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Sunday, June 1, 2014

When Ratso Met Kinky



Here's a little quiz for you long time DC music fans:

Who was in a band with Eddie Angel of Los Straightjackets?
Who was featured as a character in more than one mystery?
What DC musician plays with that crazy ass Texan Kinky Friedman ?
Who is an Emmy award winning news camera man?

Who can lay claim to all the above?

None other than DC Ratso. 


If you hop into the way back machine with me, back when the Cellar Door was still happening in Georgetown circa 1978, Kinky liked to do a solo show back then, but he also liked to "turn on the juice and cut the damn thing loose" by the end of the night.  Through mutual friends, Kinky found just the man to hook him up with local musicians that could fill that bill: Jim Silman (aka Ratso since college days. ) Those of you who remember Switchblade and Tex Rubinowitz and the Bad Boys will know exactly whom I am talking about; those of you who don't can read all about it here thanks to Buzz McClain. 


Cellar Door might be a thing of the past and Switchblade is no longer together,  but DC Ratso, a not so fictional character, and Kinky Friedman, a character in his own rite, are still making beautiful music together.  Kinky next comes to town June 11 as part of the Washington Jewish Music Festival. (Apropos considering Kinky calls his home band "the Texas Jew Boys.") The festival runs today through June 14th, and features ALL kinds of music from klezmer to reggae, jazz to Broadway; ticketed shows as well as out door free events. Something for everyone, and that's the point.


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