| Who: Soulbender,
down holly, Happenstance
When: 9 p.m. today
Where: Luna Park Grille,
On the last Thursday of every month, Luna
Park Grille opens its stage to new and developing area bands. The Band Jam is hosted by
Soulbender, a musical trio that carts its own P.A., amps and such to the restaurant and
shares it with the other acts. The noncompetitive atmosphere allows performers and fans to
chill, network, play and listen. With three bands, no cover and a full bar and menu, the
Band Jam is a nice place to hang.
Soulbender usually plays first, running a
gamut of tunes from blues and country to jazz. The trio features Andy Douglas on drums,
Maria "Pete" (a childhood nickname) Durgan on bass and vocals and Wayne Durgan,
Maria's husband of 24 years, on guitar and vocals. All three have experience as solo acts
or with other groups.
Wayne Durgan, for example, plays in the
Beach Boys tribute band Still Surfin', while one of Maria Durgan's original songs was
chosen by The Washington Post's mp3 site as an "Editor's Pick" in May.
On the same site, the music of the
Arlington-based quartet down holly is described as "guitar and groove-heavy,
hook-rich power crunch pop." Down holly's "Japanese Bonus Track" EP is its
first as a band, but the members have 17 recordings among them.
Bassist Lee Solomon has recorded with
various outfits since establishing himself in the early '90s with Virginia-based heavy
rockers Lovebuzz (a k a Soul Driver). Drummer John Cunningham has played everything from
hard rock to jazz, most recently in local acts Idiotstick, King Crush and General So.
Singer-guitarist Will Roberts has toured
the Northeast as frontman for Idiotstick and Anything Jones. Guitarist Ted Morgan recorded
in the early '90s with noise rock ensemble Crungehouse and more recently with
Colorado-based funk-jazz project Rhythm Child.
Down holly's guitar-fueled rock has been
likened to Weezer, Jimmy Eat World and Foo Fighters. Make your own comparisons by checking
out samples on the band's Web site www.downholly.com.
The third act on the Luna Park menu tonight
is Happenstance, celebrating the recent release of the four-track studio CD,
"Sketches and Chords." You can listen to samples from this, and the band's prior
live CD (featuring a cover of Fuel's hit, "Bad Day") at www.happenstance.info. Among the band's own
selling points for the new CD: "It's shiny!" and "Guaranteed to be 100%
-- Marianne Meyer
Luna Park Grille is at 5866 Washington
Blvd., in Arlington, one-third of a mile from the East Falls Church Metro. There is no
cover charge. For more information, call 703-237-LUNA (5862) or visit lunaparkgrille.com. For more information on the jam,
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