Bringing music lovers the best elements of breakbeat-influenced rhythms and tasteful improvisation with dirty grooves have made Bockman's Euphio and Speakeasy among regional traders newest "must-have" recordings. The great vibe created at these bands' shows has correlated into a exceedingly loyal crowd in the Midwest, which the bands will be meandering through as part of a three show co-headline stead.

In only few short years, the sonic sounds of Bockman's Euphio have grown from a ripple in the Missouri landscape to a growing wave of progressive music blowing up like a mushroom cloud. The three shows with Speakeasy will begin a regional tour for the band in Missouri, Illinois, Ohio and Indiana. In their past travels, Bockman's has shared the stage with a number of national bands, including Victor Wooten, The Slip, Leftover Salmon and Little Feat. The quintet is coming off a recent victory at the annual "St. Louis Battle of the Jambands" at Cicero's Nightclub, and is recording their first studio album scheduled for July 2002. Fueled by a high octane sound driven by two keyboardists and quality songwriting, the bands full sound is tastefully complemented by danceable rhythms and tight breaks. The jams transmogrify and diverge to take on new shapes in differing time signatures, rhythms and forms with a neck breaking groove that puts listeners in a "euphoric" state.

Bockman's Euphio will be joined with the hard hitting sounds of Speakeasy, an Ozark harvested power trio who have distinguished themselves as one of the hottest acts in the state. Their most recent release, Baking Secrets (2001) showcases the band's proficient songwriting ability, with nine high energy rock and roll tracks that envelop the listener, guaranteed to bring a smile to the face. In the live setting, the trio's communication with audience members creates an intense energy level that builds to huge peaks with dirty grooves. The band, which grew up playing music together, has an almost naturally ingrained sense of communication that gives the transitions an effortlessly tight feel. They ramble through complicated compositions and pull-no-punches rock and roll. Their musical journeys have included shows with the North Mississippi Allstars and Jazz Mandolin Project.

Bockman's Euphio and Speakeasy will be sharing the stage for three shows this week at The Juke Joint in Springfield, MO. on Thursday Jan. 31, The Blue Note in Columbia, MO on Friday Feb. 1 and Cicero's Night Club in St. Louis MO. on Saturday Feb. 2.

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    John Sents

  • [Published on: 1/29/02]

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