One of New York's most talented jambands, Licorice, featuring David Lott (guitar), Matt Epstein (bass), Chad Dinzes (keyboards) and Josh Bloom (drums), have found themselves at home at venues as crunchy as the City's Lion's Den and as staid as the legendary Blue Note Jazz Club. Named October 2005's "New Groove of the Month" by Relix Magazine, fans have sought out Licorice to get a taste of this jazzy, improvisational quartet. Highlighting any Licorice show is their ability to jam in unison, with no one taking the opportunity to sit back and let the others carry their weight. Throughout any performance, everyone on stage will be doing something meriting attention: whether it be Dinzes turning his hands into a blur on the keyboards; Lott running through an intricate guitar riff; Epstein relentlessly churning out a funky rhythm or Bloom slipping in some jazzy drumming. In lesser hands, the result could be auditory chaos. In Licorice's hands, the result is an exciting jazz, avant-garde, funk and rock concoction.
Anyone coming by The Baggot Inn in New York City's West Village for Thursday's Happy Hour has come across The Seven Eleven Project. Slowly becoming an early evening fixture, the Project comprised of Licorice guitarist David Lott, 5th of July lead singer Sabriena Stone and longtime collaborator, guitarist Michael "Skitz" Fitzpatrick, offer a delightful mix of acoustic originals, guitar-heavy jams and an occasional eighties chestnut. The trio have known each other for years and their joy of playing together comes through in their music.
Both Licorice & the 7/11 Project will appear this Thursday, August 10th at Sin-E in NYC as part of Earvolution's Summer Jam 2006. Some tickets remain and are available here.