A pair of progressive, improv-minded grassroots groups from the Western U.S. have teamed up for a nationwide tour and, as their “Jam band” credentials and the members’ friendships would suggest, a collaborative spark was ignited right off of the bat, leading to some one-of-a-kind onstage sessions featuring members of both ensembles throughout the jaunt.
This Saturday (Feb. 2) you can experience it in person as the tour comes to Covington's Octave (see show info below).
Magic Beans hail from the Denver area and have been building their following with a sound (as heard recently on their latest album, Casino Cabaret) that borrows liberally from genres ranging from Funk and Rock to Electronic, Americana and World music. Kitchen Dwellers, meanwhile, come straight outta Bozeman, Montana and trend toward the psychedelic Bluegrass/Newgrass side of things (they call it “Galaxy Grass”).
To close out the shows on the on-the-rise bands’ current tour that kicked off Jan. 12, all of the musicians (who’ve repeatedly crossed paths touring and have known each other for about five years) have been gathering onstage for a “Magic Dwellers/Kitchen Beans encore,” recordings from which have been posted at soundcloud.com/kitchen-dwellers. The cross-pollination has resulted in several covers that encapsulate the musical spectrum of influence behind both Rocky Mountain groups’ music, ranging from the Stanley Brothers/Clinch Mountain Boys tune “How Mountain Girls Can Love” to Ginuwine’s “Pony."
9 p.m. Saturday. $12; $15 day of show. Octave, 611 Madison Ave., Covington, theoctavebar.com.