The premiere live music club in Hermosa Beach, Saint Rocke, recently hosted a guitar-drenched double bill of Americana tinged rock. Ryan Hamilton and The Harlequin Ghosts opened the show early and set out to fill the club with Texas-style blues-drenched rock music. The twist in Hamilton’s new group is that the band resides in the U.K. while he continues to live in Texas. The group was formally called The Traitors but changed their name to The Harlequin Ghosts after signing a record deal to Wicked Cool Records and working with veteran rocker Stevie Van Zandt. The band released their debut album, This Is The Sound, on May 31. An animated Hamilton joyfully led the group through much of the album including the new hit single “Mamacita,” which was co-written by Little Steven. At one point Hamilton jumped into the crowd and shook hands and sang to nearly everyone in the club, while his crack band tore through southern-tinged rock that included elements of classic 60’s rock, with even a hint of The Beatles influence thrown in. The group also looked a bit Beatlesque in black suits with thin ties. The rocking band featured guitarist Dave Winker, Rob Lane on bass, Carol Hodge on keyboards and Mickey Richards on drums.

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Roger Clyne and The Peacemakers took the stage next. The band from Tempe, Arizona, played an upbeat set of surprisingly diverse music including Rock, Pop, Americana, Reggae and Mariachi tunes. The music style bounced from “Hello New Day,” with a reggae flavor to “Marie,” a Spanish love song that Clyne sang in Spanish. The set was interspersed with hard rocking southern tinged foot-stomping tunes. Eventually, Hamilton joined Clyne for some upbeat duets, and the tightly packed crowd responded with wild applause. It was a great night of music on a sleepy Sunday in Hermosa.

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