On July 16th, Strawberry Alarm Clock delivered a very special time for the audience members in the intimate setting at Bogies! I heard some of the best vintage rock and roll that night from this psychedelic/acid rock band that is made up of masterful musicians who played their flower power electric thread shirts off! LOL.
I was right back to my adolescent years when the rock scene was exploding with the amazing talent of musicians who mixed the genres of rock, blues, and jazz improvisation to create some of the most memorable sounds of music ever. Strawberry Alarm Clock had it all – the original harmonies, the trippy psychedelic art flashing in the background, the distinct electrifying solos by Howard Anderson on electric guitar, Gene Gunnels, on drums, George Bunnell on bass, Randy Seol, drums, vibes, (whatever he could get his hands on…LOL) Mark Stephen Weitz, keys, and Steve Bartek, flute, guitar… perfection!
They gave the audience so many of their hit songs last night that we all could sing the lyrics to and rock out on. I simply marveled at the complex musical compositions overlaid with the change up of rhythm, playful interludes of campy sound, and the sophistication of interplay between all the instruments.
When Randy Seol and Gene Gunnels roared back and forth on their respective drums… the room detonated into a powerhouse of colossal cadence. YES!!! The entire evening felt like the door to my adolescence was opened and I danced right inside with the joy of taking a magic carpet ride into musical ecstasy.
Strawberry Alarm Clock struck the perfect time for the audience at Bogies – time to be forever young, time to be forever rocking and rolling. Happy 50th Anniversary!
Strawberry Alarm Clock’s website:http://strawberryalarmclock.
Photo Credit: Sheryl Aronson/ The Hollywood 360