Hanuman returns to River City

Invisible Doctors make second trip to Hood River

Invisible Doctors is a contraption built on unbridled enthusiasm. Built out of bits and pieces, they scramble the miscellaneous into a muted, all original flame-thrower, talkin' funk.

The group is returning for its second show in Hood River this Friday, with a 9:30 p.m. spot on the schedule at the River City Saloon. The show is 21 and over. There will be a cover charge.

The flavor of the year seems to be white boy jazz/funk while the Doctors don't deny they've been into the ether in the ER, they defy this categorization. They don't ride the easy Rhodes, don't do what they're told. At an Invisible Doctors show, you'll hear the easy groove of a funky shuffle, followed by a six-part Latin/Rock/Fusion dissident stew. But you'll still be shufflin' because that’s what the Doctors are ordered on.

On Saturday, Seattle’s Hanuman trio returns for a big show at the City.

Aside from stellar musicianship, and the ability to cross many musical genre lines, Hanuman is about chemistry. The connection between these three musicians enables the music to transcend traditional boundaries, and create excitement through the exploration of uncharted musical realms.

Paul Benoit's Acoustic Guitar moans with bluesy, African Americana overtones; Tige DeCoster's acoustic bass softly sings melody or screams the funky downbeats; and Jarrod Kaplan's Djembe & Percussion shed rhythmic texture from all over the world. On occasion, guest soloists Scott Law (mandolin and acoustic guitar), Damien Aitken (sax) and/or Hugh Sutton (Wurlitzer and accordion) add a diverse range of stylistic twists from Bluegrass and Jazz, to Funk and Soul, boosting the band's improvisational energy to new heights.

The band’s unique sound can perhaps tangibly be described as a cross between Medeski, Martin & Wood; Ali Farka Toure and early Ben Harper.

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