Jam band doubleheader at Tahoe City cafe on Friday
Get ready, rock, blues and jazz fans. The Sawtooth Ridge Cafe in Tahoe City will be presenting the bands Flowmotion and Garaj Mahal on Friday, Oct. 19, and those are two great tastes that go great together.
Flowmotion, a Seattle-based groove band that blends rock, funk and blues with African and Latin rhythms, are famous for their infectious energy and solid musicianship. They also know how to pack a dance floor.
Flowmotion is fronted by singer-songwriter Josh Clauson, with Sabu Miyata on bass, Scott Goodwin on drums, Bob Rees on percussion and vibes and RL Heyer on guitar. The band was formed in 1999 on San Juan Island in Washington State, and now plays 150 dates a year, routinely drawing capacity houses at colleges and clubs.
The group’s most recent studio effort, “Is That Right,” released earlier this year, features the popular single “Wild Eyes.” Lake Tahoe Action will give away the CD to the first person who e-mails Tim Parsons at firstname.lastname@example.org. The contest starts at noon on Friday. Only one Action contest winner per month please.
Flowmotion has appeared with Widespread Panic, Steve Kimrock Band, The Wailers and Michael Franti & Spearhead, to name but a few.
Garaj Mahal is a convergence of jazz-style improvisation, mystical Middle-Eastern atmospheres, and danceable American funk. The band features guitar and sitar virtuoso Fareed Haque, world-renowned bass master and educator Kai Eckhardt, jazz keyboardist Eric Levy and drummer Alan Hertz.
Garaj Mahal has played with Dizzy Gillespie, John McLaughlin, Sting, Cassandra Wilson, Dave Holland, Bela Fleck, Chick Corea, Steve Smith, Zakir Hussain, Edgar Meyer, Les Claypool, Trey Anastasio, Umphrey’s McGee, MMW, Steve Kimock, and Michael Manring.
Garaj Mahal’s current release and second studio album, Blueberry Cave, was a winner in the 2007 Independent Music Awards, whose panel of judges include Peter Gabriel, Ozzy Osbourne, McCoy Tyner, Paul Oakenfold, Suzanne Vega, Cyndi Lauper, Marc Ribot, Buddy Guy, David Grisman, Bebel Gilberto, Bill Frisell, Rob Wasserman and FatBoy Slim. The album was selected as the winner of the Album-Jam category from the largest number of entries the program has received to date, according to award organizers Music Resource Group.
Doors open at 8:30 p.m., with the show at 9 p.m. Tickets to the all-ages show are $15 in advance, and can be purchased at the Sawtooth Ridge Cafe, Joby’s, New Moon Natural Foods, the Tahoe Hemp Company, or Recycled Records in Reno; or online at http://www.renegadeshows.com.
Information: (530) 583-2880 or (530) 583-2801.