Friday, January 13, 2012

Wadata jams on the Meters and more

The local funk/fusion project welcomes all-stars

Posted by T. Ballard Lesemann on Fri, Jan 13, 2012 at 10:30 AM

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Funk/fusion combo Wadata is something of an all-star Charleston project with members from various bands in the area. The band got rolling last year with of Mike Quinn on saxophone, Ross Bogan on keys, Dave Grimm on guitar, Matt Thompson on bass, and Adam Williams on drums. On Tues. Jan. 17, they host an elaborate jam session designed to pay tribute to influential New Orleans funk band the Meters.

“As devout Meters fanatics, we decided to do it right and devote a night to the original funkticians,” says sax man Quinn. “The first set will be us doing mostly instrumental Meters covers, and the second set will be much more vocal heavy — all Meters tunes, each song featuring a special guest.”

Guests musicians at the show include drummer/bassist Steven Sandifer of Dangermuffin, singer/guitarists Caleb Bodtorf and Young-Mi Feldscott of Old You, guitarists Tom Leonscyk and William Moore of Weigh Station, drummer Stuart White and pianist Gerald Gregory of Faces For Radio, and vocalist Chris Hyatt, among others.

“Once the weather warms up, we also plan on doing the Meters thing weekly on the deck, making it a regular Pour House feature,” Quinn says. “I will be organizing what we’re calling the PoHo Family Jam, too. It is basically a big jam session for the all the Pour House regulars with huge amounts of awesome music, ranging from Dead covers to soul originals — from funk to bluegrass. It’s a pretty awesome thing — a big community of local all-stars.”

Look for Wadata at Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ on Sullivan's Island on Fri. Jan. 20. The first PoHo Family Jam is in the works (tentatively) for the first week of February. Check out for more.

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