Event Details

Rockabilly Legend Sleepy La Beef with The Twilight Drifters

Momo Sacramento Presents

Rockabilly Legend Sleepy La Beef with The Twilight Drifters

The Twilight Drifters

Thu, June 6, 2019

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

$20.00 - $25.00

Tickets at the Door

Sleepy La Beef
Sleepy La Beef
An Arkansas-born, Texas-bred musical road warrior, Sleepy LaBeef has been playing gigs all across America and overseas for more than 55 years, and at 78 years old his powers are undiminished. LaBeef’s music crosses all borders of American roots music from rockabilly to gospel, country, blues, and more. Standing 6’7” with a rumbling basso-profundo voice and driving electric guitar style, he is known to many of his fans as “The Human Jukebox” because of his huge repertoire of songs.

He moved to Houston from Arkansas in 1954, and began performing in various local clubs and venues. In 1956, made his debut on the Louisiana Hayride radio show. He first recorded in 1957 for Starday, releasing rockabilly singles such as “I’m Through.” In 1964 he moved to Nashville and signed with Columbia Records, and charting with the single “Blackland Farmer.”

In the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s LaBeef continued his non-stop touring around the Northeast U.S. and Europe, opening shows for artists like the Stray Cats and Shakin’ Stevens, and recorded for Sun, Rounder Records and MC Records. Moving back to Arkansas in the late ‘90s, he continued to tour and opened a number of shows for Willie Nelson, an old friend from the early ‘50s in Houston.

Renowned bassist and producer Dave Pomeroy, who played with Sleepy in the 1970’s, brought LaBeef to Nashville in 2012 to film a live concert and record in historic RCA Studio B. Director Seth Pomeroy weaves four short documentary segments into the concert footage, using studio footage, interviews, and archival segments to create a compelling portrait of an artist whose passion for roots music is only matched by the size of his repertoire of songs.

The resulting film, Sleepy LaBeef Rides Again was selected for the Nashville Film Festival and was released on DVD by Earwave Records, along with the companion soundtrack CD. Roots music historian Peter Guralnick appears in the film, calling Sleepy “one of the greatest live performers of this or any other era,” and Rides Again proves his point. LaBeef still tours regularly, plays Europe several times a year, and recently played Lincoln Center’s “American Roots” concert series in New York City with James Burton.

Along with Johnny Cash and Big Bill Broonzy, LaBeef is featured on the cover of the new Encyclopedia of Arkansas Music. His appearance at Nashville’s Americana Festival received rave reviews as did his recent appearances at the Richmond Folk Festival and the Bangor Music and Arts Festival. He is a one of a kind performer and showman extraordinaire who leaves no audience unsatisfied. After more than 55 years on the road, Sleepy LaBeef remains a humble man who truly is the living embodiment of what has now become known as Americana music.
The Twilight Drifters
Venue Information:
Momo Sacramento
2708 J Street
Sacramento, CA, 95816