What do you get when you put four musicians together seasoned in styles ranging from jazz to bluegrass and from funk to all out rock? You get the super group WBPN. This youthfull quartet consists of Aaron Peterson(guitar), Brant Niemi(Bass), Steve wallevand (Trombone/keys/synth), and Chris "Rock" Bala (Drums).
Brought together by chance in 2005 due to the breakup of the bands LivingInTentCity (10k 2004 performers) and Quadrophonic (Midwest Festival Jam Vets), the remaining members of each band united to continue their musical and spiritual developement through musical exploration. The groups musical prowess allows them to construct compositional material that keeps listeners on their toes, and improvisations that range from sonic soundscapes to polyrythmic grooves.
In the bands short existence they have WON the Sonicbids Cosmic Break Contest, performed at the 2006 10,000 Lakes Festival and 10k preparties, selected as a featured band in the documentary "Midwest Jam" from Migration Studios, Harmony Music Festival, Stupapalooza Music Festival, Harmony Music Festival, Nest Fest, performed about 70 shows in '06 at various locations, and have shared the stage and jammed with:
Particle, God Johnson, Vince Herman and Great American Taxi, Fat Maw Rooney, Down Lo, Gypsyfoot, Willie Waldmen (Banyan and The Willie Waldmen Project) and Norton Wisdom (world class live art), Al and Andy (The Big Wu), Madahoochi, Gold Standard, Wookiefoot, The SugarFree Allstars, Hyentyte The New Primitives, Stealin' Strings, Hooch, The Smoking Bandits, The Northwoods Band, The Last Bus, 3 Peas, The MindFunkAllStars, and many more.
WBPN is a featured band in the Migration Studios "Midwest Jam" documentary due out in summer 2007. The movie includes midwest and national acts.
WBPN is currently assembling material for their official studio release in '07. In addition to studio and recording work, WBPN is very active in distributing FREE live recordings and promotional material.
The next time WBPN appears near you, be sure to bring open ears and a smile. And don't forget your dancing shoes. :)
Quotes From The Press:
"Fargo, ND, based WBPN played a very energetic set to a good sized Saloon. Being my first experience with the band I wasn't familiar with their tracks, but they had a strong rock sound that offered up some nice variety to the weekend, I'd definitely go see them solo if they ever came around the midwest."
LiveMusicBlog.com 10KLF Review: Day Two
"WBPN doesn't hew cleanly to one genre......Basically , it's an instrumental jazz-fusion band loading up heavy on the funk, with plenty of room left for improvisation"
-Dave Roepke: The Fargo Forum July 18th
"Those of you who have heard this group know the extent of their groove capacity, and WBPN never disappoints."
-Zach Kabrinsky: The High Plains Reader
july 6 Vol. 12 Iss. 43 page 6
"They play jamband-jazz that would have cost you a 20 dollar cover and a two drink minimum to hear in downtown Chicago."
-Annette Martel: The Rivers Edge monthly
Live Recordings available from Archive.org
WBPN regularly promotes itself by giving away free CDs of live shows.
The official WBPN studio release is due out in spring/summer '07.
The songs Funkachicka and Yo Quiero are played regularly on KDSU 105.9fm Fargo-Moorhead.
Funkachicka was featured in the "ROCK ROOTS" section of Q98.7s weekly profile.
WBPN constantly works on new original material. They figure out ways to fuse the new jams with the old ones in interesting ways. The length of a set varies from 60-90 minutes. The band typically play 2-3 sets in a night. WBPN plays mostly original music but on occasion has covered John Scofield, Particle, Miles Davis, Bobby Vega, MMSW and others.