Beulah and the Beat

By: Waleed Rashidi

Posted December 15, 2011 in Music


Mikey (guitar, vocal, harmonica); Beulah Mae (bass); Danny Jones (drums); Matt Karaffa (trumpet, egg shaker, vibra-slap); Nate Hull (saxophone, tambourine, guiro).


Lake Elsinore, Rancho Cucamonga, Fullerton, Orange.


Divebar Prophets (2011) Roll Dice Records.


“We draw from many influences. Musically our tastes range from Led Zeppelin to Johnny Cash, Queens of the Stone Age, Kings of Leon, Conway Twitty, Slim Harpo and anything by Jack White. We are also inspired by our friends like Red Devil Squadron, The Transers, Elm Street Rockers and Sandbox Bullies. We just love seeing great bands put on great shows. That’s what I aspire to do, put on a show that I would want to watch.”


It all began with two individuals who moved to Lake Elsinore. Throw in the mix a few talented neighbors rocking out for fun and the eventual merger of two local bands Last Real Deal and Ready for Vegas, Beulah and the Beat was born as a hybrid band with massive potential.

If you’re tired of the same old song-and-dance rock then Beulah and the Beat will add some much needed spice to your music meal. “It is what it is. We have known each other for so long it was easy to start a band and when we play live it’s like we are playing in our band room,” says bassist Beulah Mae. “Matt is always ready to knock out a kickass cowbell solo, and Nate throws in a little salt and pepper with a tambourine or güiro.”

You’ll often find this group jamming at The Hideaway, a popular Lake Elsinore spot. Either as a band or just as friends, the bar is the ideal place to enjoy each other’s company. “Expect the unexpected. The Hideaway is like a second home to us; our favorite bartender Melissa always treats us right and likes to share her special concoctions with us. You never know who is going to show up; it could be the dude that fixed your air conditioner last week or the mayor of Wildomar.”

It was also at that very bar that Beulah and the Beat decided to dress up like pirates. “Our last show at the Hideaway was pretty effing cool. We told everyone to dress like pirates. Our opening band R.T. Smut and The Blue Ribbon Pabst Smears did their homework, the singer played with a parrot on his shoulder and told a bunch of pirate jokes, and it was great. Our whole band dressed up as pirates, the bartenders were dressed up. You looked foolish if you weren’t dressed like a pirate!”

Beulah and the Beat’s newest album Divebar Prophets (released just two months ago) will prepare you for the many gigs that the band has planned for 2012. And by future plans I can only hint that you will definitely want to keep an eye on this band.

Beulah and the Beat at The Hideaway, 32392 Mission Trail, Lake Elsinore, (951) 245-4919. Fri, Dec. 16.

One Comment


    Thanks for showing some love for Sandbox Bullies…..

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