Good news, roots rock fans: Starting tonight, Edmonston, Md., venue Surf Club is again hosting live music you can drink to. Owner James Byrum wrote to local roots music listserv Twistlist on Sept. 15 with the good news:
Thanks to the Prince Georges County Liquor Control Board, the Surf Club is once again hosting live bands with full beer/wine/liquor privileges! Thanks to all of you who have been so supportive to us during these difficult times! Now lets party! 🙂 .
Earlier this year, Prince George’s County authorities barred the roadhouse from featuring entertainment on nights when it was also selling liquor, following the death of a patron near the club. While in recent years the longtime honky-tonk venue expanded its musical offerings to include rap, its owners have informed local authorities they’ll only be booking roots and Americana sounds from here on out.
Tonight, the Surf Club will be selling booze and offering Louisiana zydeco singer/accordionist Chubby Carrier’s special tribute to his father, the late vocalist/accordionist Roy Carrier, who died of a heart attack in 2010. The senior Carrier used to play the Surf Club regularly; his Grammy winning son will be bringing his own soulful vocals along with his Bayou Swamp Band’s speedy rhythms. Expect good-time Creole sounds with some R&B influences.
Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band performing tonight at 7 p.m. at the Surf Club, 4711 Kenilworth Ave., Hyattsville, MD. Free. (301) 927-6310.