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Calabash: Galactic Explosion of Jam

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Hangar 9

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Big Atomic: Nuclear Jamming


Who: Big Atomic / Calabash
What: jam-band showcase
Where:
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
Leah Williams
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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

Porch Fire: Burning Down the House

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Hangar 9

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Porch Fire, Cornmeal, Way Down Wanderers, and Old Shoe, at the Sam Adams Bluegrass Festival: Six Shows, Four Bands, Three Nights


Who: Porch Fire / Chromophonic
What: Americana, bluegrass / jam band
Where:
When: 2017-05-13
Carbondale’s own Porch Fire has developed into the region’s premier Americana-fusion ensemble. Lead
Thomas Henry Horan
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words by Thomas Henry Horan

pictures by Jonathan Walters

Carbondale’s own Porch Fire has developed into the region’s premier Americana-fusion ensemble. Lead singer Dakota Yeck-Petty (SIU 2016) is already an accomplished songwriter. Several members have considerable classical training, including keyboardist Levi Jones. Liz Hartman (bass violin) and Cecily Rhodes (violin/fiddle) play in the SIU orchestra. All of the members have studied jazz, bluegrass, rock ‘n’ roll, even show tunes— every form of American music. Their high-energy live performances feature flame-broiled licks, rollicking rhythms, witty lyrics, and red-hot extended jams.

Ahead of the band’s Saturday, May 13 show at the Hangar 9, Nightlife recently roasted a wienie with Porch Fire members Jones, Troy Hutchens (percussion), and Blake Bledsoe (guitar).

What’s the origin of the name Porch Fire?

Troy: It happened at Levi and Dakota’s house. Let’s just say, it was a fiery affair. And the porch paid the price.

How did you all get together?

Troy: I was already Cecily’s boyfriend at the time.

Levi: I was Dakota’s girlfriend at the time. We’re just friends now. But sometimes, I do get paid.

Blake: We all live in Carbondale, a big small town, full of music and musicians. So, each of us just hooked up with the first people who walked by. And here we are.

How and why did you get started playing music?

Blake: I don’t know. But I do remember hearing Iron Maiden’s Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, and I’d never heard anything like it. So, I locked myself in my room and started playing guitar. All the time.

Levi: If a guitar had wheels, Blake would be [BMX champion] Matt Hoffman.

Troy: I started playing in fifth grade. I wanted to play clarinet, but my cousin gave me a free snare drum, so my mom made me play drums. If I had learned to play the clarinet, we probably wouldn’t be sitting here today. But I like playing drums. To me, it says rock ‘n’ roll.

Levi: I started playing keyboards and percussion in middle school. Then I was in some bands in high school. After graduation, I studied music and composition at Southern Illinois University.

Are you graduating soon?

Levi: Uh, I’m hoping. I’ve played in metal bands, stoner-rock bands. I used to play tablas with a friend in high school. We played Indian classical music.

Now, you’re playing Americana fusion. What is Americana fusion, exactly?

Blake: It’s not really bluegrass. It’s not really folk or rock. Whatever the heck Americana is, we build on that. Then, we encounter some other American music, like blues or jazz or metal, and we try to incorporate that.

Troy: We do it 99.9 percent wrong, but then again, that’s what makes it Porch Fire.

Levi: I’d say Porch Fire is like a six-pack of [Pabst Blue Ribbon]— definitely refreshing, and inflation- and recession-proof.

Troy: We certainly haven’t seen any inflation. But plenty of tin cans.

You’ve sort of inherited the Woodbox Gang mantel.

Troy: One of our favorite bands! We have covered some Woodbox Gang tunes. We played a show with them once.

You mostly play original songs.

Blake: We’re always throwing in a cover or two, but we wanted to fit the show. When we play a cover, it’s a song where we feel, “This is the important musical idea here,” and we take that and build it out.

You’ve had a lot of success representing the region at music festivals and out-of-state gigs.

Troy: We call it home— Carbondale in Southern Illinois. Blake and I are from the area. As a band, we have a distinct Southern Illinois sound. We get so much of that energy from the Southern Illinois crowds. Sometimes they seem to have a better idea than we do what we’re going to do next.

Troy: We’re regional right now, but we’re reaching out into Indiana, Kentucky, all over the Midwest. We’ve been playing a lot of festivals. We get a great response each time.

Blake: Our goal is this: Every time we play somewhere, people say, “They’re even better than the last time.”

You’ve been recording and releasing your own tracks, one at a time, without a label.

Troy: We’re working on a full-length album. But the industry today is, recordings promote the tour, instead of the way it used to be, and so, we don’t want to just put out an album every couple of years and let it get stale. Instead, we’re steadily releasing one new track on a regular basis.

Levi: I call it the Chief Keef business model. We release a continuous stream of content.

What does the future hold for Porch Fire?

Blake: We have big plans for [a] Halloween show.

Where?

Blake: I don’t know.

When?

Blake: I don’t know. But we have big plans. The Porch Fire Halloween Extravaganza.

Troy: We have an awesome show coming up [Saturday, May 13] at Hangar 9. We’ll be playing with Chromophonic. These are two bands everyone in the area will definitely want to come out and groove to.

Any plans for a Porch Fire holographic show when you’re gone?

Levi: Oh, no! We’ll be a gameshow called Mama Chad. I will be hosted by Chad— the lighting wizard at Hangar 9— dressed as a character from Mama’s Family, but a gameshow. The contestants will have to guess what’s for dinner. First prize will be hanging out in the kitchen, cooking with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

Troy: What was the question?

who: Porch Fire / Chromophonic

what: Americana, bluegrass / jam band

where: Hangar 9

 

when: Saturday, May 13

Big Atomic: Nuclear Jamming

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Hangar 9

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Chromophonic: Raging Jams


Who: Big Atomic / Chromophonic
What: jam band showcase
Where:
When: 2016-12-09
Paducah’s premier jam band Big Atomic will return to Carbondale for a jam-band showcase Friday, Dece
Thomas Henry Horan
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Paducah’s premier jam band Big Atomic will return to Carbondale for a jam-band showcase Friday, December 9 at the Hangar 9 with Carbondale’s own jam sensation Chromophonic. As their ever-growing fan base knows, Big Atomic’s big musical palette runs from southern ballads to festival rock to jazz to funk to Latin fusion.

