers continue to tour the United States, Europe and Japan and they are now a ‘world-renowned underground institution and one of the planet’s most distinctive musical acts,” Standiford said. “And, we get to see them perform in tiny, old historic Carbondale.”Tickets are $15 and available at the door or by calling ahead for reservations.Contact April E. Clark: 945-8515, ext.

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