Thursday, March 27, 2008

This Weekend's Music Buzz: March 27

Thursday Mar 27, 2008

Jazz Jam @ Urban Stampede 8:00P

River City Jazz Trio @ ’l Bistro (Canad Inn) 8:00P

Open Mic @ Mike’s Pizza 9:00P

Whiskey Sam @ Diamond Lounge 9:30P

The King’s Head @ O’Really’s Irish Pub 10:00P

Friday Mar 28, 2008

Rock Show feat. 7 Bands @ Eagles Club 7:00P

Wise Guys @ Long Haul Saloon 9:00P

J. Bobby Hamilton @ Charlie Brown’s 9:00P

Still Fighting It @ Sanders 1907 9:30P

Whiskey Sam @ Diamond Lounge 9:30P

Saturday, Mar 29 2008

March Music Madness feat. 6 Bands @ Eagles Club 6:00P

Wise Guys @ Long Haul Saloon 9:00P

J. Bobby Hamilton @ Charlie Brown’s 9:00P

Whiskey Sam @ Diamond Lounge 9:30P

Matt Strand Group @ Sanders 1907 9:30P

Monday Mar 31, 2008

Faster On Building w/ Bradley Hathaway @ The Armory (UND Campus) 7:00P

Tuesday Apr 1, 2008

Open Mic @ Down UNDer 9:30P

Open Mic @ The Hub 10:00P

Monday, March 17, 2008

Bizzar-o week: A new side-band and The Light Friday

I was commenting to Steve, our bass player that this week was bizzaro week: up is down, left is right, cats and dogs living together, you get the picture.

SFI was supposed to play the Moose on Wednesday night, but both Jarrod and Matt (the drummer) were ill, so I called in a couple of guys I jam with: John Behling on guitar, Steve Carriere on bass, and Zach Spicer on drums (talented young dude, keep an eye out for this guy!). We threw together a rough set list and completely winged it for the night, but it was a good time and we talked about doing this again, as a side project.

As Thursday rolled around, Jarrod and Matt both expressed concern about Friday night's planned gig at Suite 49. Unfortunately the guys I called on Wednesday night were not available to cover again, so I called and cancelled it.

However, it just so happens that a co-worker of mine plays in a similarly-styled band called The Light Friday. I'd heard these guys on Myspace and know a couple of them, so I figured I'd suggest to Suite 49 that they play as a replacement for SFI. I also offered to mix the band because, well, I had nothing else to do and really wanted to see them play.

It turns out, not surprisingly, that these guys (and gal) are really, really good. They play a mixture of acoustic-rock covers from bands like Dave Matthews, Coldplay, and Lynyrd Skynrd, as well as a handful of well-written originals. If you haven't seen them yet, make sure you do - they'll be at the Loading Dock in the Memorial Union this Tuesday.

Saturday morning I got a phone call from Suite 49 asking me if I could get my side-band together to cover for Jarrod, who was supposed to play a solo act at the Ralph (during the Sioux game), but was still sick. So I called the guys and they were available. I also called Chris Tanzey, who is a grad student at UND Music - he plays a killer trumpet in just about every style imaginable: jazz, rock, whatever.

I like having as many people as possible on stage - "the more, the merrier," as they say - the only limiting factor being the split at the end of the night. Having all those folks on stage allows for a lot of creativity and versatility as everyone brings something different to the table. Saturday night was no exception as we were able to cover songs from Steely Dan's "Josie" and Sublime's "What I Got," to Pee-Wee Ellis' "The Chicken" and Herbie Hancock's "Chameleon."
It seemed the audience dug what we were in to, but most of all we had a really good, funky, time and I think this little side project is around to stay.

So, out of an expected weekend of playing two SFI dates, I unexpectedly started a side band and got to hear a fun new band. If you asked me a week ago if that was going to happen I would have told you you were out of your mind: Bizzar-o.

SFI will be back at Sanders on Friday, March 28 - don't miss it!