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Eclipse


Many Eastsiders may not have heard of Eclipse yet, predominately playing downtown and Clifton this fusion jam band is getting serious praise (and press) from everyone that sees them. It’s no wonder why... this band is unlike any other around. The tastes and flavors virtually circle the globe in variety and influence. They get described in lengthy sentences littered with words like: rock, funk, jazz, hip hop, fusion and even musical geniuses. Everyone’s trying to put them into words but that’s no easy task. You just have to see it to believe it.

I’m no Pulitzer prize winner writer but I think I can get your mind right by suggesting you imagine for a minute... Django Reinhardt on guitar, The Mighty Mighty Boss Tone’s horn section, Herbie Hancock on keyboard, Stanley Clarke on bass, Neil Peart on drums, Santanna’s percussion players and Wyclef Jean and Kayne West on vocals. Well if you can get that mix jammin’ in your brain then your on the right track. Wait don’t drift off on this imaginary jam just yet... I forgot to mention the Middle Eastern melodies laced with a Latino flavor. Think big band salsa rap and now your really getting somewhere. Like I said you have to see it to believe it.

All the musicians are pros to say the least, in fact most have degrees in music from the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. The core band is made up of founder and band leader Brian Batchelor-Glader (aka BBG) on keys; Max Gise on electric and acoustic guitars; Aaron Jacobs on bass; Phillip Tipton on drums; Jibri and Daddie Rich on vocals, not to mention a three piece rotating horn section. Wow!
Together they create a sense of “international mind travel” as they effortlessly sweep you from one part of the globe to another. First you might find yourself at an Indian Diwali on the Ganges then, you’ll be sweating to the intoxicating sounds of south of the border salsa, next, a grand ballroom with a big band, all the while being navigated by Harlem Hip hop. Sounds like a trip you won’t soon forget huh? It is.

Eclipse is simply first string players strung out on a musical concoction of ground breaking proportions. Do I have to tell you your not going to want to miss out on this years Doodle?
As if Eclipse wasn’t enough reason to go how about Mike Perkins, Rumpke Mountain boys, The Werks, Rusty Van Band, The Ohms, Revival, Conrail Saints, The Newbees, Headband, Easy, Mr. Creeper, Working Class Villian, The Goods, The Tad Casters, The Kickdowns, Sidewinder, Little Miami String Band and more! There will be food, games, fire shows, drum circles and of course camping (after you see this party you won’t even consider driving home) besides, the party goes all night and day so maybe you get there at noon or midnight it really won’t matter. Just make certain you get there before eclipse takes the stage. Check out www.myspace.com/wangdangdoodlefestival for more info. Plus check out our site to see live video of Eclipse for a preview of this phenomenal band. To see more on Eclipse go to www.fmgentertainment.com

 

 

 

 

 

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