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Bistro Setup

Posted on: September 21st, 2018 by Tim No Comments

Collapsible Setup Algorithm

Ever wondered what bands do before a show? This footage is from a rehearsal 9/20/2018 (last night) as well as a 1hr 15min setup of our Bistro show magically reduced to about 2 minutes from May, 2004. Wish it was that easy!

See us recreate this magic feat tomorrow night at our return to the Bistro. The beer is great, so’s the music and the show is FREE.

(Catch us before we become inexpensive!)

The Bistro – 1001 B Street. Hayward California.

Saturday September 22nd 9pm to 12am.

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New Product endorsement for our Bistro Show

Posted on: September 20th, 2018 by Tim No Comments
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With Added Rocks and Skas for Fiber!

Corporate Funding Goes with the ‘Beats

A new round of angel funding has just concluded subsidizing the upcoming Offbeats’ Free Show at the Bistro.  Our media team and product analysis experts felt that a new cereal with zero sugar, zero fiber, zero gluten, zero meat, zero fat, and zero contents would really rock the fans. Included in each box is one of the two action figures from the 90’s era band, left over from some other corporate endorsement gone bad, featuring Darrell Preece, our drummer who played on our 2nd CD and  Tim Boomer on bass who hasn’t been seen in years. Other action figures (or pending legal action) will soon follow, as soon as we can get the other musicians out of bed (or out of the studio) to have their entire bodies scanned for accuracy.

Come see and hear us LIVE and tell us what you think!

The Bistro – 1001 B Street. Hayward California. September 22nd 9pm to 12am. FREE.

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Offbeats Ear Protection Initiative

Posted on: September 15th, 2018 by Tim No Comments
Offbeats - A name you can trust. Fine Earplugs since 2015.

Offbeats – A brand you can trust. Fine Earplugs since 2015.

EPA (Environmental Production Agency) Ordered Action

This morning the new Supreme Leaders Court (which acted in advance of the new justice being anointed to power) insisted via Twitter Post Edict (TPE) that Offbeats need to provide FREE Earplugs in order to play their FREE upcoming show in Hayward at the Bistro and to avoid further fines, penalties, and emotional damage. Now that mobile phone ear buds have taken over the noxious job of creating ear damage, Offbeats no longer need to lead the way in destroying ear drums on such a large scale basis. Tim Boomer, deaf bassist for Offbeats and former bassist for Who Too, who held the record in the Guiness Draft Ale Book of Records for destroying more ears in Northern California and Nevada in 2014 than any other bassist for a Who tribute band  was quoted as saying “Huh? What did you say?”

The NEA (Nathional Earplug Association) spokesmodel who will not be named said “You can pry my earplugs out of my dead ears but you will never get me to put my rock and ska down!” An unnamed Offbeats fan countered by saying “Whaaaat? Did you say something?”

To claim your right to pick up YOUR earplugs and defend yourself …..

Come see and hear us LIVE and tell us what you think!

The Bistro – 1001 B Street. Hayward California. September 22nd 9pm to 12am. FREE.

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Upcoming Show Planning from the deep Past

Posted on: September 11th, 2018 by Tim No Comments
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Secret meeting at the Offbeats Lab

The Game is Afoot

Just to show how long we have been planning this show, we have proof! A fictional serious band discussion that never ensued with our past drummer Andy Scott did not happen back in 1987 about what songs we might or might not play in 2018 at the gig you will soon see at

The Bistro – 1001 B Street. Hayward California. Saturday September 22nd 9pm to 12am. FREE.

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Are you confused yet? Good. Just the way we want you to be. Just show up and all your questions will be answered.

Offbeats @ the Bistro September 22

Posted on: September 7th, 2018 by Tim

Offbeats 9.22.18Offbeats New Lineup at the Bistro

The Bistro in Hayward will be hosting a special show, our first with our new band members. We will play 3 sets of our familiar original tunes as well as some new songs and well known covers. This show is our first public performance in years. Catch us while we are still Free and before we become Inexpensive.

We have been in rehearsal and playing private shows, and in our cloning lab conjuring up new tunes, and videos but this is our first chance to try this on stage at our old home away from home in Hayward. Along with our original material we have well known covers from the 60’s reaching to the present, from Aretha to Pharrell Williams.

Come see and hear us LIVE and tell us what you think!

The Bistro – 1001 B Street. Hayward California. September 22nd 9pm to 12am. FREE.

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Offbeats 9.22.18 at the Bistro

 

 

“New” Original Music / Same old World – Can we save it ?

Posted on: July 21st, 2018 by Tim

Musings from our current Post Humanitarian World

It is amazing how much the world ebbs and flows with human cultural change and how each time we think we have evolved past all that “bad stuff” it comes back. Offbeats continue to write original songs that seem relevant decade after decade. Take “Can’t save the World”, by our resident cynic and guitarist Jay Kadis.

A “new” song gracing our live sets, the first lines sound quite familiar though this tune was first out on Jay’s “NumbSkulls” solo cassette released in 1990.  Consider, if you will:

“The planet’s gone crazy, don’t know what to do. The people in charge simply don’t have a clue. But that doesn’t stop ’em. It’s full speed ahead. At this rate, some morning , we’ll all wind up dead.”

A good example of Jay’s normal cheery sentimental outlook, sure to uplift the cold, barely alive hearts of Conservatives  everywhere while they kick the can down the pothole filled road.

We love this tune. Not only is it a fun and uplifting peek at our lovely post-humanitarian world it provides the band with a killer groove we can improvise with and a framework that leads to jamming. We hope to see you get out of your houses, away from your TV and the ‘Net, and into the streets (or clubs) to see us play this live in the near future.

