After hosting a very successful NYE at Absinthe in Santa Barbara, ALO plans to make an appearance at the Knitting Factory West in Los Angeles on February 27th and then roll down to Winston's in San Diego on the 28th. These two dates will come right after a two-week run in Hawaii, where they will be playing bars, halls, and theaters--anywhere they can spread the ALO'HA spirit.

Dan Lebowitz (ALO) by Jon Gelbard
For over 15 years Dan Lebowitz (guitar), Steve Adams (bass), and Zach Gill (keys) have shared a musical bond that has shifted and morphed into what it is today: a shiny collection of dance grooves that dabble in just about every genre possible. One part bohemian, one part jazz, ALO can take anything and funk it up just as easily as they can whip up some bluegrass. Bottom line is ALO is a musical beast that has a heads up on the jam community... they have played together since junior high, they know what each other musician is going to do before they themselves know.

By visiting their website, one can get a better understanding on just how much the LAG (aka ALO) music has grown, through high school, college, marriage, and starting families. In time we see that Lebowitz, Adams, and Gill have created a family of their own and have found a perfect completion to the circle with drummer David Brogan. Their grooves are tight and loose at the same time; they leave so much room for spur-of-the-moment hilarity, or extended solos, while combining stellar covers and extremely danceable originals.

In the studio with Jack Johnson
By Jenna Lebowitz
Combining classic covers like the Talking Heads classic "Naïve Melody" and originals like "Time Is of the Essence," ALO sets out to do one thing: release your inner animal. Zach Gill's approach on the keys is enticing to both your ears and feet, as he can fill the pocket with ease and skill. With the never dull rhythm section laying it down, Lebowitz and Gill trade licks back and forth from guitar to keys, leaving a gooey feeling that gushes out onto the floor making your feet shuffle so as not to get stuck. With no actual "leader" of this four piece, they all take the reins and direct where the beast will move. Through their love for the music, each other, and everyone they play for, ALO promises great things in the years to come. 2004 is looking to be a big stepping-stone, with a new album coming out in spring featuring Jack Johnson on several tracks.

On February 27th The Knitting Factory is in store for some great things. ALO will be taking all in attendance on a musical journey that is sure to please and appease anyone willing to just let go and allow themselves to feel the funk. Tucked away on Hollywood Blvd, ALO will throw down in what promises to be a very intimate setting. The following evening, they will be taking it back down to Ocean Beach to end it on the right foot. Winston's has become the stomping ground for many a band in search of loyal fans who will dance hard till the wee hours. ALO is no stranger to Winston's, and have had several memorable evenings there, most recently on November 1st, when they invited Alfred Howard on stage to share in the festivities. Al Howard is quickly making a name in his own right throughout San Diego and elsewhere, as he opens minds, hearts, and souls with his band, The K23 Orchestra. Look for this San Diego show to be a P-A-R-T-Y, as the S.D. music freaks get down with one of their favorite bands from the Bay Area.

So if Southern California is where you reside, make sure you get to the shows, you won't soon forget the incredibly infectious, danceable sounds that will stay with you for days. For more information on ALO, visit their websites at and

Matthew Layton
JamBase | SoCal
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[Published on: 1/28/04]

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