As much as any music style, rockabilly is about history—riffs, rolled cuffs, tats and ’tude passed down like family heirlooms. You can see the metaphorical torch get passed at this gig, featuring Paging Beto—a new act that tilts blues rock but is made up of regional rock, punk and psychobilly legends—and next-generation rockabilly headliners Three Bad Jacks, keepers of the flame. Paging Beto played its first gig at Dave Alvin’s inaugural Dog and Pony Show benefit concert last September, and its bad-ass boogie has been knockin’ ‘em dead old-school style during a recent residency at the Redwood Bar & Grill in downtown L.A. The Blasters’ Bill “Buster” Bateman anchors the beast on drums while Social D’s Jonny Wickersham tears off slick guitar runs. The line-up also includes Pat “Frenchie” French (The Joneses) on vocals and gob iron, bassist Gil T. (Top Jimmy and the Rhythm Pigs) and Justin “The Killer” Slater on rhythm guitar. Their extended pedigree also includes The Cramps, Thelonious Monster, Cadillac Tramps, Youth Brigade, U.S. Bombs and a host of other regional mainstays. Three Bad Jacks, led by the appropriately named guitarist/singer Elvis Sussia, tap into some of that history for their own spin on classic rockabilly. It’s got plenty of full-throttle surf guitar, doghouse bass and Hot Rod percussion, but the songs range stylistically enough that the band has been right at home opening for Dwight Yoakam, Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros and Bouncing Souls, among others.
Three Bad Jacks, Paging Beto, No Dice and Death Valley Drifters at The Vibe, 1805 University Ave., Riverside, (951) 788-0310, www.myspace.com/thevibebarandgrill, May 9