It’s been a while for most of us since we’ve heard the name ed fROMOHIO, or, as his mama calls him, Ed Crawford, and, as Punk and Indie Rock fans call him, “That dude who sang for fIREHOSE with Mike Watt.”
Watt’s early band, the pioneering Jazz/Roots/Punk group Minutemen, is always included in any discussion of SoCal/American Punk’s formative years. But, in the late ’80s/early ’90s, fIREHOSE had an impressive run that included releases on both SST and, later, Columbia Records, and a gazillion live dates, which help them grow a sizeable, dedicated fanbase. Crawford gave the band a slanted Pop side, adding a little hummability to the other members’ Minutemen-like display of driving, experimental Funk and Jazz.
After fIREHOSE, broke up in 1994, Crawford slowed down after a while, still performing on occasion, but now preferring the acoustic-guitar/solo format. Mr. fROMOHIO swings through the Southgate House (in the upstairs “Parlour” room) this Saturday to cap off an impressive bill that also features local Indie Rock champs Knife the Symphony and Ampline.
Showtime is 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $5-$8. Get details here.