Tim Parswons

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October 6, 2011
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Whiskey Dick's Saloon has a unique crowd for punk rockabilly

The slosh pit awaits the punk rockabilly trio from Los Angeles, the Rocketz.

"We can keep them swing dancing or moshing, whatever the crowd is," said guitarist Tony "Slash" Red-Horse, who has played Whiskey Dick's Saloon three times, enough to know its audience. "This is a drinking crowd."

Call it slosh.

The Rocketz coalesced in 2004 and released its first record a year later. It had another CD in 2009, the year drummer Andrew Martinez died.

"After the passing of Andrew we regrouped and decided to do it full-time," Slash said. "He wanted us to."

The Rocketz recently completed a national tour with the Chop Tops, which included a stop at Reno. It plays a four-show swing during the week of Slash's birthday.

"I am celebrating it each night," he said. "I have a designated driver for each one."

The Rocketz begin a five-week tour on Oct. 12.

Slash said his band's music is not psychobilly.

"We're more of an American sound," he said. "Psychobilly is more European. We call it punk rockabilly."

For the Tahoe show, Nick Anchondo will play bass and Al Serrato the drums. Anthony Drinkwater, Slash's son, is the usual drummer.

This will be the Rocketz's first Tahoe show in nearly two years.

"I really like South Lake Tahoe," Slash said. "I really like the little township."

Let the sloshing begin.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Oct 6, 2011 01:53PM Published Oct 6, 2011 01:52PM Copyright 2011 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.