The Fabulous Datura

The title is a nod to Sunset Lou and the Fabulous Daturas, a short-lived blues/folk/eclectic musical ensemble in Richmond during the mid-70s. The Datura herb is a member of the Nightshade (Solanaceae) family of plants, historically used by Native Americans for its hallucinogenic properties. The Datura plant is generally known for its striking trumpet flowers, but the prickly seed pods also have a pretty cool appearance.

Guess what Nightshade family members are eagerly ingested by many cultures:

(Tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, peppers, tobacco)

3 thoughts on “The Fabulous Datura

  1. Saw The Fabulous Daturas in a little underground bar on “the corner” in Charlottesville VA called “The West Virginian” sometime in late 70’s early 80’s. Needless to say they turned the place upside down and inside out and scared the crap outta me ! I’ve never forgotten it – probably never will !

  2. My friend Ted Polk was part of Fabulous Daturas under the name Lil’ Lacey. He played the base. I was just thinking about them & those days recently.
    The last time I saw them perform was in a corner bar in Shockoe Bottom, Richmond, VA. Mid performance a raw chicken made an appearance sailing toward the band just above the heads of the crowd on a little guy-wire contraption. A wild night – i wish I could remember more.

    1. Hi Lauri. I know Ted, and see him occasionally. If you’re on FB you might enjoy Richmond Counterculture – 1970-1990 (public group). The posts focus on bands, clubs, landmarks from that period. There is also a private group – Richmond Counterculture Late 60s, Early 70s.

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