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Dan Hicks Coming to Armando's This Sunday

Bay Area musical legend is bringing his jazz band and singing standards from the Great American Song Book.

By Georgia Rowe

January 25, 2011

Dan Hicks has come a long way.  The acclaimed Bay Area singer-songwriter, a veteran of the folk music heyday of the 1950s and psychedelic era of the 1960s, is currently putting his distinctive stamp on American jazz standards.

Not that Hicks, who makes his first appearance at Armando’s Sunday afternoon, has given up writing songs, or fronting his longtime band, Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks.  He’s still doing that, as well as recording, performing and touring with others: when he called last week from his home in Marin County , he had just returned from a four-island tour of Hawaii with Maria Muldaur.

But Hicks says he’s drawn to standards: great American songs like “Pennies from Heaven” and “Stella by Starlight” – and having a great time playing them with the group he calls Bayside Jazz.

“I’ve always liked these songs – all that good writing and melodies and everything,” Hicks explained.  “I started doing them about twenty years ago – singing standards off and on, with my guitar, throwing them into my act.  I finally got a little combo together in the late 80s and got some friends, tried it out, and it was cool.”

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Year-end message from Dan Hicks

January 4, 2011

Mill Valley, CA

Hello to all the true-blue Hixsters!  First, many thanks for the beyond-the-call Birthday greetings sent my way!  You shouldn’t have!

And thanks for the continuing “support” thru 2010.  Two thousand and eleven promises to be a fruitful year here in Hixlandia and there will be many things to chat about! Thanks again.

Yours truly,

Daniel Hicks —

His exalted most-revered high priest of folk-swingingest and mind-expanding platitudes known to human-kind, Earth-wise, Esq.

 

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Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks LIVE @ Belly Up - 12/15/10

The annual “Holidaze In Hicksville” tour is hitting the Belly Up Tavern on Wednesday, December 15th! You don’t want to miss the band playing brand new material from “Crazy For Christmas” along with your favorite hits!

Belly Up Tavern

Tickets are $22 / $24 day of show

8pm / Doors at 7pm



WOW! CONGRATULATIONS BRIAN!!!

 WOW! CONGRATULATIONS BRIAN!!!

On Your 11th Grammy Nomination For "Sleepwalk" - Best Pop Instrumental Performance

Out of the thousands of instrumental songs released this year, the music world voted you in the top five.

Congrats to your fellow nominees:

Laurie Anderson 
Jeff Beck
Stanley Clarke
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