the fleet fingers will be out in force at new monsoon. If you're a fan of open-ended electric jams and happened to miss New Monsoon at last year's inaugural 4 Peaks Festival in Tumalo, here's your chance to totally redeem yourself and strike a blow for sustainable living at the same time.
San Francisco's jammin' rock quintet will play a special benefit show for 3E Strategies next week at the Summit Stage and Saloon. New Monsoon has been transforming audiences across the country into dedicated fans with its inventive musical exploration and straight up down home rock-n-roll that is served up on a relentless touring schedule.
The band just released a new album, New Monsoon V, and is a staple on the summer festival circuit, from Bonnaroo to Summerfest, including a stop in Tumalo last year where they headlined the 4 Peaks Music Festival. They can also hold their own on a solo bill, which they proved in January '07, when they played to a sold-out Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco. Unfortunately the band has a schedule conflict and won't be able to return to 4 Peaks, so fans will have to strike while the iron is hot next week at the Summit.
Jambase raves that "New Monsoon V moves with muscular dexterity, avoiding overplaying at every turn, always serving the songs and one another in a way only thousands of shows and countless hours of woodshedding can produce."
Strong vocals and harmonies, electric and acoustic guitars, banjo, mandolin, bass and keyboards, unify the musical styles of New Monsoon's influences, which are as diverse as rock gods Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd and Santana, bluesman Mississippi John Hurt and world music pioneers Tito Puente, Shakti and Peter Gabriel. New Monsoon's music is an experience of textures, rhythms, ideas and moods.
"New Monsoon has always been an evolutionary process, where each year brings them closer to some larger - though unstated - goal that may never be reached. They recognize the value of unattainable things, and it's that yearning that infuses their music with a sense of something deep and sincere reaching out from the inside. As Paul Weller once put it, At the foot of the mountain/Such a long way to climb. How will I ever get up there/But I know I must try," according a recent write up on Jambase.
As singer and multi-instrumentalist Jeff Miller, said in the band's bio, "One thing about our scene is people are still going out to support live music. God bless them for it."
In this age of digital music and file sharing, the fact the band's live performances matter so much to the band and its fans is a testament to New Monsoon's musicianship and passion. More information can be found at www.newmonsoon.com.
So, get off the couch on Thursday the 24th (it is the new Friday after all), and check out a rock-solid, jam-oriented, blue-grassy and sometimes calypso, quintet. While boogeying down to the funky beats, support 3E Stratagies, a non-profit that is truly unique here in Bend.
New Monsoon with Moon Mountain Ramblers
8pm Thurs. April 24, Summit Salon 125 NW Oregon. $15. Tickets 617-9013.