WANT TO GO?
Another RoadSide Attraction
WHERE: The Boulevard Tavern, 806 Kanawha Blvd.
WHEN: 10 p.m. Saturday
INFO: 304-205-7951 or www.theboulevardtavernwv.comCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Another RoadSide Attraction prefers to let other people describe its sound. The six-piece band rolls into The Boulevard Tavern with around 25 instruments Saturday for a show starting at 10 p.m.
"We have a hard enough time describing what we sound like anyway, so we usually rely on what other people say," said vocalist Jordan Rivers.
Rivers is listed on the band's page on the music website ReverbNation as playing the big-bodied, 6-string Latin bass that mariachi bands use called the guitarron, plus the guitar, musical saw, mandolin, kazoo, accordion, a box of wrenches...
The ellipsis at the end of that description is revealing as it leaves out a few other impressive things, like "the clockworks," a homemade percussion kit Rivers helped concoct.
Among other instruments the band wields on stage are the accordion, spoons, mouth trumpet, viola, ukulele, kazoos, tenor banjo, washboard and the mouth organ known as a melodica.
They are all acoustically powered instruments, played into microphones if it's a club gig like at the Tavern, 806 Kanawha Blvd. Or they're played straight into the air if the band is on the street or under a tree busking for dollars, as they hope to be Saturday at the Vandalia Gathering on the Capitol Complex lawn.
Despite the multifarious instruments, loading into a club is a charm, said Rivers. "It's easier than being an electric band where you have to haul all the amplification. This is the kind of music that can go on after the lights go out. As long as there are candles around."