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  • WOLF! ft. Scott Metzger

    WOLF! ft. Scott Metzger

    Dave Dreiwitz's Crescent Moon

    Fri, February 9, 2018

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

    Garcia's at The Capitol Theatre

    Port Chester, NY

    $15 ADVANCE // $20 DAY OF SHOW

    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.’”
    Dave Dreiwitz's Crescent Moon
    Dave Dreiwitz's Crescent Moon
    DAVE DREIWITZ’S CRESCENT MOON is a bass and drum rock duo fronted by WEEN and JRAD bassist DAVE DREIWITZ. Currently joined by SOUND OF URCHIN’S CHRIS ‘TOMATO’ HARFENIST on drums and vocals. The duo pay homage to the music Dreiwitz created in his previous rock duo, INSTANT DEATH with the late great drummer SCOTT BYRNE. Byrne and Dreiwitz started INSTANT DEATH in 1991 writing all-original rock classics including “Hammer to the Skull” and “The Enabler”. Originally formed in 2006, CRESCENT MOON'S past members include JOE RUSSO, KARINA RYKMAN, DR. DOG'S ERIC SLICK and WEEN’S CLAUDE COLEMAN JR.
    Venue Information:
    Garcia's at The Capitol Theatre
    145 Westchester Avenue
    Port Chester, NY, 10573