Announced as The Fifth Annual Have A Shitty Christmas Spectacular, these two shows did not need a lot of time to sell out - five hours after the announcement went out, all tickets for the Saturday show were gone and a few days later, the Friday show sold out as well.
This blog contains many other write-ups that focus on Jackshit, the band, so I won't repeat the real names of the band members, nor their assumed monikers.
The band was in their usual great form, both in terms of music and humor, with Rock & Roll Hall-Of-Famer Pete Thomas being more talkative than ever before.
As a tribute to the recently passed-on Jack Bruce, Jackshit played a great version of "White Room", featuring Shorty's outstanding vocals. Beau stayed away from the guitar lines of Cream's original recorded and came up with his own tasty riffs.
As always, the band's Christmas shows generated a certain buzz, as we were all wondering who the surprise guests might be. This year we must declare ourselves happy with the crop of guests who popped in for a few songs each. Here are their names:
Friday: Jackson Browne, Tammy Faye Starlite, Larry Goldings, Charlie Faragher, Nick Vuckovich
Saturday: Dave Alvin, Vonda Shepard, Charlie Faragher, Nick Vuckovich, Pammy & Jimmy Faragher
|Unannounced guest Jackson Browne at McCabe's|
|Guest Dave Alvin at McCabe's|
|Guests Larry Goldings and Tammy Faye Starlite|
Youngsters Charlie Faragher (drums) and Nick Vuckovich (vocals), both members of a pre-teen band named Bang, joined Val McCallum and Davey Faragher to deliver "Nobody's Fault But Mine", from the repertoire of Led Zeppelin. In spite of their young age, Charlie and Nick did exceptionally well.
|Guest Nick Vuckovich|
|Guests Pammy & Jimmy|
|Guest Vonda Shepard|
Here are the set lists of the two shows:
|Set list - December 5|
|Set list - December 6|
|Val McCallum at McCabe's|
|Val and Pammy|
|Davey Faragher at McCabe's|
|Val McCallum and Jackson Browne at McCabe's|
|Pete Thomas at McCabe's|
|Concert Director Lincoln Myerson announcing the show|