Everyone Orchestra with Rugby Road at Ardmore Music Hall
Plan to Improvise. And that's just what they did....About once a year the ever-rotating lineup of Everyone Orchestra comes to town, conducted by Matt Butler and this time featuring Steve Kimock on guitar, String Cheese Incident's Jason Hann on drums, Zach Deputy on guitar & vocals, Piano virtuoso Holly Bowling on the keys, Tim Carbone of Railroad Earth on the fiddle, Andrew Altman of Railroad Earth on bass and Mike Quinn on saxophone. A usual sight, with Matt Butler revving the rest of the crew up in his usual top hat and white coat leading the gang of troubadours through key changes and improvisational exploration all while engaging the crowd and having a hell of a good time on stage doing it. The energy tends to build up with their sets and Saturday night in Ardmore was not exception.
This was the third show with this lineup which seemed well balanced by Mike Quinn and Holly Bowling literally and physically book-ending the stage. The multi-talented Zach Deputy stepped up several times throughout night engaging the crowd through Butler's lead with call-and-response lyrics; crowd interaction is always a fun element that comes with EO shows. With this being the last night of the run, Everyone Orchestra takes a short 10 day break and gets back on the road on May 11th, hitting Burlington, Buffalo, and Syracuse with an all new mix of musicians: Vinnie Amico (Moe.), Chris Houser (The Werks), Chuck Jones (Dopapod), Josh Clark (Tea Leaf Green), Jans Ingber (formerly The Motet), Sarah Clarke (Dirty Revival), Asher Fulero (Emancipator Ensemble). Then the cast will shuffle just a bit finishing off the tour on the west coast in Portland, Bellingham, and Seattle Washington. Everyone Orchestra will be making summer festival appearances at Summer Camp Festival, Electric Forrest, and Tumble Down Festival. For more info: http://everyoneorchestra.com/#tour
Philly's own Rugby Road started off the night with original music recently released on their latest EP, Rugby Road III. Dipping in and out of compositions that seemed to leave ample room for improvising and taking some time to jam these songs out. After listening to the EP I was looking forward to hearing them take some of theses tunes for a walk. Veterans to the Philly music scene, this tight-knit squad has rubbed elbows and jammed with many well-known acts along their path while here in Philly including The Allman Brothers Band, Phish, Maceo Parker, Bill Kreutzmann and Peter Frampton. Something tells me we'll be seeing a lot more of this bubbling power trio.You can give a listen to and purchase Rugby Road III here.