Laidback is a band who has all the right hooks: funky vibes, tight musicianship, and solid songwriting. Mixing elements of funk, jazz, rock, soul, and blues, this band of five produce a sound that can appeal to all lovers of modern music.


Laidback has defined a sound all their own by cleverly blending elements of funk, jazz, rock, soul, and improvisational jam. Laidback has been compared to bands such as The String Cheese Incident, Widespread Panic, Moe, G Love and Special Sauce and Galactic.

It all started out with Brett Whitson, Brad Hodson, Garrett Wilhelm and the Hodson basement. The three began their musical career playing music that could only be desribed as laidback. They wove their way in and out of local dives and clubs by way of open mic nights until they scored a weekly residency at The Cincinnati Cafe in Reston, Va. This weekly gig would be the start to all that will come.

In steps Brian Raubacher. Brian had spent the last year as a solo artist at the same open mics Laidback did, just never on the same night. Brian happened to be at the very first Cincinnati Cafe show, and soon after joined the band. It was there that Laidback built their following and earned enough money to cut their first record "The Birdfoot Sessions."

Two years after playing together as a foursome, Laidback's long time friend/session player on Drums, Dave Adams, joined the band adding a whole new layer of rich, rythmic energy. Now, as a fivesome with two albums, Laidback is ever progressing foward their own unique style, and its about time you experienced it

Some bands Laidback have played with:

Perpetual Groove
Ekoostic Hookah
Barefoot Manner
Garaj Mahal
Weekapaug Orchestra
Modern Groove Syndicate
Yo Mamas Big Fat Booty Band
The Breakfast
Dj Williams Projekt
Brothers Past
The Recipe
The Wood Brothers (with Chris Wood of Medeski, Martin and Wood)
New Monsoon
The Dereck Trucks Band
Virginia Coalition
Robert Bradleys Blackwater Surprise
Hot Buttered Rum String Band
LB Shortbus (featuring members of Sublime and LB Dub Allstars)
Jimmys Chicken Shack
The Grove
The Bridge
Whirled Blue
The Ordinary Way,
Juggling Suns
Walnut Grove Band
True Sound
2nd Naycha
Davisson Brothers
The Burning Dirty Band
Trip Lizard
Ernest Goodlife Band
The Jeremiah Prophett Band
Wrinkle Neck Mules
No use for Humans
Sundried Opossum
Roots A'Risin
Apex Watson
Lucy Vincent
The Indobox
Unwritten Prisms

Some Venues Laidback have played:

The Knitting Factory-New York, NY
Kennys Castaways-New York, NY
The Bitter End-New York, Ny
The Green Apple Music Festival-New York, NY
The State Theatre-Falls Church, VA
Alley Katz-Richmond, VA
Fatty J's-Fredericksburg, Va
Whitlows-Arlington, VA
William and Mary College-Williamsburg, VA
The Pub-Harrisonburg, VA
Rhodeside grill-Arlington, VA
Clarendon Grill-Arlington, VA
Top of the Stairs-Blacksburg, VA
Highlawn Pavilion-Harrisonburg, VA
Mulligans-Farmville, VA
Sign of the Whale-Alexandria, VA
Natural Chimneys Regional Park-Harrisonburg, VA
The Cove Campground-Gore, VA
Herndon Town Green-Herndon, VA
Ned Devines-Herndon, VA
Ned Devines-Fairfax, VA
Jammin Java-Vienna Va
Champps-Reston, VA
The Auld Shebeen-Fairfax, VA
Sweet Carolines-Winchester, VA
KC's Music Alley-Fredericksburg, VA
The Strasburg Theater-Strasburg,VA
Schooners-Newport News,VA
Cary Street Cafe-Richmond,VA
The Zodiac-Gaithersburg, MD
Bushwallers-Frederick, MD
The Vault-Baltimore,MD
The Royal-Baltimore, MD
The Funk Box/8x10-Baltimore, MD
Duncans Bar and Grill-Frostburg, MD
Orion Studios-Baltimore, MD
Goucher College-Towson, MD
Billy Beams-Frederick, MD
EJ's Landing-College Park Md
The Rusty Ruddder-Dewey Beach, DE
Tammany Hall-Worcester, MA
Alexanders-Fleetwood, PA
Loozapalooza-Harrisburg, PA
Sunshine Daydreams-Terra Alta, WV
Chic 'N' Bones-Morgantown, WV
WBID Festival- Washington, NJ
The Grog and Tankard-Washington DC
DC9-Washington DC
Juggling Gypsy-Wilmington, NC


The Birdfoot Sessions, Tin Roof Green "live at the Barn", Live in Baltimore (April 2006)

Set List

Typical sets are usually one to two hours long. Laidback is capable of playing up to 5 hours of music adn recently headlined two nights at The Healing Waters Festival where they had the opportunity to flex their muscles and play back to back 3 hour sets.

After the Second Argument, NM'F, Again, Hope, Chuck Norris, The 84th, Breathing, Soup, Legend of the Smoot, RTM, Breaking Point, Kool and the Gang, No Reason, Memory, Here I am, Maybe, Buddix, Baggage, Area, Lil' bit o' lovin, G-Blues, You, Evergreen, Brads Funk, Appreciate, Today, Van Winkle, Downward Spiral, Searching for the Sun, Serafine, Drunken Love, Click click click, Bea Arthur, Fine, Skeletor, Ession, Cloud 9, The New One, Upon Awakening,
Cairo, Hand Shake Quota

Tom Sawyer, Dancing Nancies, Groove is in the Heart, Plush, Redemption Song, Stir it up, What I Got, Push, Take on Me, High and Dry, Come Together, Help, Burn One Down, Money, Paradise City, Give it Away, Across the Universe, Feelin Alrig