Commander Cody

The Orpheum Presents:

Commander Cody

Buckit

Sunday, April 9 2017

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

$15.00 - $17.00

This event is all ages

Commander Cody
Commander Cody
Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen were equally adept at stripped-down basic rock & roll, R&B, and gritty country-rock. Commander Cody's country-rock rocked harder than the Eagles or Poco -- essentially, the group was a bar band. Much like English pub rock bands like Brinsley Schwarz and Ducks Deluxe, Commander Cody resisted the overblown and bombastic trends of early-'70s rock, preferring a basic no-frills approach. Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen never had the impact of the British pub rockers, yet their straightforward energy gave their records a distinguishing drive; they could play country, Western swing, rockabilly, and R&B, and it all sounded convincing.

The group originally formed in 1967 in Ann Arbor, MI. The original lineup included Commander Cody himself (born George Frayne IV; piano), John Tichy (lead guitar), Steve Schwartz (guitar), Steve Davis (aka the West Virginia Creeper; bass), and Ralph Mallory (drums). When the group relocated to San Francisco the following year, only Frayne, Bolton, and Tichy made the move; the group's membership had been bolstered to include Billy C. Farlow (vocals, harp), Andy Stein (fiddle, saxophone), guitarist Billy Kirchen, bassist "Buffalo" Bruce Barlow, and drummer Lance Dickerson for their 1971 debut album, Lost in the Ozone.

The following year the group scored a fluke Top Ten hit with "Hot Rod Lincoln," taken from their first album, Lost in the Ozone. Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen were never able to capitalize on the single's success, partially because their albums never completely captured their live energy. They continued to release albums until Tichy left the band in 1976. Commander Cody released his first solo album, Midnight Man, in 1977, then he re-formed the group as the Commander Cody Band. The group recorded three albums between 1977 and 1980. In 2009, after a 23-year hiatus, Commander Cody returned to the studio for Dopers, Drunks and Everyday Losers, a collection of new songs and classics from the Cody catalog.
Buckit
Buckit
In 2007, based in the high country of Northern Arizona, Buckit was formed by singer song writer, Chad C. Chad has spent many years touring and recording on a label from Nashville. After getting off the road and settling down in Flagstaff, AZ., Buckit came alive. Buckit has put together a playing and songwriting style they like to call, “Groove Rock,” which mixes melodic rock with finesse. Joining Chad at the time the band was formed was original drummer, Rob Ross, who’s been a staple in the Northern Arizona music scene for many years. Rob adds that Buckit groove for a driving sound. Buckit later added John Dillon, guitar and vocals, to the mix. John has helped to bring the clean guitar ring with clear, added vocals to the writing style. On bass is true rock veteran Jim Christensen, whose experience has shared the stages with many rock moguls. Together, Buckit brings their original music, with select covers, to all crowds and ages. Buckit has also shared the stages with many greats, such as; Great White, George Thorogood, Roger Clyne, and Aaron TIppin.

Sit back, relax, they’ll take it from here!