Smart Bet web extra: Claude Coleman Jr. and Mountain Pass

Smart Bet web extra: Claude Coleman Jr. and Mountain Pass-attachment0

There’s this reddit post from last year where Claude Coleman Jr., the drummer of Ween, as part of a promotional effort for an Indiegogo campaign, opened up the thread to questions and comments. The top-rated comment came from someone who recounted a story where he wandered into a bar to escape a family reunion. When he tried to take care of his bill, “the bartender told me someone paid my tab because of my shirt (old old Ween shirt).”

Turns out it was Claude Coleman Jr. who paid it forward. Apparently, he’s really cool like that. And, though he probably won’t be covering bar tabs this week, he will be in Asheville and he will be playing. In a bar. The Emerald Lounge, to be exact.

That’s right. Claude Coleman Jr. from Ween (or CCJFW as his local friends like to refer to him) will be sitting in with new collective Mountain Pass. That group includes Andre Cholmondeley (Project Object, Wham Bam Bowie Band), Brett Spivey (Wham Bam Bowie Band), Dave Gilbert (Amandla) and Josh Rosenstein (Delicious). They promise to perform assorted originals along with covers of Ween, Zeppelin, Zappa, The Police, Hendrix and more.

Of the show, and his time in WNC, CCJFW recently posted on Facebook, “Yes yes yes – In lovely Asheville, NC! Getting deep with mixing the new amandla record up by Woodfin, Elk Mountain. While in the area I couldn’t resist a chance for some heavy jams with old friend Andre Cholmondeley, amandla guitarist Dave Gilbert, and bassist Brett Spivey, and to kick it for a night in town, in keeping with my ethic of the past 7 months — I only step away from the studio to go out and ROCK.”

Live webcast on iamavl. Doors at 8:30 p.m., $5.

Photo from Claude Coleman Jr.‘s Facebook page

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts writer and editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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