RANA's first headlining appearance in The Knitting Factory NYC's Main Space on March 22nd poses many questions. Some of them are:
Is RANA a jamband?
Is the Knitting Factory just a jazz club?
Can you wipe dog shit off insensible shoes?
Is Mr. Durant the lost Bonnaroo baby?
You may find out that the answer to question 3 and 4 are months away from solution (if there is one) but the other two yield contradictions much more appealing to the masses.
When I was in Big Cypress for NYE 2000 I found my way to define the jam scene in the variety of music being played throughout the camp sites. I think of the limitless array of music roaming the air every time RANA takes a new direction with their music and every time someone in the RANA family turns me on to a new artist or record I wouldn't have otherwise considered. RANA is a rock 'n roll band that doesn't jam in the conventional sense but can improvise stylistically and thematically and won't be contained by anything more than the excitable moments they create on stage.
Since NYC's The Knitting Factory hired former Wetlands Preserve talent buyer Jake Szufnarowski, it's remained true to it's jazz foundations but also ridden the open possibilities at the heart of jazz to include representatives of many different musical genres. Accompanying RANA on March 22nd will be The Red King, These Bones and the song writing genius of Sam Jayne. Sam's idiosyncratic and sensitive delivery compliment lyrics that will lead you to wonder what's to come around every corner of his songs.
RANA will be bringing it in front of large groups of fans this Spring with dates opening for Widespread Panic and participating in festivals with Karl Denson's Tiny Universe and Bela Fleck and the Flecktones but don't pass up this chance to see what RANA can do when they're free to rock until the morning's light.
There's no question you'll have fun with RANA at the Knit on 3/22.
JamBase NYC Correspondent
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