A Big Atomic song can zip along at forty-five revs per minute or fly into space at mach seventy-eight, but their extended-play grooves just go round and round, circling the musical center tighter and tighter, like a centrifugal diamond fusing into a neutron star. Hear them at <http://www.big-atomic.com>.

Recently, Nightlife split a nucleus with Big Atomic’s Micah Greene and had this chat:

Do you come from a musical family?

Not at all. But after ten years of actually getting paid, my parents are cool with my career choice. They’re my best fans now.

So where did you learn?

Honestly, I’m almost completely self-taught. In high school, Matt Robinson and I and a guy with a bass just started learning together. We taught each other. We taught ourselves. Matt is still my most stable bandmate. He plays all our Latin percussion.

Widespread Panic definitely sounds like an influence.

Oh, yeah! Umphrey’s McGee, Phish, Grateful Dead. But I also dig Parliament-Funkadelic, Lettuce, Melvin and the Bluenotes. Jazz, roots, Americana, I listen to it all. But I think we learned the most about improvising, handing off, extending a jam, things like that, from Widespread Panic.

What have you been up to since your last Carbondale show?

We’ve been gigging quite a bit. Now that we’re based in Louisville, we’re getting out to Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Lexington, Bristol, Nashville, Evansville. We’re very excited to be expanding our fan base.

We hear you’re working on a new album.

We recorded some new tracks at Loud and Clear Studios in Paducah. They’ve been super to us. I can’t say enough good things about them. Now that we’re in Louisville, we’ll need to record the rest of the new album here. We haven’t found a new studio yet, but another band here has their own studio.

You haven’t signed with a label.

Honestly, we’ve been sort working as our own label. We’re getting into the marketing, the placement, all the stuff a label would do. We’ve sold some music to movie and TV soundtrack sources, you name it. Once the labels realize we don’t need them, they’ll call us. But, yeah, we’ll answer the calls, for sure. In the meantime, we’re just focusing on spreading our musical good news to more audiences. Right now, we’re excited to be coming back to Carbondale. Audiences at the Hangar 9 are fantastic.

Will we get to hear a Big Atomic/Chromophonic jam?

That would be awesome. We heard them at Ragefest, but we didn’t get a chance to jam together. So, yeah, if those guys are down for jamming, we’re down. And we’ve also heard good things about Porch Fire.

As you know, many of our dear departed favorites have come back live onstage as holograms. Which dead celebrity hologram would you most like to jam with?

No question— Michael Houser of Widespread Panic. Shoot, I’d like to be a hologram jamming with Widespread Panic!

Who wouldn’t.

Can I tell you a story?

Please do.

Once, we showed up in Memphis for a Widespread Panic show. We knew some of them would get out before a show and talk to people and maybe jam sometimes. There were some open electric outlets in the parking lot, and we set up our gear and were going to play some songs. We figured, even if the guys from [Widespread Panic] don’t come out and jam with us, we’ll at least get a few new fans. We were aaalllll ready to go, literally one downbeat away from starting our first song, when a cop pulled the plug. He didn’t want to be a dick, but he had to do his job. So, we were like, one stomp away from kind of opening for Widespread Panic, but then the fuzz stomped on our fuzz pedal.

Bummer.

It’s cool. There will be more lots to play in.

who: Big Atomic / Chromophonic

what: jam band showcase

where: Hangar 9

 

when: Friday, December 9

Locos por Juana’s Latin Sunset Concert Jams

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Sunset Concerts


Who: Locos por Juana
What: Sunset Concert Series (Latin jam band)
Where:
When: 2016-07-14
Since bursting onto the Miami scene in 2000, Grammy- and Latin Grammy-nominated Latin-fusion explosi
Thomas Henry Horan
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Since bursting onto the Miami scene in 2000, Grammy- and Latin Grammy-nominated Latin-fusion explosion Locos por Juana have been rolling to greater and success. They will be mapale-ing Thursday, July 14 into Carbondale this week for the Sunset Concerts on the Steps of Shryock Auditorium, fresh from their triumphant appearance at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas.

The sound of Locos por Juana (translation: Crazies for Jane) is a hybrid of island swing, Afro-Colombian rhythms, reggae, dub, hip-hop, and rock. Their heart and soul emanates from Colombia, a country whose musical styles include cumbia (African wedding music), champeta (“country knife,” or machete, a style of Colombian folk music,) mapale (a style of dance and music born along the Caribbean coast of Colombia), and even chande (a drum style originating in India).

Locos por Juana’s debut single, “Mueve, Mueve” (Spanish for “move, move,” and boy, does this track get Nightlife moving!) has garnered nearly half a million views on Vevo. Their latest single, “The Cure,” featuring Bermuda’s pride and joy, Collie Buddz, and produced by the band, recently dropped on iTunes to critical acclaim. The bouncy and infectious tune explores new musical territory filled with the colorful and contagious dance vibrations for which the band and Collie Buddz have become known.

A fiercely popular world-music staple in their hometown of Miami, the bilingual and colorful band was formed in 2000 around the core of vocalist Itagui Correa, guitarist Mark Kondrat, and drummer Javier Delgado, flanked by trombonist Lasim Richards and percussionist Carlos Palmet. They are usually joined onstage by a handful of guest musicians, making every concert a unique and electrifying Caribbean jam band experience.

Correa and Delgado were born in Colombia, and Kondrat is a Miami native of Colombian descent. As Locos por Juana, these Latin soul brothers breathe new life into the musical traditions of their heritage to create what Kondrat calls “island swing,” a fast-emerging worldbeat sound that has captivated Jane-crazy audiences from Portland to Port au Prince.

Their debut album, Locos pro Juana, earned them a nomination as Best Urban Artist on Univision’s Premio Lo Nuestro awards show. La Verdad, their third album, released by Universal Music in 2007, was nominated for the Best Rock or Alternative Album Grammy in 2008. The band’s 2010 EP, Evolución, was nominated for Colombia’s Shock Award for Best Alternative Album. Their most recent album, 2012’s Somos de la Calle (“We’re From the Street”) showcases the band’s Latin hip-hop influences.

