Friday, March 26, 2010

Jim Weider's Project Percolator @ Jammin' Java

One of our favorite guitarists finally ventured to our area and we couldn't pass on the opportunity. Unfortunately, others did not share the same enthusiasm to see
Jim Weider's Project Percolator because Jammin' Java was way under capacity, although local guitarist Dave Chappell knew enough to attend. Too bad others didn't venture out, they missed not only a great guitarist, but a great band. Jim Weider is the northeast's version of Bill Kirchen - a master of classic telecaster guitar. Many people know him from his days with The Band from 1985-2000; Weider replaced Robbie Robertson as lead guitarist. He has also collaborated with countless other musicians and has fronted his own band for the past 20+ years - even during his stint with The Band. Jim Weider's Project Percolator has been around since and includes Mitch Stein on rhythm guitar, Steve Lucas on bass, and Rodney Holmes on drums. Holmes is clearly a fan favorite as Weider grants him plenty of drum solo opportunities. And the guy can play - he was mesmerizing.

The band is touring in support of their latest CD, Pulse; and for those who love classic rock\blues - this CD is for you. Now, there are no vocals - just heavy guitar and percussion so be prepared for a jam session. That is what we heard at Jammin' Java. They played several off this CD including Squirrels in Paris, Dreamline, and Motivator. In fact Squirrels in Paris grabs your attention immediately and serves notice that this is a funky rock band. Now I know whey these guys are so popular in the Northeast; they can play.

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