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Two Nights of Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers

November 24th, 2009

Stephen Kellogg’s childhood interests in music included singer-songwriter fare, like that of Jim Croce and Cat Stevens, alongside hair-metal bands, like Bon Jovi and Mötley Crüe, which probably explains why his songs are intimate and personal while his live shows with the Sixers are energetic and passionate. Although just one band member’s name is featured in Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers, the group is definitely the sum of its parts. Like their heroes the Band (they even have a live DVD called The First Waltz), the SK6ers play a wide range of instruments: Kellogg covers guitar, harmonica and kazoo, Kit “Goose” Karlson handles keys, bass, tuba and accordion, Brian “Boots” Factor plays drums, mandolin and banjo, while Sam Getz is a guitarist, but a really good one. See Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers, above, playing “Shady Esperanto” in studio for KINK FM in Portland, Ore., and then do yourself a favor and see them play live on Friday and Saturday at The Bowery Ballroom.