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Sonny Burgess, Mars Attacks, Honeybees Early Warnings (Music) The List (Music) Soundboard

When: Fri., Dec. 3, 8:30 p.m. 2010
Price: $15, $12 in advance
There are two well-known recording artists named Sonny Burgess—the other one is a standard-issue Texas country dude, and no more needs to be said about him here. This Sonny Burgess, born in Arkansas in 1931 and drawn like a moth to the flame of Memphis's Sun Records in 1956, plays rowdy, swinging rockabilly in the classic style he helped define. Though he never reached the level of stardom he must have dreamed of, he and his band the Pacers consistently tore up the south, and songs like "Red Headed Woman" and "Tiger Rose" sound even fresher and sexier now that history has made it clear what a huge explosion they touched off. Burgess and his current group—now called the Legendary Pacers—still take to the road, playing casino gigs as well as the occasional high-profile festival in the U.S. and abroad, and Burgess hosts a weekly radio program called We Wanna Boogie back home in Arkansas. This is a rare opportunity to hear some of his legendary fire live. Mars Attacks and the Honeybees open. —Monica Kendrick

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