San Francisco musicians are gathering once again to celebrate revolutionary Clash front man and solo artist Joe Strummer at the 10th annual Strummerfest.
The concert at Bottom of the Hill on Saturday headlined by The Hooks and featuring Chris von Sneidern, Eastern Span and the Interchords will benefit Strummerville, a charity founded in 2002 by Strummer’s wife Lucinda shortly after his death.
Strummerville is devoted to helping aspiring musicians realize their artistic visions and assists musicians by giving them access to recording studios, a platform on the Strummerville website for their music and other services, like a tour bus for gigs.
Also, to celebrate what would have been Strummer’s 60th birthday this year, Hellcat records digitally recently released Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros, the Hellcat Years, an album consisting of rarities, b-sides, and previously released material, recorded between 1999-2002.
During those years, Strummer experienced an artistic rebirth, with one reviewer calling Streecore, Strummer’s 2003 posthumous album, his best since London Calling. The album contains several live tracks including three Clash songs performed with former Clash member Mick Jones during a benefit for a Fire Brigade’s Union, as well as a cover of The Ramones’s Blitzkrieg Bop. Hellcat is also reissuing Strummer’s three records with the Mescaleros, Rock Art and the X-Ray Style, Global A Go-Go and Streetcore, on September 25th. ~ By Bryan Krol
Strummerfest is at Bottom of the Hill on Saturday, August 25. Doors open at 8pm, with the first band starting at 8:30pm. Admission is $10. More info. More info.