California Rockabilly Bands


palominos band The Palominos rockabilly band from San Diego won round two of the hot ticket concert series in Costa Mesa. Honky tonk and rockabilly are associated with Nashville and the south, but West Coast Rockabilly, a blend of rock & hillbilly, has gone on strong for nearly as long as recording studios have been around.


Country legend Jimmie Rodgers' use of blues-based chord progressions are looked at as one of the launch points toward a genre of music that creatively combined a little blues with country, leading into the early stages of rock & roll, and eventually forming what is now called Rockabilly. Coming into prominence first on the stages and recordings from Nashville, the music's popularity grew and was integrated into many top performers songs & acts. Elvis, The Beatles, and nearly every rock band has performed a rockabilly song or two as part of their repertoire.


Costa Mesa -- The 2010 Rockabilly showdown in Costa Mesa provides an excellent opportunity to experience and immerse yourself in Rockabilly music--and amazingly the cost is only a few bucks admission or free with canned goods donation into Orange County Market Place.


Costa Mesa Rockabilly Showdown Schedule:


  • Saturday, May 15, 2010 - Brian Jay and the Last Call Boys perform at noon, Amber Foxx at 1 p.m. and the Hi Lo Trio at 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 29 - Blue Collar Combo at noon, Becky and the Blacktones at 1 p.m. and the 454’s at 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 5 - Showdown Finals where top four bands compete for $2,500 in cash awards
The Showdown concerts and swap meet admission is FREE with the donation of a canned food item for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County. Regular admission is $2 and children 12 and under are always free. Location: 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA. 



About the Palominos:


The Palominos band is made up of  brothers Thomas and James Zurek, playing guitar and bass respectively, with music inspired by  Buck Owens, Ralph Mooney, Wynn Stewart, and other artists from country music's Toppa Records label.


Along with Lance Hawkins on vocals and guitar and Mike Marcott on drums, the quartet, clad in cowboy attire themed from the 1960’s, play a mix of obscure country classics and their own originals infused with twanging.