By Mike Osegueda
The Fresno Bee

(Updated Friday, April 16, 2004, 5:35 AM)

Cattie Ness and the Revenge

Rebecca Caraveo came home from Las Vegas like people should -- exhausted, with a profit and married.

Caraveo, the singer who plays the title role in Cattie Ness and the Revenge, spent four days at the yearly Viva Las Vegas rockabilly festival.

She stayed up until 4 a.m. listening to live music each night, played in front of about 1,000 onlookers, sold all of the CDs she brought and tied the knot, Vegas style.

It wasn't a Britney Spears wedding. There were two weeks of planning.

"It was almost spur of the moment," Caraveo says.

She says this from work, minus the energy that usually goes into her live show. It's that same energy that is captured on the 12-track CD "Live At Tokyo Garden," the first release from Cattie Ness and the Revenge despite a nine-year history.

Tokyo Garden housed her monthly show, "The Cattie Ness Cafe," for two years, bringing the rockabilly culture -- complete with 1950s clothes, greased hair and guys who know how to cut a rug -- to Fresno.

Rockabilly was something she became enamored with after attending a show in San Jose 10 years ago. It reminded her immediately of the records her father used to play.

Within a year, she was performing and promoting shows in Fresno.

"It just stole my heart," she says.

Style: "It's a rockin' hillbilly, rockabilly," Caraveo says, "mixed with a lot of my comments thrown about. It kinda catches the whole sassiness of my presentation."

Why should you buy? "It's good rockin' fun," Caraveo says.

You might like this CD if you're a fan of: Anyone from Social Distortion's Mike Ness to Big Sandy and His Fly Rite Boys.

It's perfect for: "Raising hell," Caraveo says.

What's the most Fresno thing about this CD? Its setting. "Tokyo Garden is very famous out of town in our rockabilly scene," Caraveo says. "You'll have a lot of people asking about playing there. It is kind of the rockabilly bar of the San Joaquin Valley."

Where can you test-drive the music? Online at Or on May 21, when the band plays at Club Fred with The Mutilators and The Deadutantes.

Key tracks: "My Love You Can Have," "Wild Wild Young Men" and "My Boy Elvis."

How much does it cost? $15.

Where can you find it? From Cattie's Online store at or at




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