And considering the congestion and the chaos of the summer festivity, it’s not often you can find something that draws all of these people together.
Unless it’s Sol Jibe taking the stage that is.
At their Thursday performance at the outdoor stage in front of the Great Basin Brewery, Sol Jibe managed to command attention and longer than a glance up from a beer, too.
Deemed as veterans of the Great Basin venue, local world rock inspired band Sol Jibe played a several hour set, entertaining with their signature gypsy, Latin flair as lead vocalist, Tim Snider humbly introduced the band. Not that he really had to as people were already filling up seats and leaning over to whisper to their neighbor, “Hey, it’s Sol Jibe.”
I guess there’s no need for an intro then. Sorry, Tim.
And despite early heavy winds blowing the crowd and beer away, Sol Jibe managed to get people dancing and singing along with well known crowd favorites, “Traveling Song,” “Free Falling” and “New Day.”
Recent band changes, including guitar player Milton Merlos taking a break from the band and an extra saxophone player (does anyone know who that was?) didn’t distract from the integrity of the performance, although Merlos’ flamenco playing will be dearly missed by this reporter.
But to make up for it, any band should seriously consider playing the violin and distort the riffs like Snider does. The classical feel of a violin with a rock juxtaposition has proved well for a lot of musicians. Andrew Bird. Arcade Fire. Even Yellowcard. There’s just something right about it. There just is.
New tracks from the upcoming fourth record were crowd teasers, as the most recent album “New Day” landed them regular rotation spots on local radio stations.
Perhaps the most entertaining part though is that the band has managed to choreograph a dance to go with one of their songs. As soon as the opening chords of “Chicken Bake” hit the crowd, hands were clapping in one large mamba-like dance.
One thing is for sure though. Sol Jibe looks at home at Farmer’s Market, proving their local roots. This only goes to further reinforce that despite what Rolling Stone may say, it’s still nice to see a band that will sing happy birthday to crowd members and even dedicate a song to their girlfriend/fiancé. Musicians with egos are just no fun.