Keller Williams to bring ‘acoustic dance music’ project to North Tahoe
If you go
What: Keller Williams KWahtro
When: 9 p.m. Saturday, April 23
Where: Crystal Bay Casino Crown Room
Cost: $23 advance; $27 day of show
CRYSTAL BAY, Nev. — Keller Williams doesn’t have time for naps.
Cranking out 23 albums over a 21-year span, performing in nine different offshoot bands — not to mention as a solo act — and playing hundreds of shows dotted across the country each year, Williams appears to be on an endless quest to create new music.
Add that to the fact Williams has a wife and two kids and a plot of land in his hometown of Fredericksburg, Va., and it’s easy to imagine a restless Williams with an acoustic guitar permanently slung over his shoulder and a notepad and pen at the ready.
“It’s my love of music,” Williams said in a phone interview Tuesday. “I’m constantly looking for different ideas on songs, and have an obsession with listening to music and researching different sound ideas of different songs I’ve heard.”
“(I have) very few moments for naps,” added Williams, whose prolific career of genre-melding music combines elements of bluegrass, jazz, funk, reggae and alt-rock, among others.
Williams’ latest delve into soundscape exploration has culminated in the formation of a four-piece “acoustic dance music” group dubbed the Keller Williams KWahtro.
Along with Williams on vocals and guitar, the group features renowned musicians Gibb Droll (guitar), Danton Boller (acoustic upright bass) and Rodney Holmes (drums).
Those wondering what exactly Williams’ “acoustic dance music” brainchild sounds like will get their chance Saturday night when the Keller Williams KWahtro takes the stage of the Crystal Bay Casino Crown Room.
“I’m going for more of an electronica feel but with all acoustic instruments,” Williams, known for his percussive fingerstyle guitar playing, said of the project. “Taking a page out of the book of the DJs, kind of absorbing elements of the DJ world. For example, the tension buildups and release and the halftime drop. Things like that kind of bring the audience together at the same moment at the same time.
“It’s pretty special when it’s done correctly.”
Playing a blend of brand new songs and old songs plucked from Williams’ early records, the KWahtro has only 20 some shows under their belt as they head into their North Shore gig, Williams said.
“It’s still very fresh and exciting; we all still like each other and the music hasn’t gotten old yet,” added Williams, laughing. “I’m very lucky to have a fanbase whose fans are very forgiving and open-minded and excited. These folks who come see me, it’s a very consistent vibe, no matter what kind of project I bring.
“A lot of my career’s my relentless pursuit of entertaining myself. It starts with me having fun and hopefully that translates to the audience.”
And Williams, who’s played the Crystal Bay Casino a handful of times in the past, said he’s especially excited to bring his latest sound experimentation, the KWahtro, to the CBC for the first time.
“I love it there,” Williams said of the Crown Room. “It’s a beautiful room and the PA that’s in there was designed by a scientific genius. It’s really a pleasure to be able to put music through those incredible speakers and sound system.
“I just always remember great sound and great people there.”
Read more about Keller Williams at kellerwilliams.net.