2nd Story Band

2nd Story Band

 Bethesda, Maryland, USA
DuoWorldAcoustic

A JAMMIN' WORLD BEAT BLEND of Blues and Swing, Pop Rock, Caribbean and Tex-Mex Rhythms with a bit of New Orleans Funkiness thrown in! "A FIRST RATE 2nd STORY WOMAN... Meagan Lane's voice is a constant surprise - sweet, arch, rough, wanton and worldly in turn,... a treat to experience!"

Biography

Meagan Lane and Geoff de Mers, founders of Wammy nominated 2nd Story Band grew up in the '50s and '60s during one of the most musically rich periods in the evolution of American Pop Music. It was a time when Rock-a-billy, Doo Whop, R & B, Tejano, Calypso, Cowboy Music (C&W), Swing, Rock & Roll, Folk, and Folk Rock could be heard on commercial radio. In fact since 1978, as a result of their ability to incorporate these and many other styles including West African, Latin and Celtic, Meagan and Geoff have developed one of the most interesting and fresh sounds to come out of the Metro Washington, DC area.

Over their 36 year career together Meagan and Geoff have worked with some of the very finest musicians in the area from various countries and cultures, especially on Drums, Percussion, Violin and Bass. As an example: in 1990 they formed a West African Band, Hedzoleh Story in collaboration with Amartey Larea, a multi-instrumentalist, singer/ song- writer from Ghana, West Africa. Their shows included performances at the Smithsonian Museum of African Art and Harmony Hall Regional Arts Center during African History Month. The African based music and dance grooves dramatically influenced the duo's musical growth and songwriting. Inspired by these rhythms and grooves the 2nd Story Band Duo developed an exciting new style, a jammin' World Beat Blend of funky Blues & Swing, West African, Caribbean and Pop Rock rhythms. They call it "World Beat Blues".

2nd Story Band can perform as a Duo or as a Trio with an Afro/Latin percussionist. Meagan has a smoky, expressive vocal style and Geoff's vocal harmonies and leads are a great complement to the sound. Meagan plays a massive acoustic bass guitar providing melodic and propulsive rhythm. Geoff plays acoustic rhythm and lead guitar and slide guitar, flute and harmonica and adds guitar synthesizer samples simulating instruments like Caribbean steel drums (pan) adding spice to the flavors in the mix.

A 2nd Story Band performance gives the audience a chance to participate in various ways: call and response, playing authentic African hand percussion instruments and dancing, etc. And there is the magical "limbo stick" which Meagan and Geoff send out into the audience for the children of all ages who love to see "how low they can go".

Meagan and Geoff feel it is important to give back to the community. For the past several years they have been giving regular performances at assisted living homes and senior centers in addition to community pool parties, restaurants, concerts and house parties. They enjoy ad-libbing on stage, chatting with their audience and giving insights into the various musical styles and instruments they play.

HISTORY:

Way back in 1977 in a little Bethesda hole-in-the-wall called the Psychedelly, Geoff de Mers and Meagan Lane found musical harmony while both singing at an open mike. Geoff had been writing original music and had released an LP of all original songs, self titled "Geoffrey", in 1972. He was enjoying a very successful career teaching music (Guitar, Bass, Mandolin, Appalachian Mountain Dulcimer and 5 String Banjo ) at Charlie Byrd's Music House in Bethesda, Md. when he teamed up with Meagan, who had recently been the lead singer in the well known band, "Grow Your Own". The duo beganperforming all over the Washington, D.C. area including Fredericksburg, VA, Maryland - Baltimore, Frederick and Ocean City - and as far a-field as New York, Norfolk, Va. and Saint Croix in the Virgin Islands.
Over the next few years Meagan and Geoff sought out musical talent in the area, notably: John Previty on upright bass, who inspired Meagan to take up the instrument; Dan Cassidy, brother of the late Eva Cassidy & Wacek Kozlowski, an extremely gifted player from Poland on electric violin; and Wes Crawford & Alejandro Lucini, a native born Brazilian player on drums and percussion. In 1980 the group became known as "2nd Story". The bands sound was influenced by the diversity of the Washington area music scene: traditional music to Folk-Rock and Pop into Country, Blues and Swing, Irish and Celtic, into Funk and R & B and finally to West African and Latin grooves.

A revolutionary phase of the group's development began in 1990 when Meagan and Geoff formed a West African Band - Hedzolehs Story - with drummer Bilo Ray & Amartey Larea, a multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter from Ghana, West Africa, from whom Meagan and Geoff learned first hand how to play West African "Highlife" and other rhythms from the continent. They performed at the Smithsonian Museum of African Art and Harmony Hall Regional Arts Center for a concert celebration of African History Month.

