Here’s another Throw Back Thursday post! This one was originally posted on 05/13/2010 over at BOT. Check out Andy Frasco when you get a chance. His music has evolved quite a bit since the first time I heard him:
Words and photos by B “Cafe Con Leche” Gutierrez
Andy Frasco and his band spent the weekend pouring their hearts out all over Dickson Street in Fayetteville, AR. Three nights, three shows, and a whole lotta soul. I decided to attend the Saturday show at Rogue after catching his warm up session at The Smoke & Barrel Tavern the previous evening, and I’m so glad I did. I had so much fun even when the show was out in the patio and the night was cold due to a cold front that rolled into town along with Frasco and the band. His piano weaves new blues rhythms in a way it makes you comfortable. No matter how cold the night is, you’d be fine as long as the music lasts.
But in case you haven’t heard of Andy Frasco before, let me tell you a little about him. He’s a 22-year-old, independent artist from suburban L.A. who’s traveling to inspire others to follow their love of music and take charge of their career. He wants to share his passion, his knowledge of the business and his stage. He started working in the music industry at 16 and then started playing the piano four years ago. He collaborates with other artists he meets on the road. Like that night at Rogue, he had invited Adam Becker, of Groovement, to play the organ. Groovement is a Fayetteville funk band and they played that night right after Frasco. Another guest performer at that show was rapper Rob Warner, who added a welcomed twist to the night.
He’s currently touring with his band mates Matt Romero (bass), Earnie Chang (saxophone), R Bizzy (drums) and Josh Griebel (guitar). All of them dancing around the stage along with Andy’s Afro. You never know what song is going to make him get up from the chair, kick his shoes off and start dancing.
If you catch them on the road this year, you will most likely hear the songs “Ramble Baby Ramble” and “Devil and His Drones.” Great, catchy tunes that will get you dancing, or at least moving around – depending on your abilities. But I have to tell you, when they start to play a ballad you should stop and listen. It might just be the song that has really stuck with me, “Dance Those Blues Away.” A story about hard, lonely times and a man trying to live through them. Such lovely melody!
You see, I enjoyed it so much that I went by George’s on Sunday night where he had his final show in Fayetteville. I couldn’t stay for the whole show at George’s, but I got enough good vibes to last me through the week. I’ll keep Andy Frasco on the radar, because with 250 shows in the year, I might see him around Fayetteville again.