Still keeping it smooth
Andy Laliotis pulls together an informal funk rock band
By Erica Febre firstname.lastname@example.org
After the members of Lamont Smooth, a Concord-based funk rock band, officially called it quits, Andy Laliotis found himself working on several projects.
ďIím still not over it. It all ended on December 29, 2006. Everyone kind of just went their own way,Ē said Laliotis, guitarist and vocalist with Lamont Smooth for 10 years.
In the meantime, Laliotis has been performing here and there with what he calls The Andy Laliotis Project. Itís not an official band because there arenít any official members.
ďWhat Iím doing is creating this band with musician friends that I know have the night off from their regular bands,Ē Laliotis said.
Currently, Laliotis is performing with Kevin OíBrien on bass and Jared Steer on drums.
ďItís just holding me over for now because I have this huge need to play my music óIíve even been doing the solo gigs but even that gets boring,Ē Laliotis said.
They play a number of Laliotisí original tunes as well as covers from the Grateful Dead, Phish, Eric Clapton and Pink Floyd, among others.
ďItís like rock funk ó more like experiment rock with some jazz and funk mixed in it. ... We do a lot of improvising,Ē Laliotis said.
Laliotis said heís more than satisfied playing with his current bandmates. But they have other engagements, other bands or just arenít available to play weekends. So, Laliotis is looking for a few new bandmates ó a drummer, bassist and keyboardist.
ďI have plenty of material to use and I want to get another band together. Now, Iím just looking for other musicians to play with. Iím pretty Gung-ho about it too,Ē Laliotis said.
Laliotis said a few of his former bandís songs reappear with his new projects. Laliotis said he had to carry some of them on because he felt strongly about them.
ďThe sound that Iíve created is unique enough in a sense where a lot of the music can still be salvaged. But, Iím certainly not trying to make a Lamont Smooth cover band either,Ē Laliotis said.
With more than 40 original tracks in his repertoire, Laliotis describes this next project as another funk rock group, but with more of a shuffle-type New Orleans funk beat to it.
Who: The Andy Laliotis Project
When: Thursday, July 19, 9 p.m.
Where: Penucheís Ale House,
For more information: Interested musicians can send an email to Andy Laliotis at email@example.com, or go to myspace.com/lamontsmoothmusic