30 years of Rock ‘n’ Ska | Offbeats

Posted on: June 7th, 2018 by Tim No Comments

Is 30 Middle Aged ? – You Decide

This is what 30 years of playing in a band with the same folks looks like. Does that make us a middle-aged band – being 30 and all? Rumor has it that Offbeats have recently been sighted, moving out of the studio and back to the stages. This video is a mix of two performances, from 1992 at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz and a recent performance at CCRMA’s Ballroom in Stanford.  If you appreciate us – you know what to do – please go to our FB page @EastBayBeats  and like us, subscribe to our Youtube channel: Offbeats, and join our mailing list on our website: www.offbeats.com so we can connect with you. We’ll be posting more video like this  and hopefully see you soon on a stage near you.

New Facebook Short name @eastbaybeats

Posted on: March 6th, 2018 by Tim No Comments

Our process to get a short name on Facebook was pretty interesting. At first it seemed that we did not have some number of “likes” or “followers” or perhaps that the name “Offbeats” was taken. Time and again we tried things like “Offbeats Band”, “Offbeats”, “Offbeats NoThe” and kept getting errors. Finally I noticed an error message saying we had “illegal characters” that could not be used. Whaaaaaat? Was someone confused here? Isn’t this English? Illegal? Should I have chosen Latin? After contacting their development techs, searching again and again through help pages and blogs I FOUND IT. You cannot use the letters F and B together in a Facebook Short name. As in OF FB EATS. HMMM. FB – Facebook. I wonder why?  Gee. Golly. Someone might confuse the FB in offbeats with Facebook and go to the Offbeats Page instead thinking they were on Facebook. Whaaat?

SO – we are @EASTBAYBEATS.

So all you folks out there who are trying to get a Facebook Short name – if you have these two characters – you are illegal and should actually change the name of your band, product, book or whatever so you can get a short name… or just adapt. Hey, Facebook is a free service right. Like I should complain. Thank you Facebook!

 

 

Second Blues Video of the Seventh son of the Seventh son….

Posted on: March 23rd, 2016 by Tim No Comments

The Bistro, 11-17-02. Hayward, California. This is the second video and the second tune from the second set in that 2002 show – is that like the seventh son of the seventh son of the … ? Never mind. This track also features our friend Irving Lubliner on blues harp. Are you confused yet? Good. If not – see the previous post/video.

This video is also the second in our Blues series. Offbeats is not a blues band, by any means, but we have all been influenced by the blues, as have most of our generation. Though we play what we call Rock’n’Ska it’s like: “We have to have a genre, right? OK. We’ll call it Rock’n’Ska.” We play blues, rock, ska, reggae, funk, motown, New Orleans, South African, 80’s, 90’s originals, covers, and even a few tunes from this century! And the cool thing is that it all sounds like us. You gotta see us to understand!

“You Got Me” was originally recorded (the CD track, that is) after lunch one day at CCRMA studios at Stanford. I only had ONE beer with that burrito, really, and I remember we had an audience in the control room so it pumped us up. We burned on that session even though I thought that we were recording “scratch” tracks (to be used only to accompany DP’s final drum tracks). Though I tried many times to get a better bass track with overdubs I was never able to equal the original so that’s what you hear on our 2nd CD “Rock’n’Ska”. Irving later came in to the studio to overdub his harp and it really lent that true blues feeling to the sessions.

So, by November in 2002, we also got Irv to play live with us at the Bistro. Though these videos from the Bistro have little bass in the mix, the band was still smokin’ and Irv’s harp sounds as good as it did in the studio.

And if you like this video, please like our page on facebook. https://www.facebook.com/Offbeats-572733659405921

Offbeats’ Blues / Born in Chicago

Posted on: March 21st, 2016 by Tim

Offbeats is not, actually, a Blues band (big surprise) but on November 17th, 2002 we played a gig with our friend Irving Lubliner at the Bistro in Hayward who is a blues musician. Irv had played harp in the studio sessions for our 2nd CD “Rock’n’Ska” on one of Jay’s songs “You Got Me”. His harp really blended with us on the recording so we asked him to sit in with us on stage as it was too much fun to stop.

It was a good night at the Bistro. We started the second set with this tune, a cover of the Butterfield Blues Band‘s “Born In Chicago”, written by Nick Gravenitis, a tune that Irv and I must have listened to a zillion times back in the day. There are also two other videos from this show with Irv that we will upload soon. Keep an eye on our video page.

A bit of personal blues history

The back story is that though Irv and I were not actually born in Chicago, I’ve known Irv since we went to high school together and he is one of the first musicians I hung out with. We spent a lot of time immersed in music together, in the late 60’s, mostly listening to Blues, Rock, and Psychedelia. Everybody from Canned Heat (who’s blues style we later discovered was derived from John Lee Hooker) to local blues bands like Mother Earth and The Loading Zone were on our personal charts. Of course we (or at least I) also loved bands such as Pink Floyd which were hardly Blues at all, but we came together on Jimi Hendrix and some of the Grateful Dead’s tunes (featuring Pig Pen) not to mention oddities such as Captain Beefhart and his Magic band all of which had blues influences – some weirder than others. Irving has kept the tradition alive and now teaches beginning harp in Oregon to younger musicians, imparting the secrets of the art like soaking your harp in water to get those reeds just right.

Having published this, Irving says: A couple of corrections with regard to what appears on your website: (1) I’m actually teaching harmonica at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute here in Ashland. My students are all over 50, and most of them are older than I am. (2) Though I used to soak my harmonicas, I don’t do that anymore, nor do I recommend that others do it with theirs. If there’s a bit of grit causing a reed not to vibrate properly, I will rinse the harmonica to try to free up the reed, but I’m not soaking harmonicas anymore.