Guitar player Eric Holder is the man behind the curtain in this band. On the surface, The Menagerie is a jazzy, funky, at times even loungey jam band, pushed along by Holder's heavy metal guitar.
Holder admits his love for metal, even if it isn't shared by the rest of the band. His playing gives this hippy band an edge.
¤ The Menagerie ¤ 10 p.m. Saturday ¤ Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill, Fifth Street and Lincoln Avenue ¤ Free ¤ 879-3773 Holder recommends: ¤ "Dark Side of the Moon," Pink Floyd ¤ "Remain in Light," Talking Heads ¤ "Live at the Fillmore," Allman Brothers ¤ Any live recording, Phish ¤ "Strangeitude, " Ozric Tentacles
They call their sound "composite rock." Each band member approaches the music from a different direction. The drummer is a Southern rock fan, the bass player comes from a punk and hip-hop background, and the guitar player is a heavy metal fan.
At a live show, they pass the music around from player to player.
"Certain sections get more room to breathe," Holder said.
The Boulder-based band plays mostly original music with a few covers by the Allman Brothers, the Talking Heads and a few fun songs such as "Eye of the Tiger" thrown into the mix.