The Suspect: Taylor Moore
Taylor Moore has found a mentor and admirer in Edwin McCain (Moore has opened for McCain at the Orange Peel.) McCain says, “I want to see myself in him … but I could never play electric guitar like Taylor. I have promised myself not to hover over him like a big brother, but I can’t help but be proud of his musical future.” Moore’s music is Stevie Ray Vaughan-ish with a Caribbean influence (he lived in the Virgin Islands for a while) and he describes his vocal style as “Ray LaMontagne meets Rod Stewart.” Come on — that has to make you at least a little curious.
Can Be Found: The Grey Eagle, Thursday, Jan. 27
RIYD (Recommended if You Dig): Edwin McCain, Mike Corrado.
You Should Go If: You hold your elementary school record for most consecutive talent show wins; taking and retaking every personality test you can get your hands on has a soothing effect on you; you prefer looking orange-y to looking pasty; you earn a respectable second income … by playing online poker for at least eight hours a day.
The Suspect: The Breakfast Club
These guys call themselves “America’s Premier ‘80s Tribute Band,” and they’ve performed before millions of people, including “…rock stars, movie stars (and) some of America’s top corporations.” You could be next! The band’s repertoire spans the entire decade; Journey, Eurythmics, Bryan Adams, Soft Cell, Michael Jackson and, of course, songs from Footloose are all on the playlist.
Can Be Found: The Orange Peel, Friday, Jan. 28.
RIYD: Popular ‘80s music.
You Should Go If: You actually do know what it sounds like when doves cry; there is a Betamax sex tape of you floating around somewhere; your pants usually have more than one zipper; you earn a respectable second income … buying and selling vintage Members Only jackets on eBay.
The Suspect: Oteil Burbridge
This Grammy-nominated bass player was a founding member of Aquarium Rescue Unit, and his career expanded beyond the realm of the jam band scene when he replaced Allen Woody in the Allman Brothers Band. He’s played on releases by Trey Anastasio, Victor Wooten and Jon Fishman, and he’s put out three of his own discs as the leader of Oteil and the Peacemakers.
Can Be Found: Highland Brewery Tasting Room, Saturday Jan. 29.
RIYD: Allan Holdsworth, Steely Dan, Jam/Jazz fusion.
You Should Go If: You have trouble distinguishing between actual and rhetorical questions; because of all the pain and suffering in the world you see it as your duty to be twice as happy as the average person; the word “journey” is part of your everyday vocabulary; you earn a respectable second income … subletting your apartment and living out of your van.
The Suspect: Papadosio
“Jamtronica is a heaving musical storm right now, and as far as I’m concerned, Papadosio is squarely in the eye of that storm,” raved a Chicago Jam Scene blog after catching the band’s performance in Wicker Park. Originally from Athens, Ohio, this five-man band now calls Asheville home. Papadosio’s M.O. is improvisation and harmonizing as they move from rock/house to jazz/hop to dub/breaks in all sorts of surprising combinations.
Can Be Found: Stella Blue, Saturday, Jan. 29
RIYD: Big Gigantic, Mimosa.
You Should Go If: You like to ask people if you can feel their face even though you have perfect vision; you like to answer a question with another question; you want to be the first person in Asheville to have a baby born under the sign of Ophiuchus;
you earn a respectable second income … by selling your body fluids as early and often as you possible can.