When Chum played their first live date in December of 2010 on a rainy Tuesday night in North Beach, nobody in the band knew what to expect. Phish fans are notoriously difficult to please, Phish music is notoriously difficult to play and with the real band firmly back in touring mode, there were questions about whether people would come out to see anything but the actual band. As longtime Phish fans, Eric Schiff (guitar), Alex Bowman(drums), Colin Hoops (keys)and Chad Weiner (bass) knew that they would be excited to see a band playing Phish music at intimate venues and so they bet that there was a sizeable group of fans just like them.
To judge from that first show and subsequent shows around San Francisco, it's clear they were right. What started as three guys getting together just to see if they could ever make Stash sound anything like it ought to has turned into the Bay Area's only Phish Tribute Band. Even if there weren't a crowd around, Chum (a name the band chose to reflect their humble
approach to its mission),would still be playing every week in their studio, debating intricate parts, fine-tuning tone, and sweating out improvisational exercises in order to better understand how their musical heroes do what they do so well.
The great thing about CHUM is that they don't take themselves too seriously. It's a bunch of guys who love Phish and can play the hell out of so many songs we love. Who wouldn't want to walk in and hear a live, First Tube in a tiny bar!?, says Emilie Golenberg, host of Phish related blog This Week On Lot. The boys in Chum hope you'll agree and we look forward to seeing you at our next show.
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*THE HUMIDORS (opens)*
With a debut album scheduled for release this summer, The Humidors are gearing up for a big year. Whether they're playing hard-hitting funk, vintage R&B, greasy slow-burn soul, or up-tempo rock, this party ensemble is fully committed to the groove in all its shapes and forms. The band's musical fellowship began in 2010 when like-minded Bay Area musicians were brought together over a mutual love and passion for classic funk and soul. Taking their cues equally from ensembles such as Tower of Power, The J.B.s, The Headhunters, War, Santana, and other bearers of the groove torch, The Humidors won't rest until they have everyone on the dance floor bouncing.
This experienced band of troubadours is grounded in a foundation of chugging drums, bass guitar, and percussion, upon which guitar, organ/keys, and horns build an infectious polyrhythmic stew. Leading it off, vocalist Joe Carter completes the band with his soulful singing and infectious energy. Featuring a diverse catalog of both originals and covers, The Humidors have developed a sound that pulls from a melting pot of vintage and modern influences, and is rooted in a commitment to the amazing power of the Great Group Dynamic. Meaning, when they're all together on stage, don't be surprised if they Funk You To Death!
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