Feelin' Greasy

You won't be able to swing a cat this week without hitting Deke Dickerson, the self-proclaimed “lady-killin' papa” with the double-necked Mosrite gee-tar. Dickerson and his trio the Ecco-fonics play shows this Monday at Amoeba Records and Tuesday at 330 Ritch, but their really big gig falls on Sunday, the second night of the two-day rockabilly blowout Greaseball '98. Dickerson's ready for it, too: After recording 15 albums and dozens of singles as part of the surf/garage band the Untamed Youth and the hillbillyish Dave & Deke Combo, Dickerson has released Number One Hit Record, his solo salute to rockabilly with guest backup from Bill Haley sax player Joey D'Ambrosio and Big Sandy pianist Carl “Sonny” Leyland, among others.

Dickerson is a perfect fit for this celebration of greaser culture, at which the music runs from rockabilly to vintage country, western swing, jump-blues, and hillbilly boogie played by Jeff Bright & the Sunshine Boys, the Chop Tops, the Haywoods, Junior Marvel, and nearly a dozen others. You'll see more stand-up bass at this show than you will for the entire rest of the year, guaranteed. Between sets, Greaseball guests can get tattooed or shake their moneymakers in a dance contest, talk rods and pistons with other greasers (cars will be parked outside), and get a sartorial clue from the vintage fashion show. Dateless boys take note: The Bad Girls Pinup Contest begins at 10 p.m. Saturday night. Doors open at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Bimbo's 365 Club, 1025 Columbus (at Chestnut), S.F. Admission is $30-35; call 474-0365. (

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