Orooni to jam at Village IdiotWritten by Vicki L. Kroll | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Orooni just started its third tour in eight months. That’s appropriate since the jam band based in Fort Collins, Colo., found its name from Jack Kerouac’s ”On the Road.”
”We were searching for a name, and we’re all pretty big readers of different styles,” said drummer Stu Crair. ”I hadn’t been reading much of Kerouac; Allan [Borukhovich, bass player] turned me on to his writing. I started with ‘On the Road,’ and that quote just jumped right out at me.”
The lines: ” ‘Every time Slim said, ‘Orooni,’ Dean said ‘Yes!’ I sat there with these two madmen. Nothing happened. To Slim Gaillard the whole world was just one big orooni.”
”The name seemed kind of fitting. It’s a jazz word, and we’re a mix of many different styles. Of course, everyone thinks we’re Irish when you say it,” Crair said.
Crair, Borukhovich, keyboard player Gwen Grimes and guitarist Phil Salvaggio all sing and write. Like Kerouac, they seem to experience creative outbursts.
”This past week we’ve written three new songs,” Crair said. ”We’re pumping out material at a real incredible rate.”
Their reputation continues to be pumped up, thanks to live shows.
”The goal is always to make everybody dance,” Borukhovich said. ”We want to make everyone have a good time. Above that, we want them to feel the show, we want it to be a spiritual experience, we want them to be exhausted by the end.”
So the band cuts loose and jams. Check out live tracks at phunkstylee.com/Orooni/index.html.
”A lot of bands push away the whole jam-band scene, but it means so many different things,” Borukhovich said. ”We all grew up listening to different stuff — electronica, funk, jazz, blues. Electronica jam rock funk — that’s the closest description of us.”
Orooni will play the Village Idiot, 309 Conant St., Maumee, at 9:30 p.m. April 7. Tickets are $5.
Don’t be surprised if you take some music home.
”Since we don’t have a studio recording — we should in July — and since we’re a touring band, all our live music is there for the taking,” Borukhovich said. ”We encourage people to take a CD, burn it for a friend. We’re all about spreading live music.”