Calabash: Galactic Explosion of Jam

Calabash: Galactic Explosion of Jam
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Who: Big Atomic / Calabash
What: jam-band showcase
When: 2017-06-02
Calabash rocks out Friday, June 2 at the Hangar 9 with Big Atomic. The band is hot off the heels of
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Calabash rocks out Friday, June 2 at the Hangar 9 with Big Atomic. The band is hot off the heels of their full-length release, Quasar, issued last fall, a bright, self-described “galactic explosion” of multiple genres with a jam-band, instant-party feel.

Calabash began in Nashville, Tennessee, as a duo, when Jarod Heim and Paul Wiemeier began performing acoustic sets together. They would later take the group back to their hometown of Evansville, Indiana, where they knew other freelance musicians who could perform with them.

“We decided we wanted to do more originals, so we went back home to Evansville,” Heim told Nightlife.

The simple acoustic duo now has a stellar rhythm and melody section at its nucleus. The group currently includes Heim on lead guitar and vocals, Wiemeier on rhythm guitar and vocals, Greg Smitha on bass, and Zach Slingerland on drums.

Some of the group’s influences include Widespread Panic, the Grateful Dead, Ryan Adams, Bob Marley, Radiohead, Sublime, and Phish.

They say their sound does not fit neatly into one genre. With two lead singers who both possess commanding vocals, Calabash is able to meld different sounds together through its intricate rhythm section.

“There is a lot of blues, folk, reggae, improv, country,” Wiemeier told Nightlife. “But it all comes back to rock ‘n’ roll.”

The band’s members said that their show feeds off the energy of the crowd. In true jam-band fashion, no show is exactly the same, and songs can take on their own life forms and different interpretations any given night.

Quasar is a trip, with heady harmonies encompassing its masterful instrumental entrances. Patrick Preston at Seventy-seven Recording in Evansville produced Quasar and fans crowdsourced it through a successful GoFundMe campaign.

Heim said the goal is to continue to make great music together.

“What we would like to do is be able to quit our jobs and do this full-time,” he said.

For more information about Calabash, search for them on Facebook, or stream Quasar through CDBaby.

who: Big Atomic / Calabash

what: jam-band showcase

where: Hangar 9


when: Friday, June 2