When it comes to roots-rockin’, jam-friendly Americana bands, two is better than one, right?
If you live in Central Oregon, I assume you just thought-shouted “RIGHT!" Because our region really goes for that kind of thing.
Anyway, we’re in luck tonight. The Domino Room is hosting not one but two roots-rockin’, jam-friendly Americana bands that locals should be familiar with: Poor Man’s Whiskey and Great American Taxi.
Both have played here many times over the years, to enthusiastic and growing crowds. And whoever played matchmaker and put these two acts together on an 11-date tour of mostly groovy hippie towns between the Bay Area and Portland knew what they were doing. Both bands live in the nebulous jam-band universe, but they share traits that make them ideal co-headliners.
Great American Taxi is a Colorado-based combo capable of impressive musical shapeshifting and helmed by Leftover Salmon founder Vince Herman. The Taxi works from a country-rock base, but has no problem shifting into bluegrass, or incorporating reggae, Cajun or jazz influences, all while pouring on the high-energy party fuel.
Speaking of which, San Francisco’s Poor Man’s Whiskey is known for its raucous live show. PMW keeps things a little grassier, generally, than the Taxi, but they also know how to crank it up when the lights come on, as evidenced by their renowned Pink Floyd tribute shows.
For proof of the two bands’ compatibility, check the Taxi website: “Each ... will play a full 90 minute set and collaboration between the two acts is a certainty given their collective histories."
Great American Taxi and Poor Man’s Whiskey; 8 tonight; $12 plus fees in advance at the website below or Ranch Records (541-389-6116) in Bend, $15 at the door; Domino Room, 51 N.W. Greenwood Ave., Bend; www.j.mp/gatpmw.