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  • WOLF! ft. Scott Metzger

    WOLF! ft. Scott Metzger

    On The Spot Trio

    Sat, September 16, 2017

    Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

    Garcia's at The Capitol Theatre

    Port Chester, NY

    $15 ADV // $20 DAY OF SHOW

    Tickets at the Door

    This event is 21 and over

    WOLF! ft. Scott Metzger
    WOLF! ft. Scott Metzger
    WOLF! (guitarist Scott Metzger, bassist Jon Shaw and drummer Taylor Floreth) represents everything that eludes chest-thumping power trios and even many small jazz ensembles. Nobody shows off. There are no fireworks, no screaming solos. In their place, the music of WOLF! overflows with atmosphere—a wisp of Parisian swing, a dreamy seaside mist, a Tarantino moonlight spell, creamy, Metzger’s creamy gorgeous texture, as always unadorned by effects, is so spare it’s almost not there.

    Who exactly are the well-matched members of WOLF!? First of all, they’re all Brooklyn natives, an important point by Metzger’s measure. “In Brooklyn, you’ve got some of the best in the world playing pretty much any genre you can imagine,” he says. “The bar is high here. Nobody wants to hear your flashiest shit. Nobody’s going to be impressed. If you’re going to play a solo, you’d better really say something. Otherwise, nobody cares because everybody here has heard it all.”

    Just as important, all three broke into music as sidemen — professional musicians rather than wannabe stars. Metzger has performed countless sessions and shows with artists as diverse as Trixie Whitley, Phil Lesh & Friends, Moby and Nicole Atkins, while also holding down lead guitar duties for summer festival favorites, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead. Shaw has anchored the bottom end for Cass McCombs, Shakey Graves and Sharon van Etten among many others. Floreth emerged from New York’s Collective School of Music and has since played shows with blues innovator Bill Sims Jr., guitarists Jim Campilongo and Avi Bortnick and singer/songwriter Kelli Scarr.

    As they established themselves as go-to backup players for New York artists, Metzger, Shaw and Floreth inevitably crossed and recrossed paths. As their instincts for playing together grew, they began getting booked as a unit. Still, it never crossed their minds to step out on their own until that fateful night in Williamsburg. At the end of that initial gig, when the club owner offered them a weekly booking as an instrumental three-piece, they finally realized they were onto something good.

    Branded with the name WOLF!, they evolved into a unique musical entity — and then kept evolving. “Our early stuff was kind of contained,” Metzger says. “As the years have gone by, we’ve learned to represent more influences. We can introduce a noise aspect or free jazz elements. We’ve become a lot less about guitar solos. In the beginning, we saw the guitar as the voice that was leading us. Now we’re more about creating arrangements on the spot as opposed to melody/solo/melody. I’m not thinking, ‘OK, I’m gonna solo now.’ It’s more like, ‘Let me compose a cool part for where a solo would traditionally go.’”
    On The Spot Trio
    On The Spot Trio
    On The Spot (OTS) Trio started in 2006 as “a fiercely funky threesome of musicians from Santa Cruz, CA, determined to take decisive action in espousing the doctrine of soul jazz dance parties across the land.” Their inspiration is rooted in 1970’s soul jazz and funk, which has been steeped in a millennial soup of rock, jazz, afro beat, and improvisational groove. Alan Evans—producer and drummer of Soulive—produced and appeared on OTS Trio’s debut album, Straight Out The Garden (2010), and forged a creative bond with OTS during these sessions, which resulted in the Suction 45rpm (Colemine Records, 2012) and SHAG (2014). In a twist of fate, when Evans formed his solo project, The Alan Evans Trio, OTS guitarist Danny Mayer was asked if he wanted to join…

    Join he did, leaving Santa Cruz for the Berkshires, and organist / keyboardist Kris Yunker followed shortly afterwards, when The Alan Evans Trio became the rock organ trio Playonbrother. As Evans shifted his focus back to Soulive at the end of 2014, Mayer and Yunker—now both in New England—reformed On The Spot Trio, fusing their boogaloo and soul jazz roots with a more modern, hard hitting afro beat tinged jam band vibe. Now, with their new drummer Andrew Cusanelli, as well as continued special guests including Johnny Durkin on percussion from Deep Banana Blackout, and Mary Corso on vocals from Broca’s Area, On The Spot has been establishing a Northeast/Mid-Atlantic presence playing at festivals, and opening up for bands such as Deep Banana Blackout as they work their way back West.

    Prior to the band’s hiatus, they had begun to establish a bit of a following in California, with monthly residencies at such renowned venues as the Boom Boom Room in San Francisco and the Crepe Place in Santa Cruz, as well as regular touring up-and-down the Pacific Coast and into Colorado. East Coast hits surrounded festivals, such as Catskill Chill Music Festival, and paved the way for future touring. OTS Trio have appeared and performed with DJ Logic, Monophonics, Wil Blades, 7 Come 11, Teddy Presberg Quartet, Boca de Rio, Juno What?!, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Orgone, Particle, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk and many more, as well as innumerable individual members of some of these great bands.

    “We have so much fun playing music, we try our hardest to bring 110 percent every time we play,” says Mayer. “Our goals for every show are to find those divine moments of inspiration, and to make sure people are smiling, dancing, and having a good time!”
    Venue Information:
    Garcia's at The Capitol Theatre
    145 Westchester Avenue
    Port Chester, NY, 10573