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Playing Around: Hillbilly Hellcats 

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While there are a million rockabilly and swing bands out there partaking of the Brown Derby fetish the live-music club scene has developed, one stands out as being truly unique. Instead of rehashing the same old lost-love, swing-little-girl-swing and hot-rod themes, the Hillbilly Hellcats combine the rollicking beats of "traditional" rockabilly with a little bit of punk and a lot of modern feel to create a kind of "psychobilly" that's propelling them up the college charts.

The band was formed four years ago, by guitarist Chuck Hughes and upright bassist Lance Bakemeyer, who decided to keep the repertoire all original as a way to present rockabilly in a "living, evolving form." With the addition of drummer Tim Theis, they were complete. The Hellcats have received more than their fair share of kudos from the media, being described as "what Brian Setzer always wanted the Stray Cats to be but could never achieve" by Las Vegas City Life and characterized as "white-trash passion that is almost cinematic" by the New York Press.

The Hillbilly Hellcats will be serving up their fast-paced-punkish swing Deliverance style at Meadow Muffins' 21-and-up Halloween bash on Saturday night. Wear your best costume, you might just win something, other than the respect of your peers. Admission is free. Call 633-0583 for more.

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