Find out more at <http://www.LocosPorJuana.com>.

Nightlife recently shared a jarra of internet Caspiroleta Colombiana and a chat with Itagui Correa. Here’s how it went:

Will any guest musicians (or Collie Buddz) join the band at the Sunset Concert?

Well, at a Locos show, you just never know what surprises might happen. We’ll most definitely invite him and hopefully he’s around the area and surprise us all with his energy. We’ll definitely have some guest musicians as special guests. It’s going be an amazing vibe.

Have you played in the Southern Illinois area before?

Yeah, we have, and we had an amazing time. It was, like, almost six or seven years ago, but we remember SIU always. It’s a very nice place.

What was it like having Locos por Juana and Collie Buddz in the same studio?

It was a special night combining our music together! It worked out perfectly because we both respect each other’s music. Imagine! Bermuda and Colombia making music in the USA— it was magical! Finding that music doesn’t have any barriers or borders, that not even language in 2016 can stop the vibes.

Music is the cure for the soul and we need to spread the message of good energy. That’s the main reason we got together in the studio— to create a positive song. For the people. For the world.

Any pre-concert message for our readers?

We appreciate all the support and the love we receive in Carbondale. Look out for our new album coming in August!

who: Locos por Juana

what: Sunset Concert Series (Latin jam band)

where: Steps of Shryock Auditorium

 

when: Thursday, July 14

Chromophonic: Raging Jams

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Hangar 9


Who: Chromophonic
What: jam band
Where:
When: 2016-06-23 - 2016-07-21
Carbondale’s own Chromophonic will perform Thursday, June 23 at the Hangar 9. Chromophonic
Brett Haynes
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words by Brett Haynes

pictures by Thomas Horan

Carbondale’s own Chromophonic will perform Thursday, June 23 at the Hangar 9.

Chromophonic is a young five-piece progressive-fusion jam-rock band. They formed just a bit over a year ago, but don’t let this mislead you.

Although the band is young, Chromophonic’s members have been on the scene for years now, playing in many different bands and projects. As musicians, these cats are technically sound and highly proficient. Their live shows are jam-packed with energy, hooked on a groove, and funky as funk.

The band consists of Ben Heller on lead vocals and guitar, Jesse Payne on guitar and vocals, Roger Fliege on keyboards and vocals, Guido Calrissian on bass, and Daniel Comer on drums and vocals. These musicians have played in numerous local groups, including Till the Morning Comes, Moving Mary, Orismo, Defined Perception, Copecetic, Another Dead Cover Band, Excelsior, and Jenny and the Johnsons.

This free event is an official preparty for Rage Fest, a music arts and camping festival. The festival will be taking place from June 24 to June 26 near Waterloo, Illinois, about ninety minutes from Carbondale. The festival features more than twenty acts on two stages. It is rumored that Chromophonic will be giving away tickets for Rage Fest at this show.

Nightlife caught up with the band via email. The band answered the questions collaboratively as a group. Read on for insight.

What does Chromophonic mean?

It’s derived from “Chromatic,” the Greek word for color, and “phonic,” indicating sound. As a band we bring together a wide variety of influences, styles, and experiences, reminiscent of the colors of the spectrum or the notes of a chromatic scale. If that sounds too philosophical, let’s just say it’s a cool-sounding word that none of us hated— unlike the first hundred or so names that were proposed.

Looks like you guys got started playing together about this time last year. How did you all meet?

We’ve all been playing locally in different bands for years, and our paths have crossed at various points. Ben, Guido, and Roger were all in Orismo together, and Jesse and Dan met up at one of the Bongo Pablo’s Super Jams at PK’s.

How has the music come along and changed within the last year?

After a year, we’re all a bit more comfortable with each other and know more what to expect from each other, which gives us more confidence on stage to step out and push the boundaries a bit. Coming in, we all had our individual voices as musicians. Now we’re finding our voice as a band.

How would you describe your music for someone who has never heard your band before?

Bodacious, high-energy, groove-oriented, funk-influenced rock ‘n’ roll. We feature our own original material with some tasty covers thrown in for good measure. We use a lot of tight, fast arrangements, but at the same time leave plenty of room for exploration and improvisation.

You have a live recording available to listen to on SoundCloud. Can we expect a studio recording from you guys?

Absolutely! We’re putting the finishing touches on a three-song EP that should be released sometime next month, after which we’ll be focused on getting a full album together. We’ve got a lot of good material in the hopper, probably a couple of albums’ worth, so it’ll be a matter of picking and choosing what songs work best together on the same album. Also, we should mention that in addition to SoundCloud we also have live recordings on Archive.org and our own Facebook page.

If the sound of your music were a beverage, what would it be and why?

Hmm... how about Space Cake IPA? Or any good beer. Actually, any beer— we’re not picky. We like to think that we have a strong, assertive presence on first taste, yet we go down surprisingly easy, with a clean, crisp finish that’s sure to satisfy.

What do you foresee for the future of jam-fusion music?

As long as there are fans who support this kind of music, the scene will just keep growing. There’s so many good bands out there, so many talented musicians, each bringing something different to the table.

What are you doing to influence newness in the genre?

Just being ourselves, really. Most of the bands that have influenced the genre have very distinct personalities and many sound nothing like each other on the surface, but somehow seem to share a certain core spirit. We’ve all felt that spirit, and try to honor it in our playing, while at the same time being honest to our own voices as musicians.

How does your songwriting process work? Is there a bandleader, so to speak, or do you all come with ideas and hash them out?

Ben and Jesse are the primary songwriters, although we all contribute bits and pieces. Sometimes a song will grow organically out of a random jam, but more often they’ll bring something they’ve written to practice and we’ll all tinker with it, adding our own parts, tweaking the structure here and there until we’re happy with it.

Tell us a bit about the festival you are playing this summer, Rage Fest.

We’ve really been looking forward to Rage Fest— lots of great bands, lots of great folks, a great location, lots of art and other activities. We’ve all played this festival before as parts of different bands, and it just gets better every year.

How has the Carbondale scene changed since you’ve been living there?

