Garage A Trois @ One Eyed Jacks – 9/23/11

@ The Howlin' Wolf - 5/4/11 - Photo © Wesley Hodges

Review by Grant Thomas

Garage A Trois took the stage at One Eyed Jacks last night rockin’ matching gray Puma track suits, setting the tone for the full-fledged weirdness that would ensue. One of the music universe’s more intriguing collaborations, Garage a Trois meshes the musical stylings of four immensely talented musicians into something altogether unique, disruptive, and powerful. During the show, my buddy and I joked over PBRs that it would be impossible to label Garage A Trois’ sound without throwing ‘fusion’ on at the end for good measure, and a day later I’ve accepted the fact that it would be a disservice to put Garage a Trois into any specific category(ies). Blending elements of funk, jazz, rock, hip-hop, punk, metal, ska, and whatever they feel like exploring on a given night, Garage a Trois’s sound is truly one of a kind.

Perhaps the biggest reason for GAT’s genre-bending music is the fact that the quartet’s members hail from four totally different corner’s of the nation’s music scene. Here’s a quick run down of the current line-up:

Mike Dillon: percussionist from San-Antonio, TX. Has performed with more bands than I can list, a few notables are Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Les Claypool’s Fancy Band, and Ani DiFranco. Last night he also provided vocals for the hip-hop portions of the show, played the tin can, and absolutely murdered his xylophone.

Mike Dillon with Garage A Trois @ The Howlin' Wolf - 5/4/11- Photo © Jimmy Grotting

Marco Benevento: the man on the keys from Brooklyn. Like all GAT members, he’s collaborated with countless artists, including George Porter during a late night Jazz-fest show last year. I spent a lot of time focusing on his hands manipulating the keys with a mixture of ease and force. Dillon introduced him as “There’s Marco Benevento on the weed”.

Marco Benevento with Garage A Trois @ The Howlin' Wolf - 5/4/11 - Photo © Jimmy Grotting

Skerik: saxophonist and master of the uncomfortable facial expressions from Seattle, WA. A regular in all of Les Claypool’s projects, Skerik held down the center stage and informed the crowd that GAT’s album title, Always Be Happy But Stay Evil, was inspired by the musings of a ten year old.

Skerik @ The Howlin' Wolf - 5/4/11 - Photo by Jimmy Grotting

Stanton Moore: New Orleans’ head drummer, Stanton is the heart and soul of so many outfits (most notably Galactic), and Garage A Trois is no exception. The only GAT member originally from the NOLA area, Moore absolutely dominated his drum kit and went into some super funky jams with Dillon. I think his drummer’s stool was empty for the majority of the night as his pounding style makes him abandon the seat.

Stanton Moore with Galactic @ Jazz Fest - 5/5/11 - Photo © Jimmy Grotting

GAT kept the crowd bobbing last night, focusing mostly on material from their newest album and ripping through songs with titles like “Resentment Incubator” and “The Drum Department”. Things got really wild during the encore when the boys unleashed their take on “Immigrant Song”. Always a treat to see them, and I’ve been impressed by how steadily they’ve moved up the NOLA venue ladder, moving from DBA to OEJ. Maybe next go around they’ll take on Tip’s. If you missed them last night or are hungry for more, you can catch Dillon, Skerik, and bassist James Singleton and the Big Top on Sunday night.

For good measure, here’s a clip from the Megalomaniac’s Ball back in May, one of my favorite shows of 2011:

September 25, 2011 |  by  |  Reviews
About the author

Wesley grew up in coastal Georgia and is a former resident of The Music City and The Big Easy where he helped get LMB NOLA off-the-ground after launching in January 2011. Over the past few years, he has also contributed steadily to JamBase and Relix Magazine. Recently, Hodges moved on to L.A. where Abita Beer is hard to find, costs about $6 if located and impromptu parading in the streets will most likely get you arrested on the spot.

 
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