C-Dub, the Cornerstone To Any Nutritious Breakfast!
Two dollar Old Style tall boys were flowing heavily on Friday, December 14 at Knickerbockers in downtown Lincoln, NE. Cornerstone Dub(C-Dub), a local act, was set to hit the stage sometime during the night. Rumor was that they were supposed to be on at nine o’clock, but arriving at that time, I soon realized that was not the case. C-Dub was at the bar having drinks as their opener, the 5150’s from Omaha,were warming up.
Knickerbockers has become a staple in the music scene in Lincoln. The old wood-floored building has hosted several notable acts over the years and has helped Lincoln witness a small musical revival throughout the past few years. After promoters noticed that several bands were playing larger cities with no stops in between, they set out to get some of these acts in Lincoln, many of them at Knickerbockers. Some of the most recent acts to visit this stage include Hot Buttered Rum, Railroad Earth, Jah Roots, Particle, and Trampled By Turtles, to name a few.
On the other hand, several local acts frequent the venue, including Cornerstone Dub, a sort of rock/reggae/ska/everything-in-between act. Poor weather was to blame for a small crowd, but that didn’t keep several C-Dub regulars and a few randoms from showing up for the event. It was to be a quite intimate night for all involved.
C-Dub was formed in Lincoln in 2000 with Billy Eltiste on guitar and Ted Kastl slappin the bass. These two gentlemen had only one mission: to play good music, particularly in the live venue. They are joined by energetic drummer Shane Venhaus, Gary on percussion, and Tim on the trombone. C-Dub recently released a six song EP entitled Looking Back. They are also scheduled to release Dub Style Mood in early 2008. The band then plans on hitting the road for a coast-to-coast tour.
As mentioned earlier, the 5150’s opened up the evening at around 9:30pm. In all actuality, I was quite impressed by the amount of talent these guys had. I noticed this predominantly on guitar during an impressive version of “Hey Joe”. Interesting enough they even made a cover of Men at Work’s “Land Down Under” sound good. They finished up after about 45 minutes or so, and the Dub came on shortly thereafter.
The crowd had grown a bit larger, although still slightly scarce compared to earlier C-Dub shows that I have been to. This made me quite skeptical of how the atmosphere would be, as well as of how the band would react to this. They came out though and disproved all of these thoughts after just a short time. They are known locally for their lively shows and that was exactly how this one was going to be.
The one thing that I thought that was holding C-Dub back the previous time I saw them was the amount of covers that they played. A few covers here and there isn’t a bad thing, but not too many people, at least not many I know, want to go see cover bands all the time. With a six song EP out, and only a handful of other songs written by them, it always seemed that the set list was constantly consisting of the same songs in a different order, several of them being covers. This night, in contrast, consisted of several new songs by C-Dub, which I hope are on the new album. A few of the songs they have played for a while, but just haven’t recorded them. To my recollection, all of the content was original, but that doesn’t mean that there might not have been a few slipped in there. After not seeing C-Dub for a few months, this is what most impressed me about this act. I have always thought that they were an awesome band, but this is the only thing that I once thought was keeping these guys from moving in the right direction. I now no longer think that.
Overall, C-Dub has always been quite an impressive group that has always left you feeling good after the show. Hopefully, a tour promoting their new album will be enough to get them a good fanbase other places outside of the Nebraska area. I look forward to bringing everyone more information on C-Dub including their new album. Look for them on tour in early spring near you.
Toast Rating: 7.5/10 slices. If they’re near you, go see ’em. C-Dub is only gettin better!