There’s always been great music in Carbondale. A lot of talented musicians play here and a lot have come and gone over the years. There a natural ebb and flow, sometimes you’re playing in front of two-hundred people, sometimes twenty— there’re so many different entertainment options available to folks these days. But we’re excited to be part of the scene, and thankful for all the folks who have supported us so far.

Who are some of your major influences that do not sound like your music?

Umm, Bob Marley? Honestly there’s too many to name. We’re influenced by everything we listen to, but at the same time we don’t really think we sound like anybody else. Actually, Jesse learned how to play the first five Metallica albums note for note on the guitar by the time he was seventeen, but he seems to have fully recovered.

If your band were a current presidential candidate which would they be and why?

Vermin Love Supreme, because he has in the past promised a free pony for every American.

What can we expect at this Hangar show?

A good time! We’ll get your pulse racing and your booty shaking. Plus we’ll be rolling out some new material that we’ve been working on.

What is it about music that motivates you to play?

At the risk of sounding cliché, it’s a way of expressing yourself and connecting with people that can’t be done any other way. And when it works right, it’s an incredible experience for both the musicians as well as the audience.

who: Chromophonic

what: jam band

where: Hangar 9

 

when: Thursday, June 23; Thursday, July 21

Spreading the Jam: A Once-local Band Returns to Rock

Chicago jam-rock band Spread, which performs Saturday, May 7 at the Hangar 9, got their start right
Brett Haynes
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Chicago jam-rock band Spread, which performs Saturday, May 7 at the Hangar 9, got their start right here in Carbondale, circa 2008, and relocated to the Windy City in 2011. Their high-energy, dance-friendly, jam-infused style quickly gained the band a mass of loyal local followers. Their growth here spawned countless sold-out dance-party nights at Tres Hombres and the Hangar 9.

Since then, the band has come a long way, gaining more fans as the years passed. Fans can catch them all over Chicago and the regional-festival scene this summer— Spread has become a staple, in particular, at the Summer Camp Music Festival in Chillicothe, Illinois, where this May they’ll play for the seventh straight year. Still, however, they continue to visit Carbondale and pay tribute to their So Ill roots.

The players are Dave Petrizzo on guitar, Colin Finn on bass, Patrick Reynolds on drums, Joe Kentos on keys, and often Marty Gierczyk on sax.

Nightlife heard back from Reynolds, Petrizzo and Finn about their earliest memories in Southern Illinois as a band.

“My earliest memory of playing with Spread would be our first jam session,” Reynolds said. “Through a mutual friend, A.J. Torres, it had been suggested I get ahold of Dave to jam. I sent Dave a Facebook message and we scheduled a jam session, just the two of us. Dave never showed up for the first one! We rescheduled and he showed up at my apartment with Colin, both of whom I’d never met. We packed into my bedroom and played for a couple hours.”

“I remember the first time Pat, Dave, and myself crammed in Pat’s bedroom on Elm Street,” Finn said. “It was hot, sweaty, and magical. We started playing pretty regularly after that, and soon enough, friends started asking us to play their parties.”

“I’ll never forget in the real early days using our friend Andrea’s loft over near Tres Hombres as a practice pad and also as a place to host some of the first parties where we should basically be playing long experimental sets without any songs most of the time, just jamming, and that’s how we basically developed our sound,” Petrizzo said. “It was the perfect environment being created where we were being encouraged by the people there to keep pushing the jams to new places. That’s where our scene really started developing. I was enthralled by the eclectic mix of interesting and friendly people that kept coming. It was a really special time, and I’m grateful that we have been able to continue making this music and taking it to new places.”

Spread played their first above-ground show at a venue that no longer exists, a venue that hosted every genre of local band without discrimination and whose patio was loved by many. That venue, now the home of the Bike Surgeon, was Booby’s.

“It was a great place to get started and play,” Reynoldo recalled. “We ended up having gigs there regularly in the summer of 2009.”

“Booby’s was the first bar we played in the ‘Dale,” Finn said. “After a few shows they asked us to start a weekly residency every Thursday during the summer of 2009.... We started right after the Sunset Concert and played in the beer garden, so it was always a well-attended event. Eventually, we moved to Tres and played one to two shows per month. And now we’re at Hangar, and it’s still our favorite venue to play in the world!”

“From early on, we were really excited by the sound we were making and felt that it was something unique that we weren’t really seeing anyone else around doing,” Petrizzo said. “We tried to make each performance different in the sense we were improvising a lot. This created a really fun energy at the shows.”

Spread is a definitive example of a successful band from Carbondale. They have come such a long way since their inception and always pay tribute to their roots.

“Carbondale is the reason we found each other as musical brothers and is the reason we are still playing today,” Finn said. “That town has molded more than just music in my life. I hope that the local scene stays strong and true for many years to come. It is a very unique and special place.”

For more information, or to stream video of the band, search for Spread on Facebook.

who: Spread

what: jam band

where: Hangar 9

 

when: Saturday, May 7

Crosseyed and Phishless: Covers of Phish Covers

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Spread

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Hangar 9

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Who: Crosseyed and Phishless / Melk
What: jam band
Where:
When: 2016-04-16
Crosseyed and Phishless, a five-piece cover band from Chicago, will perform Saturday, April 16 at th
Brett Haynes
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Crosseyed and Phishless, a five-piece cover band from Chicago, will perform Saturday, April 16 at the Hangar 9.


This is not your average cover band, folks. As their clever name so well describes, Crosseyed and Phishless performs songs that the legendary jam band Phish covers— a self-described “cover-cover experience.”


Crosseyed and Phishless consists of heavy hitters on the Chicago scene, including several from the band Spread, which formed in Carbondale, killed it here, then relocated to the Windy City. All of the members have other full-time bands, making Crossed and Phishless a supergroup of sorts.


The band includes Brad Miller of Zmick and Melk on guitar, Dave Petrizzo of Spread on guitar, Colin Finn of Spread on bass, Jason Kearney of Thinner Teed and Melk on keyboards, and Matt Rezetko of Shapes and Colors and Raoul Duke on drums.


If you have heard any of these cats’ full time bands, you know they bring the energy, the funk, and the skill necessary to turn it out.


It is not necessary to be a fan of Phish to enjoy the music of Crosseyed and Phishless, because throughout their career Phish has covered a fairly wide range of artists, including Talking Heads, Stevie Wonder, Frank Zappa, Ween, and the Rolling Stones.


