There’s no better feeling than getting down and groovy with some live music in the summer time. Whether you’re a long time dead head, a Phish fanatic or just getting into the jam band music scene, Twiddle is up and coming on the front and center of the feel-good funk of the music scene. If you haven’t heard them yet, it’s time to put on some headphones and get ready to rock.
The band was formed in 2004 in Vermont by two normal dudes who just wanted to make some music. Original members Mihali Savoulidis and Ryan Dempsey met at Castleton State College, later picking up Brook Jordan, who was a grade younger, and finally Zdenek Gubb taking to place of the bands first bassist in 2007. Savoulidis is lead vocalist and guitarist, while we have Dempsey on vocals, keyboard, organ and synth, Jordan on vocals and drums, and finally Gubb on vocals and bass.
Each player brings a special something to the table, resulting in a stage covered in a rhythmic spice and tangy tones. They incorporate aspects of rock, jazz, bluegrass, funk and reggae into their music, while also digging into the depths of their own original flow.
Savoulidis is known for his shredding guitar style and the energy he brings to the stage, allowing for a real connection between band and audience. On the keys, Dempsey is said to show influence of the famous Herbie Hancock, but also finds it in his own style to express a light forest fairy feel as his fingers flood across the keys. Jordan magically holds the whole group together by creating just the right bounce or breakdown in verses, solos and transitory periods throughout the music, while Gubb’s unstoppable bassist force and stage presence blends right into the group like butter on bread.
The band’s newest album, PLUMP: Chapter Two, that recently came out in late April of 2017, is already a great success. Some of the groups other top songs include, “When It Rains It Pours,” “Jamflowman,” “Daydream Farmer,” and a personal favorite, “Beethoven and Greene”.
The group will be making a small tour this summer, starting out in Scranton, Pennsylvania, beginning this Thursday July 13th, and continuing through New York, Vermont, Colorado and Connecticut. So if you’re in the area, stop by and show them some love! I guarantee they’ll give some back in return.