Los Straitjackets Invade the HopMonk Tavern Session Room on March 28, 2024 in Novato, California



On March 28, 2024, I headed out to The HopMonk Tavern in Novato California. The concert was Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys and Los Straitjackets and what a great event it was. They were epically staged performers on a perfect night for a sold-out show so we were in for a treat.

Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys were up first. This band whipped the crowd into a frenzy quickly with their Rock-a-Billy genre and the sold-out crowd was into it. The pace was up and the audience kept their enthusiasm right up with them. The set had the crowd dancing and swinging to the tunes. Songs like “Fine, Fine, Super Fine”, “Wasted Days and Wasted Nights”, “Chalk it up to the Blues”, and Freddy Fender’s “Until the Next Teardrop Falls” and the audience stayed enthralled the entire set. 


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Ashley Kingman – guitar

Big Sandy – guitar, vocals

Joe Perez – drums

Russell Scott  – bass



Los Straitjackets finished the concert on the night.  The Straightjackets are a largely instrumental band. Jamming is this band’s schtick and they are tight and pros. Celebrating 30 years of playing together and they did it with style. Sporting their signature luchador masks, they are amazing to watch perform. Playing classics as well as some new tunes that included, “Bumper Car” and “High Wire Act”. The “Chicken Song” was my favorite song of the night, which was complete with a rubber chicken doing vocals. Towards the end of the set, they had Big Sandy come up and sing a few songs with the band. Given that Big Sandy doesn’t speak Spanish, and the Los Straitjackets don’t speak English, this made for an epic collaboration in which the crowd agreed. With a few more songs, they were done and the crowd wanted more.


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Eddie Angel – guitar

Pete Curry – bass

Chris Sprague – drums

Greg Townson – guitar







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