Kearney’s up-and-coming instrumental electronic dance rock band Melk will share the bill— find out more at <http://www.DanceToMelk.com>.


Nightlife caught up with Crosseyed and Phishless mastermind Brad Miller and bassist Colin Finn to learn more about the group’s inception and what drew them to this project. They collaborated on the answers to the following questions by email, and this is an edited transcript.

Do you guys try to emulate the original songs spot on or is it more open-ended?
We play the song[s] with a Phish-esque attitude, adding our own flavors along the way. Each member is a big phan and a talented musician, so it’s phun to jam with this crew and play a bunch of great songs by the best bands. Phish teases all day.

Who came up with the name Crosseyed and Phishless?
Brad. The whole concept was his brainchild. We were having beers at a friend’s show last year and Brad started talking about this hilarious idea for a project that he had. All the members were present and the band pretty much made itself.

You’ve planned a small college tour, right? Where are you going to be performing? Are you especially excited about any specific dates?
Just the two for now: Canopy Club in Champaign on April 15 and Hangar in the ‘Dale on April 16. We are pretty pumped for both. Brad once lived in the Canopy Club, occupying a Monday residency during his college days with his old band Zmick. Carbondale is where Dave and myself were reborn with our good bud B. Haynes.

How did you go about figuring out which songs Phish covered?
Years of dedication to the Phish from Burlington, Vermont. Fanboyism.

Do the selections span the entire career of Phish?
Yes. However, we have not busted out “Proud Mary” yet.

Are there any songs that you think Phish covers that people think are original Phish songs?
Many. “Ya Mar,” “My Soul,” “Timber,” probably more.

Do you guys have a favorite cover to play?
“Ya Mar” and “Sneakin’ Sally [Through the Alley]” for me.

Which song is the most technically challenging?
Thus far, probably “Frankenstein.” The covers themselves aren’t too technically challenging— it’s remembering all the chord changes and Brad’s nutty setlist segues. Creating the setlists with the songs at hand is half the phun.

What do you think influences Phish’s choices in songs that they cover?

Fanboyism. They are the best cover band in the world.

Do you guys do “Peaches en Regalia”?
Not yet.

What is the most fun part about being in this band?
The personalititties. Erryone’s a fuggin’ goof. We’ve all known each other for awhile from playing shows together and runnin’ round Chitown. ‘Tis a blast to get with the crew and jam.

who: Crosseyed and Phishless
what: jam band
where: Hangar 9
when: Saturday, April 16

Keller Williams: The Spellbinding Guitar God Returns

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Copper Dragon, The

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Who: Keller Williams KWahtro / Cabinet
What: jam band
Where:
When: 2016-01-28
The one and only Keller Williams will perform Thursday, January 28 at the Copper Dragon Brewing Comp
Brett Haynes
Video Comentary

The one and only Keller Williams will perform Thursday, January 28 at the Copper Dragon Brewing Company with his newest project, KWahtro.

Williams got his start in the 1990s. He has since come a long, long way. Since his first official solo release, Freek, in 1994, Williams has released twenty-two impressive, full-length solo albums, the most recent of which, Vape, came out just last year.

Williams was once best known for his music as a solo artist. He wowed and wooed massive festival and amphitheater crowds armed with two hands, a loop pedal, and an arsenal of gear. The man is an audio sorcerer who knows how to move and entertain a crowd. An impressive multi-instrumental loop master, Williams could make you think (if your eyes were closed) there were at least five people on stage with him.

During the last fifteen years, Williams has moved on from performing just as a solo artist. Currently, he has an astounding ten projects/bands that tour and perform live. His most recent project, KWahtro, is dubbed Williams’s “evolution of acoustic dance music.”

KWahtro (pronounced quatro, as in four, as in quartet) is a bold attempt to translate Williams’s songs (and likely some tastefully chosen covers) into different genres of dance music, including nu-disco, trap, drum ‘n’ bass, and the like, using strictly acoustic instruments.

KWahtro consists of Williams on guitar and vocals, Gibb Droll on guitar, Danton Boller on upright bass, and Rodney Holmes on drums.

Droll has performed and recorded with Williams in the past and is also known for his work with Brandi Carlile and Bruce Hornsby. Boller comes from the Jazz Mandolin Project and toured with legendary trumpeter Roy Hargrove.  Holmes played with funkmaster Maceo Parker and toured with Carlos Santana.

Williams’s other projects encompass a diverse array of musical styles and musicians. There is, of course, his solo project, Keller Williams, also known as K-Dub. Grateful Grass is a bluegrass tribute to the Grateful Dead. The Keller Williams Trio, like KWahtro, also aims at acoustic dance music and features Holmes on drums. More Than a Little features a talented crew of gospel and rhythm and blues players from Williams’s hometown of Richmond, Virginia. Keller and the Kells is a shredworthy Appalachian psychedelic-bluegrass band.

Yet another unique concept for a group, Grateful Gospel, plays Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia tunes meant for Sunday-morning services, so to speak, at music festivals. In another bluegrass project, Williams plays with Del McCoury’s backing band, the Travelin McCourys.

Williams is a family man and has a project called Kids, which is meant for the young ones. He plays with Moseley, Droll, and Sipe in a fusion-rock band. Oh, and there was a project called Grunge Grass, a bluegrass tribute to the 1990s Seattle sound.

Check out Williams’s music from all of these projects at <http://KellerWilliams.net>. Tickets for the Copper Dragon show are $18 at <http://www.ETix.com>.

who: Keller Williams KWahtro / Cabinet

what: jam band

where: Copper Dragon Brewing Company

 

when: Thursday, January 28

Calabash: Jam Rock for Fun-loving Folks

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Tres Hombres


Who: Calabash
What: jam band, blues
Where:
When: 2015-12-19
Fans of the jam-band phenomenon who are looking for a quick fix to alleviate their need for dynamo-d
Alex Kirt
Video Comentary

Fans of the jam-band phenomenon who are looking for a quick fix to alleviate their need for dynamo-dancin’, super-spastic shufflin’, hyperactive hysteria need look no further than Evansville, Indiana’s pride and joy: Calabash. Way back when, brothers in harmony Jarod Heim (electric guitar, vocals) and Paul Wiemeier (acoustic guitar, vocals) were living in Nashville, Tennessee, chasing dreams of singer/songwriter glory. The two formed a duo and began writing and performing together. Later, they relocated to their home turf in Evansville, where they eventually formed Calabash, currently featuring Greg Smitha (bass), Ryan “Cherokee” Hadley (percussion), and Zach Slingerland (drum kit). [Editorial comment: Zach Slingerland might be the best name for a drummer that I’ve ever heard.]

