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The Medflys


Hacienda Mexican Grill
1449 N Davis Rd 93907 Salinas United States
The Medflys burst out of the Monterey music scene in the early 1980s like an invasion of the pesky little fruit flies they were playfully named after.Mixing sunny pop, upbeat ska and crunchy New Wave rock with quirky and over-the-top theatrics, the five-piece band hit it big with regional FM-radio hits such the teen-angst rebellion of “Belfast”, the upbeat dance groove of “Compulsive,” the California love-in vibes of “State of Mine” and the clever, spaghetti western-inspired, “Don’t Mess With The Mayor,” a tribute Clint Eastwood’s 1986 mayoral campaign in Carmel.The Medflys were regularly named “Best Local Band” by local radio stations and news publications during its heyday. They regularly sold outs shows from Monterey to San Jose and were featured often on local and regional television, did a PSA for “Rock the Vote,” and appeared in national TV commercials. Throughout the ’80’s, The Medflys often toured with The Tubes and had multiple opening slots with high-profile artists such as Joan Jett, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Oingo Boingo, Huey Lewis & the News, Violent Femmes, Night Ranger, Greg Kihn and Toto.But they might be best remembered for the song “Don't Mess With The Mayor,” which hit the airwaves just as Clint Eastwood was becoming mayor of Carmel in 1986, The “Mayor” video, which featured the band members in Old West duds, was directed by renowned Monterey documentary directory Steve Rosen and garnered local, national and international airplay. The clever and witty song even became a popular drive-time favorite at several radio stations across the U.S.It was another 35 years before the band would play again, in 2010 with two thrilling reunion shows in Monterey and Santa Cruz, and in 2015, with a sold-out show at Planet Gemini in Monterey. That 2015 show was to raise funds and awareness for Savannah's Song for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the renowned pediatric treatment and research facility focused on children's catastrophic diseases.Savannah was the daughter of Medflys' guitarist Evans who lost her battle with cancer in 2015 at the tender age of 13.“A Medflys show is like a family reunion. Everyone there is connected to everyone else and has been for decades. It feels really good,” says saxophonist Alex Stewart.The 2016 version of the band features founding members Carl Christ on vocals, Robbie Evans on guitar, Dale Kurokawa, guitar/keyboards, and saxophonist/keyboardist Alex Stewart, who will be joined by veteran drummer John Brearton, long-time honorary Medfly, Tom Ayres, on bass and trumpet and Simon Stewart on bass and keyboards.

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