Springdale Quartet feat. Pete Wall & Whiskey Tango 12.21.12
Quixote's True Blue
Words By Brad Yeakel
Photos By J-man
In the other room, Springdale Quartet became a quintet with the addition of saxophone extraordinaire, Pete Wall. SQ is quickly earning the respect of many Denver music fans. Their progressive jazz-funk is highly influenced by Medeski, Martin, and Wood. They cover MMW often, and their original pieces are driven by a similar flavor. The one thing that's different... the guitarist. While MMW does not have a guitarist, Springdale seems to have a unique and ambitious guitarist whose style was aggressive, melodic, and untamed. While watching him deliver screaming leads, he almost appeared to be hanging on to the guitar for dear life... Like Harry Potter's first ride on a quiddich broom. From time to time I expected to see the guitar escape his grasp and fly wildly into the night. My only complaint about the Quartet was that they play a lot of the same tunes at every show. I have thoroughly enjoyed their instrumental cover of Weezer's "Say it Ain't So" yet feel they have the potential to do similar takes on a plethora of other songs. That was another reason Friday night had extra flair. From what I suspected to be MMW's "End of the World Party" to a distinctive extended "Voodoo Chile" jam, the Quartet was throwing in some extras just in case this was really the last night on Earth.
I had decided that if the world were to end, Quixote's would be a great place to be. At the end of the night, I was happy the world was still spinning, if only to have more opportunities to watch bands like Springdale Quartet and Whiskey Tango do their thing.
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