PETE PIDGEON | 03.19.02 | LIZARD...
PETE PIDGEON | 03.19.02 | LIZARD LOUNGE
by Jon Heinrich
JamBase.com | East Coast
Published on 3/27/2002
The air was crisp outside the Lizard Lounge last Tuesday night, but it would serve as perfect contrast to the rouge groove inside. The soft flair of red velvet curtains blanketed my senses as Pete Pidgeon and Arcoda, headlined a collaboration of Boston musicians to welcome the first official day of spring.
Collaboration was the theme of the night and it got going strong as Mystery Mullet Circus took the stage as the opening act. This freestyle jazz act comprised of Jonti Siman (bass) from Fat Mama, Jared Sims (saxophone) and Bill Cabone (drums) from Miracle Orchestra and Eric Hoffbauer (guitar). They warmed the stage early with fluttering guitar, countering bass groove and deep, dark blues.
Next, Arcoda took the stage with Pete Pidgeon (guitar and vocals), Adam Beamer (keyboard), Lojas Incze (upright bass) and special guest collaborators Andrew Keith (drums) from Addison Groove Project and Jon Hawes (electric bass), formerly of Moon Boot Lover and Percy Hill. Smooth, clean, happy melodies permeated the air and left a look of bliss on the bobbing faces of the audience. The mix of talent peaked when both bass players, joined by Jared Sims, dueled it out in ôThank Youö for a wailing jam. But the jam was just the beginning.
Ideally, Arcoda would not like to be in the ôjambandö category although it seems to be inevitable. In the current explosion of bands, the term seems to envelope any and all improvising musicians, however firmly established in their own genre.
The song writing style of Pete Pidgeon and Arcoda can be characterized as exactly that - songwriting. ôThere are so many bands now that just get up there and jam for 15 minutes on two chords, and theyÆre good at it, but something has to