Wasabi

Wasabi

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Wasabi’s music is a unique mix of ass-kickin’ rock-and-roll, psychedelic blues, and funky jazz. With a philosophy that incorporates the crowd-pleasing sensibility of classic funk with the heart-wrenching spirit of the blues, Wasabi is quickly becoming THE rock-and-roll band to see in Colorado.

Biography

Winner of 2007 Westword Music Showcase Award for best Jam/Improv band in Colorado

Runner-up Relix magazine's Dec/Jan Jam-Off competition. Currently featured on relix.com video and interview sections.

“Case in point: Wasabi. Talent? These guys piss talent... they have chemistry, solid upbeat grooves and outstanding musicianship.” -The Rocky Mountain Bullhorn

Based in Fort Collins, Colorado, Wasabi’s music is a unique mix of ass-kickin’ rock-and-roll, psychedelic blues, and funky jazz. A six-piece with two electric guitars, keyboards, saxophone, bass and drums, Wasabi produces a full and exciting contemporary rock sound: live Wasabi is a sweet and spicy mix of driving rhythms, compelling beats, soaring guitar leads, and passionately sung vocal hooks, harmonies, and melodies. Sonically influenced by Led Zeppelin, The Black Crowes, and Widespread Panic, Wasabi draws heavily from the song-writing craftsmanship of Tom Petty and The Band to make for a gripping, cohesive, and highly danceable musical performance. With a philosophy that incorporates the crowd-pleasing sensibility of classic funk with the heart-wrenching spirit of the blues, Wasabi is quickly becoming THE rock-and-roll band to see in Colorado.

Blind from birth, keyboardist Brian Collins possesses an unnaturally powerful voice. Lead guitarist Sean Waters and rhythm guitarist Ehren Crumpler both sing lead as well, and together the three of them create awe-inspiring harmonies. Drummer Marshall Van Stone relentlessly drives the band and music forward with powerfully unique drumming, while Eric “Bulldog” Skjerseth holds it all together with heart-pounding bass guitar. To top it all off saxophonist Tom Gray interweaves beautiful melodic structures, vocal harmonies, and hard charging solos demanded by the driving rock-and-roll.

Wasabi’s second full-length album entitled ”The Border” was released in April of 2007. Born, bred, and based out of Fort Collins, Wasabi has absorbed the diversity of strong music in Colorado and made their mark as a genuine Colorado rock band. Following in the footsteps of bands like Leftover Salmon, Big Head Todd, and the String Cheese Incident, Wasabi now carries the torch of the great Colorado rock bands. From the desert to the city, “The Border” is truly an exciting representative of great Colorado Rock n’Roll.

Wasabi Has Shared The Stage With:
Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons, RAQ, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, Ekoostik Hookah, The Slip, Zilla (w/ Michael Travis of the String Cheese Incident), Rebirth Brass Band, The Fareed Haque Group, Eric McFadden Trio, JGB with Melvin Seals, Global Funk, Smokestack, Phix, Mary and Mars, Shakedown Street, and Green Lemon. At festivals: WAR, The Motet, Kyle Hollingsworth, Rose Hill Drive, Doug Kershaw, Bob Haworth, Mel Tillis, and Nashville legend Jack Green.

Venues Wasabi Has Played (Amongst many others):
The Aggie Theatre, Fort Collins, CO; The Mishawaka Amphitheater, Bellvue, CO; The Fox Theatre, Boulder,CO; The Starlight Theatre (now called Hodi’s Half Note), Fort Collins, CO; Cervante’s Masterpiece Ballroom, Denver, CO; New West Fest, Fort Collins, CO; Fort Collins’ Earth Day Festival; Quixote’s True Blue, Denver, CO; Dulcinea’s 100th Monkey, Denver, CO; The Bayou House, Lucerne, CO; The Zebra Cocktail Lounge, Bozeman, MT; Shoreline Brewery, Michigan City, IN; The Lander Bar, Lander, WY.

Discography

The Border, 2007 (full length studio album)
Greetings, 2003 (Full length studio album)

Set List

Wasabi typically plays 3 hour shows consisting of two sets. 80% of the music is original, while 20% are delicious covers. Cover material includes favorites by Traffic, The Band, Ween, Nirvana, and many many others.