Wanda Jackson Call her the Queen of Rockabilly, call her the First Lady of Rock’n’Roll — whatever title you bestow upon her, Wanda Jackson is, undoubtedly, a living legend. She was encouraged by no less than Elvis Presley, who she dated, to shy away from the gospel she had sung as a child and give rock’n’roll a shot. As a result, she developed one of the most rock’n’roll voices of all time, a throaty wail that truly put the party in “Let’s Have a Party,” the biggest of her many hits. She later delved into country, where she was equally successful, a constant presence on the charts from the mid-1960s through the early 1970s. She hasn’t stopped performing, recording with everyone from Elvis Costello to the Cramps, and hasn’t stopped touring. And, even after returning to her gospel roots, she hasn’t stopped rocking, as her appearance at Velvet Jones in Santa Barbara on Sept. 1 will most definitely prove.Velvet Jones, 423 State St., Santa Barbara, 965-8676.
Sham 69 Taking your name from graffiti written above a public urinal? Now that’s punk. Sham 69 formed in England at the flash point of the punk revolution in 1975. Why haven’t as many people heard of them as, say, the Clash? Well, that’s hard to say. But plenty of those who did hear the band went on to start the working class street punk movement that followed the dissolution of the Sex Pistols. After scoring a handful of British indie hits and having their shows sadly invaded by neo Nazis, the group turned to a more bloozy rock sound, influenced by the Stones and the Faces. The band dissolved in 1980, only to reappear in later in the decade, with a different lineup. Since then, members have come and gone — including leader Jimmy Pursey; guitarist Dave Parsons is the last remaining original member — but the band’s songs remain anthems for old and new punks alike. Shout your throat raw when Sham 69 plays the Ventura Theater on Aug. 31.