They combine a wide variety of influences to create a musical soup of sound. If you enjoy the jam rock sounds of Widespread Panic, the Grateful Dead, or moe., then it would be in your best interest to strut your funky self on over Saturday, December 19 to Tres Hombres. After listening to the sounds of Calabash via their website (at <http://www.myPPK.com/get/calabash>, it’s clear that this band fits perfectly into any number of summer jam-band festival lineups, including Summer Camp, Bonnaroo, and Wakarusa.

It seems that 2015 was a productive year for Calabash, and Nightlife looks forward to following them in 2016 for updates on their next studio album and touring adventures.

The boys in the band and their “Spiritual Leader” (known simply as Chris) were kind enough to take time out of their busy schedule for a little Q&A with Nightlife.

It looks like Calabash has been busy playing shows predominantly in Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Do you have any plans to travel farther outside of your home region in the upcoming year? Any plans for hitting the summer music-festival circuit this year?

Chris: We do plan on growing this next year. We’d love to break into the Saint Louis music scene. We’re also working on getting into Asheville, North Carolina, and Cincinnati, Ohio. Lexington, Kentucky, is another destination that’s on our map. Of course, though, we want to keep building on the great venues we’ve been playing these past few years. Carbondale, for instance, is such a great original-music town. The love we’re getting here is amazing and hope it keeps growing.

As for the summer music-festival circuit, you could say that that is our top priority. We got to play at an amazing festival called Hyperion last August because we won a battle of the bands competition the promoters held, and we’ve all agreed that we want more of that scene.

Do you have any plans to get back into the recording studio in 2016?

Chris: Hell, yeah! We just played a private show at Seventy-seven Recording here in Evansville last month and sold more tickets than they anticipated. The show ended up being standing-room only. For that night, we’re getting twenty-four hours of studio time to lay down some tracks. So we’re planning on hitting the studio late February for our next album.

What were some of the highlights of 2015 for Calabash? Were there any particularly exciting shows that you played?

Chris: Yes, we had three shows that were really special. First, as mentioned, the Hyperion Music Festival.

Cherokee: It was amazing how such a little music festival in the middle of nowhere can put on such an amazing experience, both audibly and visually.

Chris: Next, opening up for our friends Soul Mechanic at the Preservation Pub in downtown historic Knoxville, Tennessee.

Paul: Soul Mechanic played one of many tribute shows for a member of their band that passed away, and we were extremely humbled to be a part of such a great experience at a fantastic venue. The atmosphere was unbelievable and we were well received by the new faces in the crowd.

Chris: Finally, our Halloween show at Lamasco Bar and Grill in our hometown, Evansville, Indiana, just over a month ago. Our stage was full of blacklight-painted mushrooms of all shapes and sizes. We even had two glow mushrooms that were over six-feet tall. It was a sight to see. We were all dressed as different animals, as the bar had an animal-themed Halloween party, too.

Jarod: That show was one-of-a-kind! You’ll never see another Calabash show with so much eye candy as that one. The crowd was amazing as usual, too!

who: Calabash

what: jam band, blues

where: Tres Hombres

 

when: Saturday, December 19

Cornmeal: A Fresh Start on Slow Street

Cornmeal dishes out its signature brand of bluegrass/Americana this Friday, December 4 at the Hangar
Leah Williams
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Cornmeal dishes out its signature brand of bluegrass/Americana this Friday, December 4 at the Hangar 9. The stop in the ‘Dale supports the band’s latest effort, Slow Street, which came out earlier this spring, and is also part of the group’s forage into the future.

“It is kind of like a reintroduction,” acoustic guitarist Scott Tipping said, “a way for us to showcase us again as a band.”

Cornmeal consists of Tipping, Wavy Dave Burlingame on banjo, Chris Gangi on upright bass, Phil Roach on fiddle, and Drew Littell on drums. The band’s storied career has spanned more than fifteen years. In 2001, Cornmeal released their debut album In the Kitchen, and with it they secured a place among the top new-breed bluegrass bands. The followup, Tales from Magic Stone Mountain, gained critical attention and considerable play on college radio stations.

In May 2006, the third album, Feet First, was produced by former guitarist Kris Nowak and Gangi, and it showed growth in songwriting and musicianship.

Cornmeal released their first live album, Live in Chicago, IL Volume I, as a tribute to their fans in early 2010. The second volume came out the next year.

Following the live albums, Cornmeal planned to record another studio effort with Gangi self-producing, but lineup changes forced the project to be shelved. It took almost a year of auditions, rehearsals, and woodshedding new material before the band felt poised to finish the album that polishes the original material while still cementing a new and fresh sound.

Slow Street dropped this past May, and the long-awaited album included ten original songs. It was recorded in Chicago and includes more than an hour of hard-driving acoustic and electric landscapes as well as plenty of improvised jam sessions.

A host of musical guests are also featured on the record, including Anders Beck of Greensky Bluegrass on Dobro.

Tipping added that all of the hard work and false starts paid off with how well Slow Street turned out. Songs like “Rise Above” and “All Things Must Change”— two tracks that Tipping himself said are among his favorites to play— speak not only of the spirit of the music but also of the tenacity to proceed regardless of what life throws at you.

“I am really happy with the way it turned out,” Tipping said. “It’s a great representation of the band.”

Tipping explained that it was a conscious decision to include and capture the jam-band feel and high energy from Cornmeal’s live shows on the record.

“So many of the songs are ones we have played on stage,” he said. “They have been a part of our setlist for a while, so they will feel familiar.”

Tipping said since Slow Street, Cornmeal has continued to congeal as a band and create more new music. He added that another new record may soon be on the horizon.

