Since its conception in the winter of 2017, The Crowles began its evolution with Conley Jones and Nick Hurston jamming in what has become affectionately known as the Ritual Room, a large studio formerly occupied by the Oddfellows of Staunton, Virginia, in the 19th century. Over the following months, the addition of Stephen Ruiz and Jon Fuller would turn it into the four-man band it is today, comprised of guitar, bass, keys, and drums. As a single band, they are proficient in multiple genres of music and adopt different identities depending on the style of their original projects.
CONLEY RAY JONES – GUITAR/LEAD VOCALS – Born in Ft. Worth TX, Conley has been singing since the very beginning. Raised on southern gospel, soul, blues, and country, he began playing guitar at age 13 and channeled these styles as his own. Famous guitarists such as Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan influenced his musical development, nurturing a love for rock and roll, soul, and blues from the ‘50s and ‘60s. With an audio engineering career spanning two decades, Conley has also become fond of spooky ‘80s darkwave and even synth pop. taking some of those styles and implementing them into his original work, he wrote his first song at the age of 16 and fell in love with not just music but also its creation, and he hasn’t stopped since. Conley writes and produces his music projects under the pseudonym Doctor Laveau.
NICK HURSTON – BASS/VOCALS – Another Texas native, Nick was born in Corpus Christi but spent most of his childhood on Virginia’s peninsula. In those early years, he was exposed to classic rock, ‘80s pop, and some country over the radio, and played the French horn through grade school (but only because he couldn’t figure out how to make a saxophone work in band class). Years later in the winter of ’98, Nick found himself stranded and carless on college break and decided to pick up the guitar. It wasn’t long before his skills were honed, and influences such as Zeppelin, Prince, Muse, Jeff Buckley, and Talking Heads truly began to make their mark.
STEPHEN RUIZ – KEYS/VOCALS – Born in Charlottesville, Virginia, Stephen began playing keys and singing at the age of four when his mother enrolled him into a children’s music class. Growing up, he was raised and trained classically, his first musical influences being composers such as Bach, Tchaikovsky, and Copland, with elements of orchestral jazz, swing, and opera. It wasn’t until age 10 that he was exposed to rock, pop, and blues, quickly gravitating him towards the styles of Billy Joel, Elton John, and The Beatles. He has infused these styles into his own music since writing his first song at age 12.
JON FULLER – DRUMS – Jon was born in Miami, Florida, but grew up just outside of Baltimore, Maryland. While greatly influenced by The Doors, John Bonham, Dave Grohl, and even Mozart, his first exposure to music came in the form of gospel and bluegrass. First taking up his drumsticks at age 19, it wasn’t long before he was keeping time to the styles he was raised on as well as soul and funk. During the height of American military operations in the Middle East, Jon put his musical talents to positive use by participating in two government-sponsored tours with the USO bringing music to the troops.
Retro funk mob Midnight Spaghetti & The Chocolate G-Strings has been satisfying discriminating dancers with monster grooves since January 2003. Their blend of classic funk, conscious frenetic rap, a killer horn section, and a contagious enthusiasm for life left people wondering what planet they came from, but more importantly, how they could get on that mothership.
Keeping the old school party vibe of Digital Underground and Trouble Funk alive, Midnight Spaghetti takes the beat and runs with it in progressive directions. There are definite similarities to the contemporary genre-bending hip hop group Ozomatli, as well as the ruckus attitude of the early Red Hot Chili Peppers, but listen closely to the lyrics and you'll find the brainy humor to be reminiscent of Frank Zappa.
Getting their start at university house parties, Midnight Spaghetti has developed into an important player in the Mid-Atlantic music scene. Their yearly charitable music festival, Spaghettifest, brings together dozens of local, regional, and national bands (including DIGITAL UNDERGROUND, MIKE DOUGHTY, PETE FRANCIS OF DISPATCH, ZACH DEPUTY, SCRATCH of THE ROOTS, Freekbass, The Afromotive, The Pietasters, The Blue Method, DJ Williams Projekt, Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root, The Recipe, and The Big Wu ) to celebrate for one wild weekend in the woods. Then there are the field trips: COSTA RICA GETAWAYS, week-long road trips with fans while touring through Canada, 24-hour power vacations along the coasts of North Carolina, you get the idea. It's the kind of thing that only a freewheeling independent band could do.
As these funkadelic travellers turn their attention to the recording studio, that same kind of full monty attitude shines through. Velour On The Floor is thick and engaging. Recorded in Midnight Spaghetti's home studio, it features a full orchestration of horns, organ, thumping bass, hand percussion, beer bottles, and the occasional orgasm. If you're looking for the latest doctored beat flavor-of-the-week, you're not going to find it here, only some raw dogs laying it down. The styles here are wide ranging, from Latin polyrythyms to jazz rock to soul R&B, but it all stays distinctly danceable, live, and definitely their own.
Second Draw first began to play together in 2005, collecting new musicians and influences throughout the years. Core members, Shannon Williams (banjoist/composer); Jeff Luross (accordion and keys); and bassist Jim Keathley began playing together in 2005 and quickly realized their common desire to detour from the traditional bluegrass sound to a more acoustic rock-based sound. Mandolin player and composer, Rob Frayser, joined the group in late 2007, cementing the group’s direction toward a more Americana/jam band-based music. The group added drummer, Craig Dougald, and electric guitarist, Aaron Evans just before release of their first CD titled “White Dog” in late 2010. Collectively, the members sharpened their unique sound of what they call “Blue Jam Music”, a sub-genre of Americana which infuses acoustic rock, bluegrass, and electric jam music to attract music listeners across the genres and generations.
“White Dog”, named from the term old-timers use for the first run off the whiskey still, stands as a raw distillation of each musicians varied musical influences, while “Last Draw”, the band’s most recent album released in 2017, is more refined, a testament to the way the group has grown into their unique sound. Like a fine whisky, Second Draw plays songs that go down like water and warm your soul with melody, raw harmony, and honest lyrics, but with a definite rock edge that will get your feet moving. Shannon points out that the band’s name relates to the fact that most folks, after taking a first pull of the band’s unique Blue Jam sound, end up coming back for a longer more satisfying “Second Draw”.
As written by Scott, "My 16 year old son Dylan was airlifted On Saturday to Anschutz Children's Medical Hospital in Denver where he was admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit and diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) and acute respiratory failure. GBS causes the body to attack its own nervous system causing paralysis. Dylan was unable to move his limbs, speak or even breath on his own. We don't know how long his recovery will take but he seems to be improving faster than anticipated. Last night he removed his own breathing tube and is now breathing on his own! He is able to move his arms and speak but is obviously quite sore and tired. It will be a fairly long process but he is expected to make a full recovery. The facilities and staff at University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus are amazing! He has insurance but out of pocket costs will be in the thousands and there will be a long process of physical therapy"
Several bands have already committed to helping support this day...The Judy Chops, Thomas Jefferson Airplane, Sarah Lynna, Lucid Fog, and The Crowles...and maybe some special guests
Tickets will be on sale, at the door for $15 per person. We will also take donations at the restaurant beginning immediately. You can leave your information or just make an anonymous donation - completely up to you
I know Scott has been a friend to many. Let's take this opportunity to help his family.
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The RoadDucks come to The Clocktower to celebrate Augusta Military Academy class of 1969