What can be said about jam bands? You either love them or hate them. They're like... a pint of Guinness, or Ayn Rand novels. But how can you know which side of the divide you fall on if you've never been to a show?
Catching The Werks at Mr. Smalls Sunday would make an excellent means of entry into the world of jam bands. I thought I had them pegged from the beginning. Their latest album, from 2012, has a hallucinatory eye of Ra on the cover. There are songs titled “Galactic Passport” and “Burning Groove,” and only one of the nine tracks is less than six minutes long. But this was fast-paced stuff, upbeat and danceable, without a single noodling guitar solo or bongo freakout. There was a lot of funk in their sound too, appropriate for a band from Dayton, home of the Ohio Players. And for what it's worth, an old buddy of mine, a former Dead groupie, says jam bands must be experienced live, that the studio albums just cannot recreate the communal experience. Who are we to judge?
Opening are local jam bands Jazzam and Blue Redshift.
Tickets cost $10. If you prefer to attend without paying money – and who wouldn't? - email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, put “werks” in the subject line, and we'll let you know if you won a pair of tickets to the show.
-- B. Conway
-- B. Conway