One of the few survivors of the San Francisco Bay Area music scene of the '60s who is still creatively active, Dan Hicks celebrated his 60th birthday in style by throwing a party for himself at the ci

One of the few survivors of the San Francisco Bay Area music scene of the '60s who is still creatively active, Dan Hicks celebrated his 60th birthday in style by throwing a party for himself at the city's Warfield Theater. The live bash of his acoustic pop pleasantries with a rotating cast of 43 support musicians was captured for this joint CD/DVD set (the video contains two additional songs). From country swing to old-time string band to down-home scat, Hicks keeps to the humor-laden, upbeat formula that has been a trademark of the Hot Licks since their 1968 founding. While there are no surprises here, Hicks' glee is the glue to the proceedings, highlighted by the ditty "Payday Blues," a country blues viewed through a laid-back Mill Valley lens, and his swaying signature tune, "I Scare Myself," treated to an extended instrumental jam with soaring fiddles.—DO

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