Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks
Sun Mountain Depot
Virginia City, Nevada

September 7 2002
by Kathy & Ken

Historic C Street in Virginia City. The elevation of 6200' makes climbing the steep
side-streets a challenge for many. Between 1859 and 1886, the Comstock Lode
yielded more than $400 million in gold and silver.


Spotted in a C Street window. The Sun Mountain Depot is the old freight depot
of the Virginia & Truckee Railroad.



The venerable Red Dog Saloon, open for business. Although the space
has been divided and reconfigured, this building is where Dan and The Charlatans
begat psychedelic rock 'n' roll in 1965.

The loading dock of the Sun Mountain Depot displayed this fine sign, which was
no doubt seen by many of the folks lined up in the background. They were going
down the hill to the big camel races. Sorry, no photos of the camels.


The original Red Dog Saloon sign from 1965 rests on the loading dock.


Sun Mountain Depot a few hours before showtime.



Interior of the Depot before showtime. It was soon packed tight with
hard-partying Dan-fans, many in very authentic western garb.


Original Charlatan and master of the 12-string, Mike Wilhelm, and his pal
Mike Ackley open the show.


Mike is truly a great folksinger.


A fine set by "The Claimjumpers".


Dan and the Hot Licks took the stage at around 9PM. Dan even brought his tropical
backdrop along for the trip. It was clear from the start that the crowd loved them.


Lickettes Annabelle Cruz and Susan Rabin were lookin' sweet and soundin'
hot...or was it the other way around?



Dan was in good voice and good humor. The crowd especially loved his Bob Dylan



Corky Rodriguez (aka Paul Smith) on bass. Better photos next time, Corky.


Brian Godchaux fiddles up a storm.


Guitarist Dave Bell was in the shadows, so it was tough to get even a jittery shot of him.
He was sounding great, and looked like he was having as much fun as we were.



Laying down some licks, of the hot variety.



Always in style, Dan sported two-tone wingtips with his glittery slacks.



Dan can say a lot with just a look...



Somehow, Dan and the Licks just keep getting better.



Swingin' hard! The Virginia City crowd gave Dan and the Licks big standing ovations
at the end of the evening. It was a great show!



Lake Tahoe on our way home the next morning. Thanks, Dan, Mike, and all for
a wonderful time on the Comstock.