But up next for Cornmeal is an extensive winter tour that takes the group through the Midwest. Tipping said the band is welcoming the opportunity to reinvent themselves and reintroduce the results to audiences, including here in Southern Illinois.

“We are looking forward to come back to Carbondale,” he said.

For more information, check out <http//www.CornmealInTheKitchen.com>.

who: Cornmeal

what: slamgrass

where: Hangar 9

when: Friday, December 4

The original version of this article incorrectly named Cornmeal's new album in the first paragraph. The article was corrected on 12/3/15.

Till the Morning Comes: Waking the (Grateful) Dead

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Hangar 9


Who: Till the Morning Comes
What: Grateful Dead tribute
Where:
When: 2015-11-27 - 2015-12-03
On Friday, November 27 and Thursday, December 3, long-time local audio engineer and local-music lege
Brett Haynes
Video Comentary

On Friday, November 27 and Thursday, December 3, long-time local audio engineer and local-music legend Robbie Stokes will perform with his new band Till the Morning Comes at the Hangar 9.

Till the Morning Comes, as you may have guessed, are a Grateful Dead tribute band taking their name from a classic Dead track written by Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia for the album American Beauty.

The band is Robbie Stokes on guitar; Tom Hensold on drums, percussion, and vocals; Nate Blew on bass; Roger Fliege on keys and vocals; Darwin Shane Koch on guitar and vocals; and Troy Hutchens on drums.

Stokes’s musical career goes way back to the golden era of psychedelic rock music. Back in the late sixties, he was in a local band called Devil’s Kitchen. That group moved to San Francisco, where they performed with a plethora of influential legends, and Stokes did session work for Dead drummer Mickey Hart and lyricist Robert Hunter, among others. As one might imagine, playing on that scene at its peak is an amazing footing from which to cast a tribute band— of which the band in tribute pretty much led the whole scene.

Nightlife caught up with Stokes to talk about the past, the present, and of course, the Grateful Dead.

It looks like you have had the opportunity to play with a handful of legendary artists. Can you tell us about that? Some highlights from that time period that heavily influenced your career?

Yes, Devil’s Kitchen performed with many San Francisco psychedelic pioneers back in the day. I’ve been slowly working on a book about those days, lot of guys could write something interesting there. We played bills with Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother [and the Holding Company], Taj Mahal. If you count all the interesting jams and stuff, the list is long. You can get a feel for it at my website [at] <http//www.RobcoAudio.com> or the Robco Audio Facebook page, as I have an ever-growing list on those pages. The [San Francisco] scene was very free and open and extremely diverse. Devil’s Kitchen were fledgling upstarts from Carbondale, and coulda been a contender, but the usual shite got in the way.

I sat in with a lot of people— John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers with [future] Rolling Stones’ guitarist Mick Taylor, Carlos Santana at the Fillmore West, It’s a Beautiful Day, Bill Champlin of Chicago, and played guitar backup on shows with blues legends like Lightnin’ Hopkins and Big Mama Thornton. All of that influenced my style. Seeing the Velvet Underground at the Avalon Ballroom was a seminal kick!

That whole roiling cauldron of music gradually led me into some serious adventures with CCR, the “Spirit in the Sky” man Norman Greenbaum, and solo projects with Dead members, among many others. Long jams were and are part of that bit, but so are concise rock tunes.

In what way did the Grateful Dead influence you as a musician and why did you decide to start up this group?

My son Robby Clark-Stokes and I went in halfsies on a Fender Twin Reverb, a nice one, from Bill Carter. The North Mississippi Allstars used it at Black Diamond Harley-Davidson. I took it to Rustle Hill Winery and sat in on some Dead tunes with Shane’s band Moving Mary [at] Shane’s fiftieth birthday bash. That was nice, so Till the Morning Comes has just evolved from there.

What other groups have you been in since the psychedelic heyday?

As has been documented in these pages previously, I was in Coal Kitchen, Saint Stephen’s Blues, Rolls Hardly, Vision, Doctor Bombay, and Four on the Floor, among others, and a frequent guest with Shawn Colvin, the Skid City Blues Band, and Big Twist and the Mellow Fellows.

What is your favorite era of live Dead music, if you had to pick?

I don’t really have a favorite Grateful Dead era, though in general terms I prefer the earlier to the later stuff. I was very pleased when they had some mainstream success around the time of “Touch of Gray.”

How do you feel about the Dead performing with Trey Anastasio and with John Mayer now?

I’ve been hearing good things about the Mayer shows. John Mayer can play. The Trey thing— let Trey sing!— was good. We watched from Hangar and had it tuned through my P.A. there— that was some fun. Shane and I watched the entire Sunday-night gig together.

I actually think that some recent comments by John Mayer have succinctly nailed the [Grateful Dead] musical ethos and how it can be approached. Look it up.

Why did you choose the song title Till the Morning comes as the band name?

We picked Till the Morning Comes because it hasn’t been used yet. “Without a Net” would more aptly describe us, but there are, like, eighteen Dead tribute bands with that name already!

What would you say is the most difficult part about emulating the Dead?

The music is quite flexible, and striking a balance between emulating it and letting your own style in is the trick.

Do you have a dedicated sound engineer for your sets? As I imagine you must be very particular.

Yeah, we always use a sound tech, typically Robco Audio A1 Gary Griffith. We’re sound veterans of many gigs with Jake’s Leg, Uncle John’s Band, and the Schwag, too, as it happens.

In your interview on PsychedelicBaby’s blog about Devil’s Kitchen, you mentioned being influenced by some of the sound engineers of the time, such as “Bear” Owsley and others. Do you think that standards for live sound today have changed for better or worse? The gear?

Other than a penchant for using a bit too much bass, I would say that sound systems and operation have steadily improved. Embracing digital-mixing technology where appropriate and line-array speaker concepts haven’t hurt, as long as you let the dog wag the tail. Owlsley was a big influence on me in that way, along with Lee Brenkman, speaker designer/builder John Meyer, and original Dead live sound guy Dan Healy. A lot of those guys treated me really nicely when I was young and innocent, which actually didn’t last long! We are very particular about audio.

What is your least-favorite Grateful Dead song and why?

