Thursday, September 29, 2005
The Tao Jones doesn't have a frontman. The music is passed from band member to member, and each takes his turn holding and changing the form of the song.
The keyboards spend as much time on the front of the stage as the trumpet or the bass.
¤ The Tao Jones
¤ 10 p.m. Saturday
¤ Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill, Fifth Street and Lincoln Avenue
With each solo, they add mass to the bare bones of the original song.
It's a band style straight from the pages of jazz.
Although The Tao Jones' music is rooted in jazz, its songs are original, and its sound wanders in and out of influences from Africa, Brazil, Cuba and New York in one night's set.
Based in Boulder, The Tao Jones is becoming a Steamboat Springs stage regular. Local music lovers already know percussionist Jeff Lane and keyboard player Adam Williamson from their other band, The Menagerie.
This will be The Tao Jones' third time playing Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill. It's a small stage for a seven-piece band, but they love it.
"We love the atmosphere at Mahogany Ridge," Williamson said. "It's more than just another night of working for us."
The group came through town in July, but members promise that even if you've seen them before, you haven't seen them yet. The band is prolific, writing two or three new songs a week.
"We probably have 10 new songs (on our set list) since the last time we played," Williamson said. "I know it's hard when you haven't heard of a band before to go to the show, but we hope people come out and give it a chance. We promise they'll have a good time."