Stick Men

July 30 • 20th Century Theater

Jul 22, 2013 at 3:40 pm

Stick Men is an all-star group of musicians that made their mark in the Prog Rock and Fusion music worlds. The band includes Tony Levin on bass, Pat Mastelotto on drums and Markus Reuter on guitar. But all is not as it seems.

At its height, Prog Rock pushed the boundaries of Rock music with Classical, Jazz and Ambient influences and expert musicianship. Eventually, the genre became too bloated and pretentious and fell out of favor to all but the most devoted fans. Out of the dust came artists whose talents were exceptional. That is the case with the trio of Levin, Mastelotto and Reuter, who collectively have added their chops to bands such as King Crimson, Peter Gabriel, David Bowie, XTC, Alice Cooper, John Paul Jones and more.

This group is about more than top-notch drumming and fret work, however, as musical instrument innovation is also in the mix. Reuters deploys a unique creation with the laptop-connected, looping-capable Touch Guitar, which he co-designed with luthier Ed Reynolds. Levin plays an invention that gives the group its name — he’s a master of the Chapman Stick, a wide fretboard bass with up to 12 strings that enables the artist to play multiple bass lines, chords and melodies at the same time.

STICK MEN play Tuesday, July 30 at 20th Century Theatre in Oakley. Buy tickets, check out performance times and get venue details here.