In his continuing quest to keep expanding his musical boundaries, Jim Hudak will perform with The Relyks in a weekend set this coming Friday and Saturday nights, April 11th and 12th. The performances will be at the Clayton Club Saloon in downtown Clayton, a bar that's survived for over a century. Indeed, the Clayton Club probably looks pretty much the same as it did 100 years ago. It once served as the watering hole for the coal miners who helped establish Clayton as a town in the 1800's. The Relyks are a high energy, four-piece band who play a wide assortment of classic rock, pop, and blues music. Their first ever performance as a band was at the Clayton Club about four years ago, and they've performed throughout the Bay Area since then. But the Clayton Club is where they call home. Comments Hudak: "You could call the club a dive, yet, I like the place. It has some character. For example, there are dozens of pairs of cowboy boots hanging from the ceiling. You don't see that every day." We've all wandered or stumbled into a bar like the Clayton Club at some time in our lives. Particularly on a Friday or a Saturday night when the air is dense and hot, the music is loud and right, and there's a hint of potential trouble in the air. Wall to wall people looking for a little release in their lives. "The club is small, and fills up quickly on nights when there's music," says Hudak. "There have been known to be fights there, though I've never witnessed any. As long as they don't throw beer bottles or shot glasses at us, I'll be happy." Primarily a cover band, The Relyks perform music by some of the great rock and blues artists from the 50's through the 90''s, including Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Tom Petty, Elvis Costello, and Chuck Berry, among others. Hudak adds touches of the high, rinky tink piano sounds that are so much a part of the rock and roll tradition. His keyboard also enables him to provide organ sounds that swirl around the bed of rhythm and blues provided by the rest of the band. "Between those upper register piano notes and bluesy chords along with the organ sounds, I feel I can add a little something to the band's already solid presentation," Hudak points out. "They're great guys to play and get along with, and The Relyks provide me a nice diversion from my typical solo piano performances at country clubs and restaurants. After all, there's certainly a rock and roll spirit in my soul, and The Relyks provide an opportunity for me to get reacquainted with that side of my musical interests." If you can find your way to The Clayton Club next weekend, you may want to consider an afternoon nap. Hudak will be joining the band at 11 PM both nights, performing till 1 AM. He has piano engagements earlier in the evening at Round Hill Country Club in Alamo both nights, and will miss the band's first two sets between 9 and 11 PM. For those who can make it to The Clayton Club Saloon, they'll be part of the continuing history of frolic and grit that's turned the club into a beloved relic in its own right. Come on down and join the fun.

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