In 1991 Meagan and Geoff began to learn East Coast Swing dancing. They became completely absorbed in the dance community and progressed on to other African influenced dan

Lyrics

The Prince of Chapel Street

Written By: 2nd Story Band

THE PRINCE OF CHAPEL STREET

He knows his way downtown
Like the back of his hand - up, down, all around
The slicks, the swells, the cool fools
Those jaded, faded ladies in their sparkling jewels Those hard working
men with their worn out tools
...
He goes where the moon smiles
Guards his turf with a low profile
The whores, the hustlers
Those bright eyed kids who see it all and want more The old, black
watchers, the middle aged watchers Even a rich, lonely woman
compartmentalized in her apartment cage
...
CHORUS
He's got the wind in his shoes
He's got the moves to cure the blues
Call him Prince of the street
Didn't get that way by shufflin' his feet
To some hip hop beat
...
He sees Ramona pass this way
Watches the wind caress her hips as she sways She looks so serious, her
perfume makes him delirious
...
He knows her from somewhere
Wants her to meet the street, cop to the beat So he can tear
her apart, open up her heart
So he can feel something that's real
...
CHORUS
...
He wants to tell her about life
A heart cut by a fast knife
Sugarcoated ways, blue songs in May
For shady ladies with captivating ways
Like manifestations of that sensation
...
He is travelin' only to be unravelin'
His head and mouth go at the same pace
He spits out words into outerspace
They fly, they go fast, he lays back, it's a fact The sun is
shining and he's still black!
...
CHORUS
(Call him Prince when you meet)
...
He is love, he's not love
He's on top of love, he's under love
He's found love, he's lost love
He's claimed love, he's tamed love
He's hippin', trippin', skippin'
Hippin', trippin', skippin'
Hippin', trippin', skippin'
To some hip hop, hip hop, hip hop, hip hop Hip hop, hip
hop beat!
...

Cesar Rules

Written By: 2nd Story Band

CESAR RULES

Ah weh hedzoleh -
Hedzoleh hedzoleh, hedzoleh hedzoleh oh

Ah weh nih oh - Cesar rules!
...
Ah weh jonanah -
Jonanah jonanah, jonanah jonanah oh
Ah weh nih oh - Cesar rules!
...
Ah weh massapeh -
Massapeh massapeh, massapeh massapeh oh
Ah weh nih oh - Cesar rules!
...
Ah weh seolehleh
Seolehleh seolehleh, seolehleh seoleleh oh
Ah weh nih oh - Cesar rules!
...
Old man livin' in a shanty shack
He curses Jesus [and he don't look back]
Ah weh nih soh, ah weh
He eats Reese's pieces [and he don't look back]
Ah weh nih soh, ah weh
His name is Cesar Rodriguez [and he don't look back]
Ah weh nih soh, ah weh
...
CHORUS
*Ah weh nih soh, ah weh neh ya
Ah weh nih soh, ah weh
...
Old man, tryin' to get what he lack
He loosens his collar [and he don't look back]
Ah weh nih soh, ah weh
He's a 4 o'clock scholar [and he don't look back
Ah weh nih soh, ah weh
He hears Olive holler [and he don't look back]
Ah weh nih soh, ah weh
...
CHORUS
...
Old man trying to be sharp as a tack
He tighten's his girth [and he don't look back]
Ah weh nih soh, ah weh
He rapes the earth [and he don't look back]
Ah weh nih soh, ah weh
He prances with mirth [and he don't look back]
Ah weh nih soh, ah weh
...
CHORUS
...
Old man sleepin' in a Cadillac
He's sometimes lazy [and he don't look back]
Ah weh nih soh, ah weh
His mind is hazy [and he don't look back]
Ah weh nih soh, ah weh
He's certifiably crazy [and he don't look back]
Ah weh nih soh, ah weh
...
CHORUS (2X)
...
Ah weh hedzoleh -
Hedzoleh hedzoleh, hedzoleh hedzoleh oh

Ah weh, ah weh nih soh
Ah weh nih, hedzoleh oh
Ah weh nih oh - Cesar rules!
...
Ah weh seolehleh -
Seolehleh seolehleh, seolehleh seolehleh oh
Ah weh nih oh - Cesar rules!
...
CESAR RULES!

Discography

The Politicians All Sing - Origins & Originals -CD, @2006 Meagan Lane and Geoff de Mers
Blue Shades - World Beat Blues Fiesta -CD, @2001
Meagan Lane and Geoff de Mers
"Down By the Water" and "As the Years Go Passing By" have recently been played on Public Radio in Connecticut, Ohio, California & Brazil. Go to www.2ndstoryband.com to reach links to listen to tracks from "Blue Shades" and "The Politicians All Sing".
The CDs are available at www.cdbaby.com/2ndStoryBand .
Promotional Copy - Cassette Tape (7 songs, 6 original) -c 1995
2nd Story's First - Cassette Tape (9 Songs) - c 1985

Set List

Meagan Lane & Geoff de Mers, founders of 2nd Story Band, perform as a Duo, as a Trio and as a full Band with traps Drums and/or Percussion. Their sets can be of any length (though they prefer a fewer number of longer sets) and are tailored to the particular audience and performance situation.
The songs are a blend of original compositions and remakes of cover tunes in a groove oriented and up-beat, energetic style.
In some situations, though, where required the Band can meld into the background for an ambient performance of atmospheric instrumental and improvisational music.

The SONG LIST

**Slide Guitar
As the Years Go Passing By- Maggie Bell
Chevrolet- Geoff $ Maria Muldaur
Choo Choo Che Boogie- 1940s
Eugene- Chuck Berry
Give it Up- Bonnie Raitt
Junkman- Mildred Baily, 1930s
Memphis- Chuck Berry
I Thank You- Sam & Dave/Bonnie Raitt
Things We Said Today- the Beatles
Tulsa Time- Eric Clapton

...

**Other Remakes
Clap Hands- Tom Waits
Cry Cry