The other night, after a fine showing by Todd Snider and the boys in Great American Taxi at Warehouse Live (that Bacon will be telling you all about soon!), we scooted our way through downtown and into the Heights to catch a set from electro-looping/live drum duo EOTO
at our second home, Fitzgerald’s
. Composed of Michael Travis and Jason Hann, the percussion section of jam titans The String Cheese Incident, the duo completely improvise every single set right down to the very last note. When I first started seeing EOTO back in 2007 I was intrigued by what was coming out of the duo, but soon enough I found myself really into what they were doing, and now they they have completely blown me away with every performance. Now, with about twenty shows under my belt (they are one of the bands I’ve seen most just by pure coincidence), it amazes me how much the group has grown in their 5 years on the road. I’ve never really been a fan of their studio work, mainly because the awe factor comes from seeing them make their magic on stage and getting your groove along too it. Their music is nothing like the bluegrass, rock and jam that String Cheese is known for, they actually lean towards more popular electronic genres such as House and Dubstep. Their fanbase remains the same, though, with Houston’s entire wookie population in full force smoking out the place. I love when jambands come to Houston (which seems to be becoming much more rare these days) mainly because it’s a return to my roots. I miss the people that surround the scene, and the scene itself. It’s so much different walking into a mess of indie scenesters than it is into a hoopla of hippies. It doesn’t matter who you are, what you look like, how you dress, what you smell like, who you’re with, what you do or why you are there; the hippies will always welcome you with open arms. This show once again proved that. Come back EOTO, you know you’re welcome at any time.
If you like a whole bunch of color in you photographs, check out more shots of the show after the jump