The Red Elvises play Kryptonite May 3

n Russian rock group, founded in 1995, pounds out American rock with a hint of their own ethnicity

Pegged as “kick-a$$ rock ‘n’ roll from Siberia,” The Red Elvises, appearing at Kryptonite Tuesday, May 3, pound out American rock with a hint of their own ethnicity to make it interesting. Founded in 1995 by two Russian political refugees, Oleg Bernov and Igor Yuzov, the two took their name after the King as one of their greatest inspirations, and the national color of Russia.

With an electrifying stage presence and great music, this band is worth going out on a school night just to see them in action. When I would normally expect some campy show and over-the-top staged ethnic cliché, this band brings their musical influences full circle into a well-homogenized blend of modern rock, ‘50s and ‘60s American pop, Russian folk and comedy.

Not being a huge fan of so-called “fusion” music, I have found that one of the best ethnic styles ever integrated successfully into rock music has always been that of eastern Europe. Perhaps it’s the gypsy-like wildness that pervades the music of Slavic people that translates so well into the high energy of contemporary American rock. Either way, with comedy and class, The Red Elvises pull it off well.

The opening act will be The Ghettobillies at 7:30 p.m., and Red Elvises hit the stage at around 8:30 p.m. Cover is $10. For more information, call 965-0931 or go to

Other upcoming shows at Kryptonite include The Heavils, Hemlock and Spinderson April 28; Left 4 Dead, Project 44 and Driver 13 April 29; and The Van Damnits, 3 Piston Ass Hammer and Sunspot April 30.

For more information about upcoming shows at Kryptonite, visit or call 965-0931.

From the April 27- May 3, 2005, issue

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