The Primate Fiasco

The Primate Fiasco

 Northampton, Massachusetts, USA
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To a def man, they look like a traditional dixieland jazz band. To a blind man, they sound like a DJ spinning everything from funk to swing to gypsy to reggae, sometimes all at once. To the cops, it's a busy day on the sidewalk. This grammy nominated fiasco has thrown down for deadheads, children, old-timers, break dancers, and anyone else looking to smile and dance. From festival main stages to street corners, there's no scene that can't use the raucous rhythms, swirling harmonies, and clutchin

Biography

Although they commonly rage the stage as the headliner, The Primate Fiasco started as a street band roaming around sidewalks and amusement parks. Impromptu street corner parties quickly got the band invited into venues, private events, and of course festivals were they more often than not leave the audience clawing at the stage for more. To the surprise of many traditional jazz enthusiasts, a devoted following of non-jazz listeners quickly assembled across the North East. After studio CDs, radio play, and several cities taken, the stage show has evolved but the band can still be found on a street corner when feeling nostalgic.

With influences from Motzart to Radiohead to Grateful Dead to Duke Ellington, it's hard to pigeon-hole The Primate Fiasco but the audience has spoken. No one feels out of place on the dance floor, not even the people who are dancing for the first time in their life (a common sight at a fiasco show). The lyrics are captivating and unique while the music burns at high temperatures, ever changing in form and often improvisational. They've been known to shock their fans with live renditions of entire albums such as Sgt Pepper, Zeppelin IV, The Wall, Appetite For Destruction, and countless other stage antics that were unexpected for instruments of this nature.

Currently, The Primate Fiasco is working on their second studio album and expanding their tour map from New England to anywhere in the world that needs to dance.

The Primate Fiasco has shared the stage with Arlo Guthrie, Martin Sexton, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and many other talents.

Lyrics

Saturn Returns

Written By: Dave DelloRusso (banjo player)

We who are at this age and at this stage of this elyptical design.
We we toss. We will turn. Until our gravity unwinds.
We had a contract with space. The orbits know your name and the planets know their place.
And you, every 29 years, may want to hide out in the doorway of a basement. You might want to hide your face.

I know you're gonna' run but you can't hide. Saturn returns and slams you from the side.
You thought you had it all under control. Saturn returns to roll and smoke your soul. Turn turn turn turn return.

Fear not if you can take the blow. It's in the cracks of your skull where the new ideas will grow.
Like any island knows, there's no better time for rebirth than the devastated ashes of a raging volcano.

I know you're gonna' run but you can't hide. Saturn returns and slams you from the side.
You thought you had it all under control. Saturn returns to roll and smoke your soul. Turn turn turn turn return.

South Pole and the Pyramids

Written By: Dave DelloRusso (banjo player)

All I have is the pictures in my head.
I'm not rich but I'm not dead.
All I have is this banjo to play and I got things to say.
I got signs to read and a brain to feed, and that's all I need.

All I have is the time to climb a tree.
All I have is a book on Salvidor Dali.
All I have is echos of shakespear and I got birds to hear.
I got signs to read and a brain to feed and that's all I need.

I don't need no currency.
I don't need to watch TV.
I don't need no one to think for me.
All I have is, all I have is..

All I have is the sunrise on the beach.
The south pole and the Pyramids are all within reach.
All i have is the history of rome and the sense to know when I'm home.
I got signs to read and a brain to feed and that's all I need.

All my enemies

Written By: Dave DelloRusso (banjo player)

I want to thank all my enemies for all the doors they've locked before me.
How else would I learn to kick them down or go around?
How else would I know I had the key?

Thanks for the need to dig for dimes.
I'll spend my savings before leaving this gas station.
How else we I know that there's a better way to think ahead? There's a better way for this whole nation.

I want to thank god for the difficulties.
I want to thank god for the things that suck.
I want to thank god when I don't believe in him or her and that sucks.
I want to thank god for the things that suck.

I want to thank the people who I've lost. The ones I wish that I had still.
How else would I learn, I need to love full blast there isn't time to waste. Because of them I will.

I want to thank all my enemies for all the doors they've locked before me.
How else would I learn to kick them down or go around?
How else would I know I had the key?

Everything Peaks

Written By: Dave DelloRusso (banjo player)

Everything peaks and everything changes. And everything strange is now a finger on your hand.
Everything falls and everything rises. Sometimes the surprise is that it's what you understand.
Everything smiles and everything cries. But when everything dies it knows it did much more than weep.
Everything is silent as outerspace and everything is loud loud loud. And it's the crowd sometimes that puts itself to sleep.

Everything has it's golden age but it's you that changes. Ya see, it stays the same til' you give it a name. Now it's yesterdays news and it's time to loose that simple repeating fact that..

..everything peaks and everything gets funny and melts. Sometimes anything else is the thing to do.
Everything is new and everything is what you used to do. And what you choose to do will soon chose you.
Everything shines and everything's faded. Everything shaded will someday choose from black and white.
Everyone's got one foot in the door and everyone's got the other foot out. Whatever that's about, we won't be here all night.

Everything has it's golden age but it's you that changes. Ya see, it stays the same til' you give it a name. Now it's yesterdays news and it's time to loose that simple repeating fact that everything peaks.

Discography

TAP-2011;

WHEELS ON THE BUS (kids album)-2010 (Grammy Nominated);

GEEK DREAMS-2008;

Bootleg Series Vol1-2007.

Set List

Typical set list is a mixture of originals and unlikely covers done in a style that is way out of context. Example: "Alabama Song (whiskey bar)" done as dixieland. Or "Summertime" done as funk. There is a long list of trad jazz tunes such as "Dont Mean A Thing", "Sweet Georgia Brown", "A Train", "Saints", etc. Sets are designed on the fly, shifting through different genres to keep the excitement of the audience at high levels.

Sets can be 3 hours on stage, a roaming set through the audience, and anything in between.