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I don't know about you, but I'm super excited to see Igor and the Red Elvises' live at the world famous Maui Sugar Mill Saloon in Tarzana on December 4th.   Often billed as Siberian Surf Rock,  the Red Elvises blend influences of rock and roll, surf rock, rockabilly, comedy, and polka into high energy sets that rock from start to finish.  These cats are currently touring the globe supporting their 25th Anniversary Tour, and when the dust finally settles will have played 150+ shows in 2021.  Wow!

As you are sipping down a cold one and enjoying the Red Elvises' show next month, be on the lookout for their drummer extraordinaire, Tatá Batera.  She joined Igor & Company as their touring drummer in February 2021, and takes the band to a whole new level when she steps behind that drum kit.   A truly unique talent, Batera effortlessly blends sounds from a diverse palette of influences (including surf rock, jazz fusion, and traditional Brazilian rhythms) that captures your heart and holds onto your soul throughout her incredible performances behind the skins.  On top of her insane drumming skills, Tatá also has an amazing voice and sings lead on over a third of the Red Elvises' catalog.  


In addition, here are a few Tatá Batera fun facts worth noting:

     * She performs regularly with Justin Chart, the acclaimed artist who composed music in the film Full Metal Jacket (1987) and whose hit single “Los Angeles the Song” earned him the Artisan Appreciate Award in 2014 from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

     * She completed certificate of drum performance at the California College of Music in 2020, studying with renowned drummer Craig Pilo (performed with Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons; named “Best Jazz Artist of 2007” by Los Angeles Music Awards)


And if you want to get further into the weeds with Tatá Batera's drumming, check out these highlights from Igor and the Red Elvises' 2021 performance at Musikfest (See Video Below):

     * At 11:15, hear Tatá play the iconic “Wipeout” drum solo.  It's an example of exemplary surf rock playing showcasing her ability to use phrasing and accents to bring to life a simple sixteenth note groove

     * At 22:25, she incorporates tribal African rhythmic influences to the drum intro of the dance-worthy “I Wanna See You Belly Dance”

     * At 32:30, be dazzled during “My Darling Lorraine”, a  groove-based gypsy jazz beat with a wild rockabilly finish to the song

     * At 47:15, she channels John Bonham in a rousing cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Rock and Roll”

     * At 55:40,  experience a show-stopping drum solo showcasing jazz fusion influences, complex polyrhythms and tempo changes 


Bottom line, Igor and the Red Elvises' upcoming show at the Maui Sugar Mill is gonna be a blast, and hope you'll join them for what will surely be one incredible live performance!

Matthew Belter

Executive Editor - Long Beach

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