The Kings of Bakersfield

'90s Alt-Country Heroes


Why you should see this show…

“Cracker have been weaving subtle yet undeniable country twang throughout their sound since their 1992 self-titled debut. But with their new double album, Berkeley to Bakersfield, at least on the Bakersfield portion of the album, the alt-rock radio band known for such hits as “Low” and “Get Off This” head first into the California country sound —Rolling Stone Country

Cracker Bio
Cracker’s tenth and most recent studio effort, the double-album Berkeley To Bakersfield, finds this uniquely American band traversing two different sides of the California landscape — the northern Bay area and further down-state in Bakersfield.

Despite being less than a five-hour drive from city to city, musically, these two regions couldn’t be further apart from one another. In the late ’70s and ’80s a harder-edged style of rock music emerged from the Bay area, while Bakersfield is renowned for its own iconic twangy country music popularized, most famously, by Buck Owens and Merle Haggard in the ’60s and ’70s. Yet despite these differences, they are both elements that Cracker’s two cofounders, David Lowery and Johnny Hickman, have embraced to some degree on nearly every one of their studio albums over the last two decades. On Berkeley To Bakersfield, however, instead of integrating these two genres together within one disc, they’ve neatly compartmentalized them onto their own respective regionally-titled LPs.

As Lowery explains, “On the Berkeley disc the band is the original Cracker lineup — Davey Faragher, Michael Urbano, Johnny and myself. This is the first time this lineup has recorded together in almost 20 years. We began recording this album at East Bay Recorders in Berkeley, CA. For this reason we chose to stylistically focus this disc on the music we most associate with the East Bay: Punk and Garage with some funky undertones. To further match our sense of place we often took an overtly political tone in the lyrics.”

“This Bakersfield disc represents the ‘California country’ side of the band. Throughout the band’s 24-year history we’ve dabbled in Country and Americana but this time we wanted to pay homage to the particular strain of Country and Country-Rock music that emerges from the inland valleys of California.”

Cracker has been described as a lot of things over the years: alt-rock, Americana, insurgent-country, and have even had the terms punk and classic-rock thrown at them. But more than anything Cracker are survivors. Cofounders Lowery and Hickman have been at it for a quarter of a century — amassing ten studio albums, multiple gold records, thousands of live performances, hit songs that are still in current radio rotation around the globe (“Low,” “Euro-Trash Girl,” “Get Off This” and “Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out With Me” to name just a few), and a worldwide fan base — that despite the major sea-changes within the music industry — continues to grow each year.


Dining Options

If you’d enjoy a more extensive menu, we suggest you dine downstairs in the Rusty Anchor before your concert. Click here to see the Rusty Anchor menu. To make a reservation, click here or call (216) 242-1250. Please allow 90 minutes to dine prior to the beginning of your show upstairs.

We are excited to announce a NEW MENU upstairs in the Concert Hall, and we encourage you to give it a try. As always, you dine right in your ticketed seat. Click here to see the Concert Hall menu. There is no additional reservation required for dining in the Concert Hall. Last call for dining upstairs is at show time. Beverage service will be available throughout the show.


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