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Red Elvises

9 p.m. Tuesday, May 11. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.



The shtick behind the Red Elvises is as simple as it is endearing: Take a couple of California-by-way-of-Siberia ex-pats and have them play a delightfully skewed, Eastern Bloc version of American surf rock. (The use of a huge, red balalaika bass helps sell the joke, too.) The hammy, deep-voiced Igor Yuzov has led the group for fifteen years, and in that time the Red Elvises has touched on early rockabilly, Russian folk music and yes, Elvis Presley-indebted rock & roll. 2008's Drinking With Jesus was another romp through American popular song (dig the Dixieland stomp of "Better Than Cocaine"), and for this tour the initial quartet has been extended to a seven-piece. Expect to see a lot of red on the stage at Off Broadway.