They’re back this upcoming Thursday night, Nov. 29 at Blue 5 on Second Street. There is NO cover, and the beer selection at that restaurant is pretty extraordinary (they have great catfish sandwiches, too).
The band originated 40 years ago in the Washington D.C. area, with Mark Wenner on harp, Jimmy Thackery on guitar, Jan Zukowski on bass and Pete Ragusa on drums. (Here’s a Washington Post story on them).
Wenner, the founder, is the only original member left, but don’t think for a minute that the ‘Hawks are in any way a pale imitation of the old group.
Thursday night’s an odd night for them to hit town — I hope they can fill Blue 5 on a weeknight. The place was absolutely jammed for their appearance in June. Below is one of their best known numbers, a wildly kicked-up, live, and rocking version of Tennessee Ernie Ford’s coal-mining anthem, “Sixteen Tons.”
(Yes, the ‘Hawks did perform it on HBO’s “The Wire.” David Simon, the creator of that show and the editor of the University of Maryland’s Diamondback when I was at UMCP, is a big Nighthawks fan, too).
The intro will warm the hearts of some right-wingers on this blog.
See you Thursday at Blue 5!