I can’t say that I have a least or most favorite Grateful Dead tune, they all have their merits. I generally prefer their original compositions to the covers, though. I like records like Aoxomoxoa and Shakedown Street, but was floored by Workingman’s Dead and American Beauty. I like the tune “Loser” and “Stella Blue.” I really liked the cover art on Rolling Thunder and Tales of the Great Rum Runners, the two Dead recordings that I worked on.

I thought that all of the Dead keyboardists had their particular charms; I worked with Vince Welnick at a Schwagstock show, which was really kinda cool, as Vince was in the Tubes, yet another famous band that Devil’s Kitchen opened up for. That gig was at the San Francisco Art Institute, where, incidentally, one of my friends, the director Kathryn Bigelow, studied painting. That place was fertile ground for art and [San Francisco] music; it seems that art schools and rock music always go hand-in-hand.

Do you have any advice for aspiring musicians?

Music is fun but you better really love it. Many people wish to express themselves through music, and in addition to having the innate gift you have to be very dedicated in order to get anywhere professionally.

Till the Morning Comes hopes to learn more tunes and play more shows. I don’t have nearly the time to put into as I’d like, as my audio company is always busy, but it’s fun and that’s about what you can hope for!

who: Till the Morning Comes

what: Grateful Dead tribute

where: Hangar 9

 

when: Friday, November 27; Thursday, December 3

Magic Beans: Growing Colorado Spacefunk-Ameritronica-Groove Grass

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Hangar 9

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Who: Magic Beans / ClusterPluck
What: Americana
Where:
When: 2015-10-03
The Magic Beans, a four-piece progressive jam band hailing from Nederland, Colorado, will perform Sa
Brett Haynes
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The Magic Beans, a four-piece progressive jam band hailing from Nederland, Colorado, will perform Saturday, October 3 at the Hangar 9.

Self-described as a spacefunk-Ameritronica-groove grass band, these guys (Scott Hachey on guitar and vocals, Josh Appelbaum on bass, Casey Russell on keys, and Cody Wales on drums) move. The Magic Beans are currently wrapping up their Summer Jams tour, which is winding itself into early fall.

The Colorado jam influence is noticeably prevalent in their music, echoing hints of the String Cheese Incident and the Yonder Mountain String Band. The fusion aspect of their sound, however, sets them apart from the standard. The Magic Beans are heavy on the acoustic-jam side, but can turn on a dime to funk up an audience. Take, for instance, “Mountain Sky,” which is at its essence a newgrass jam. The synth weaves in and out of the acoustic instruments as if a curious, funkified alien got dropped into the mix.

The Magic Beans seamlessly infuse multigenre elements in and out of their songs throughout their live set. Speaking of which, all of their live shows are available for free streaming and download at <http://www.MagicBeansMusic.com>. They have more than thirty releases available, some live and some studio recordings.

The Magic Beans also hosted a festival, Beanstalk, in the beautiful Colorado mountains. It sold out this year.

Nightlife caught up with Scott Hachey to chat a bit about the history and the future of the band.

How did you guys meet, and how long have you been playing together?

We met in Boulder, Colorado, through the local live music scene five years ago. We started jamming together for fun. We were in college and threw some pretty big parties at our house up in the canyon. We’d play music and people would love it, so we started a band. Then we’d play more parties and eventually venues.

Why do you release all of your music for free?

The music industry has changed and it’s important for people to be able to jam your music. It’s hard to convince people to pay for a band coming up when they haven’t heard you. Free music has a way of getting around and then people can come to the shows. We do sell our studio albums for money, but all our live shows are free. Everything should be free, I think, but that’s not how it is, ya know?

Are you planning on releasing a new studio album any time soon?

We’ll be going into the studio in December. There [is] no release date right now because we don’t wanna pressure ourselves to finish. When it’s ready, we’ll release it, hopefully in spring.... We’ll be doing a one-day studio thing in [New York City] this week. We might release it as an EP.

How do you feel about the influx of midwesterners to Colorado?

It’s a funny phenomenon. Myself and Casey Russell, our keyboardist, are Minnesota transplants. There’s lots of other midwestern people out in Colorado. It’s cool cause I like our good ol’ midwestern values.

How has the tour been going?

Tour has been great. We’ve gone from coast to coast of this great nation and I’m happy to say there are some good folks out there who like to have a good time. It’s a pleasure to meet everyone and share our music with them.

Who are some of your major influences who do not at all sound like how you sound?

We really like Ween, D’angelo, John Hartford, Jason Isbell, Hiatus Kaiyote, John Scofield, Pink Floyd, lots of stuff.

How does your songwriting process usually work?

We write songs individually and bring them to the group to kinda make them come to life. It’s a fairly open process, but myself and Casey write the songs.

What has been the most fulfilling moment in your music career?

This year’s Beanstalk Festival was the best weekend of my entire life. It’s our annual festival, and this year was just incredible. Sold out, up in the mountains with everyone getting down. Our team is the best, and it was amazing to share that with all 1,500 people that came out.

What is it about music that makes you want to play?

Everything. It’s science, art, math, patterns, emotion, and just all encompassing. It’s a universal language that anyone can understand. It’s magic.

Do you remember what about music inspired you to start pursuing it?

I remember just listening to the classic-rock channel in my hometown and I knew every word of all the songs when I was ten. I loved guitar solos and could remember them all, too. One day me and my dad were jamming Dire Straits and I was just like, ‘I want a guitar,’ and that was that. I loved playing and have been writing songs since middle school.

If your music was an animated television show, which would it be and why?

It’d be Rick and Morty because it’s irreverent and fun. We explore different worlds and goof around all while entertaining people with shenanigans.

If you could live the life and career of any musician living or dead other than yourself who would it be and why?

It’s gotta be Jerry Garcia. [laughs] May be cliché, but that guy had one hell of a life and inspired a lot of people.

Do you have any advice for aspiring musicians?

Just play as much a possible. Meet some kids that like to play, too, and just get down on it. Have the best time ever, ‘cause music is great. Don’t get hung up on who is the best. Be original and put your soul into it, because no one can deny that.

who: Magic Beans / ClusterPluck

what: Americana

where: Hangar 9

 

when: Saturday, October 3

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