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No songs. No set list. No rehearsals.

Autumn Phillips

On Tuesday night, the members of Bodacious Tatas were sitting at a bar, deep in discussion about what kind of band they might want to be and what kind of music they would play at Saturday’s gig. Some band members were even introducing themselves to each other for the first time.

A few songs were thrown out — selections from Miles Davis’ “Kind of Blue” album, for example — but no decisions were made. And that’s the way this band likes it.

The plan is to open the stage to six musicians who know their way around any genre of music and see what happens.

No songs. No set list. No rehearsals.

Today, the members of Bodacious Tatas — a band that appeared and disappeared almost two years ago — are local musical heavyweights Eric Barry, Graham Waters, Ian Smith, Sam Caston, Dan Koebnick and Andy Pratt. But Bodacious Tatas is “an idea more than it is a group of people,” Smith said. Its members could change depending on the time, date and place.

The band continues much in the spirit it was formed. Two years ago, Smith, Pratt, Koebnick, Waters, Dan Isbell, Caston and drummer Eric Schumann started a Grateful Dead cover band. They named themselves Kool-Aid Acid Test, made posters and booked gigs, but never learned any Grateful Dead songs and never practiced. On the day of their first show, they changed their name to Bodacious Tatas and took the stage at the Wolf Den Tavern.

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The result was so musically weird and fun that the group wanted to do it again.

“The reason I like this so much is that with a song you have to live up to something. With improvisation, you have total freedom,” Smith said.

Smith likes to use a quote from the movie “The Mighty Wind” to explain his expectation of the band: “I’m sure it will be an adventure, a voyage in this magnificent vessel into uncharted waters. What if we see sailfish jumping and flying across the magnificent orb of a setting sun?”

He also predicts a mix of Grateful Dead, Latin, funk and jazz improvisation and “some killer Pink Floyd delay bass.”

“To me it’s like a conversation,” Barry said. “Someone throws a topic on the table, and we go from there.”

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