Monday, May 16, 2011

Instrumental trio's cd release show Tuesday

Charlotte instrumental trio Bunky Moon celebrates the release of its new disc, "Schtuff We Like," Tuesday, May 17 at Evening Muse (3227 N. Davidson St.). If you dig classic rock but hunger for a new approach, Bunky Moon tackles its covers with equal portions gusto and invention. It doesn't chase the usual suspects either. For every "Maybe I'm Amazed" there are several deep cuts or rarely covered tracks like Pink Floyd's "Fat Old Sun," King Crimson's "Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part Two," and The Who's "Boris the Spider."

Its originals range from bluesy to trippy to jazzy. Bassist Ron Brendle's "Hypermobility" is particularly fun. The group consists of established area musicians Brendle, Chris Garges (drums), and Troy Conn (guitar). Brendle is a jazz bass instructor at Appalachian State University and has performed with Mose Allison and Loonis McGlohon, among others. He lends a bit of jazz flair and plunky upright bass to songs that didn't originally have either.

Garges is familiar for his work at Old House Recording Studio in Gastonia. He has recorded or recorded with Sunshone Still, Belmont Playboys, Don Dixon, Oteil Burbridge, and General Johnson and tours with the Public Good and Mitch Easter.

Conn is a guitar instructor at Providence Day School and Pfeiffer University who has performed with acts as varied as singer-songwriter Jeremy Current to the Charlotte Symphony and Opera Carolina.

If you're a classic rock fan don't let the word "instrumental" or threat of "jazz improvisation" scare you away (I say that because plenty of people ask my husband why his own instrumental, often improvisational trio doesn't have a singer and seem confounded by the idea of not having one). Bunky Moon is still very much rooted in heavy, bluesy rock n' roll.

8 p.m. Tickets are $10-$12. 704-376-3737. If you miss Tuesday's show the trio will play drumSTRONG in Waxhaw, May 22.

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