Reclining Buddha

Reclining Buddha


Reclining Buddha is a funky quartet based in Iowa City, IA. They specialize in creating vast improvisational universes in the minds of listeners. Each show consists of jams and ideas uniquely suited to the crowd and the energy level that is felt by the band.


Reclining Buddha got started in Ottawa, Illinois by Chris Gelbuda and Tyler Terrones. After stumbling upon drummer Dustin Stump through a former keyboard player, the band eventually completed itself with the addition of Dave James on bass. After
creating a large following of loyal fans in their hometown, they moved on to larger venues in Iowa City, and now call it home. As hosts of the Iowa City Yacht Club's "Jam Band Jam Session", and frequent midwestern road trips, it's no wonder Reclining Buddha is picking up momentum fast.

Specializing in the realm of improvisation, they make sure every show is a unique experience for new fans and old fans alike. Sets are never the same, and songs are never chosen in advance. Their jams are well thought out, and avoid falling into the tedium in which many modern "jam bands' tend to get stuck. If you haven't seen or heard Reclining Buddha yet, check out the audio files for free, or come see a show.

With two blazing guitarists and a hot rhythm section, you will be left breathless after only 15 minutes!

They have played with bands that are currently huge in the jam scene, including: The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, The Long Beach Shortbus (featuring Surviving members of Sublime and The Long Beach Dub Allstars), Oteil Burbridge (Of Aquarium Rescue Unit, The Allman Bros., Vida Blue, and several other incredible acts), The Breakfast, Backyard Tire Fire, Euforquestra, Public Property, and Acoustic Syndicate.


Live at SHAKERS! - A disc compilation of live shows recorded at Shakers Lounge in Ottawa, IL. Frequent airplay from these tracks can be heard on the Illinois Valley's 100.9 FM homegrown show. Tune in!
It is currently Sold Out! If you want a copy, you can e-mail Chris on the website and he will send you a copy for free if you supply a blank stamp and self addressed envelope.

Set List

Reclining Buddha's sets are rarely set up before hand. Sets usually include at least one to two hours of original material, as well as covers from bands like: The Allman Bros., The Grateful Dead, Phish, Widespread Panic, Sublime, the Doors, and other classics.