Commander Cody Band

Commander Cody Band

Mike Marlin

Saturday May 28

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

$12.25 - $20.75

This event is 18 and over

Please note that there will be a dance floor for this show and the front row of tables will be cleared out. Be advised that there may be some seated areas where vision of the stage is obstructed.


Commander Cody Band
Commander Cody Band
Look in any book on the History of Rock and Roll and you
will find Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen The band's
name was inspired by 1950's film serials featuring the character
Kommando Kody and from a feature version of an earlier serial,
King of the Rocket Men, released under the title Lost Planet Airmen. The band's founder and leader, George Frayne, took the
stage name Commander Cody. Among many other achievements,
this eight piece super band's album Deep in the Heart of Texas is
one of Rolling Stone Magazine's top 100 albums of all time. Its no
wonder Billy C Farlow, the lead singer, also played trumpet and
blues harp. The fiddler, Andy Stein, played saxophone and the
guitar player, Bill Kirchen, played trombone. Cody the piano
pounder, doubled on Kazoo. And they all sang. They toured non
stop to a legion of dedicated fans across the globe and back and
recorded seven original albums before the band finally broke up
and each member went their separate ways in 1977.  Since the
breakup, each band member has continued the legend by fronting
and recording their own smaller groups, sitting in with each other
from time to time, and doing occasional band reunion

The Commander Cody Band relocated to the east coast in 1997 and has been going strong ever since. Cody and his group are still wowing crowds at festivals, giant biker conventions and college concerts in the U.S. and Europe, as well as sleazy, down home, uptown and/or very posh roadhouses and bars. As of late Cody has also been artist in residence as well as boogie woogie pianist extraordinaire on The Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise extravaganzas. George Frayne is also a highly respected and
sought after artist, having received his bachelor's degree in Design
from the University of Michigan and a master's degree in Sculpture and Painting from the Rackham School of Graduate Studies of the
University of Michigan. He has taught at the University of Michigan and Wisconsin State University, and has had his art exhibited at numerous shows.  

Today the Commander Cody Band features Mark Emerick on guitar, Steve Barbuto on drums, Chris Olsen on pedal steel, and Randy Bramwell on bass. Cody is still trying to pound his piano into submission. And they all sing.
Mike Marlin
Mike Marlin
Former child prodigy defeats mid-life crisis to make brilliant, brooding rock record. 

Here’s a great, growling new rock voice, full of the perviness of Leonard Cohen, the bite of Luke Haines, and the chops of The Psychedelic Furs’ Richard Butler. Mike Marlin also has a biography to startle the horses. Blinded in one eye at 4, he was a teenage prodigy at Oxford before dropping out; he later invented stock market computer technology. On paper, this 51-year-old’s new career suggest mid-life crisis in excelsis, but on record, he’s deliciously persuasive. Songs about serial killers, sex and death feel like lost late ‘70s classics, the guitars either sharpened up post-punkishly (War To Begin) or given room to brood in dimly-lit bars (Amazing). Romantic lyrics about blue eyes and a girl in “that dress” somehow sidestep cliché too, because the voice behind them yanks you in. Innocence be damned – it’s time to enjoy experience
Venue Information:
The Hamilton
600 14th St NW
Washington, DC, 20005