Eliot Lewis to return to favorite Maumee venueWritten by Matt Liasse | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Eliot Lewis will return to The Village Idiot, the venue where his live album “Live And Up Front” was recorded.
“I love that place,” Lewis said. “I’m not sure exactly what it is. … It’s just got a cool vibe, just the energy in the room. I have a great time playing there.”
“Live And Up Front” was recorded in various locations but mostly at The Village Idiot late last year.
Lewis calls himself a “self-contained artist,” creating a full band experience as a solo act. During his shows, some aspects (the vocals and guitars) are live while others (the drums, bass and background vocals) are recorded ahead of time.
“I use a bit of technology in my solo shows,” Lewis said. “It was sort of an experiment and then after a couple of shows it started to sound really good.”
Recording “Live And Up Front” was “intimate,” he said, with an audience of 80-100 people.
Lewis said he has three main projects: performing as a member of Hall & Oates; performing as a solo artist, for which he is currently on tour; and participating in a monthly award-winning webcast “Live from Daryl’s House.”
“All those things keep me busy but in a great way,” Lewis said.
Lewis joined Hall & Oates as a keyboard player in 2003. The opportunity came after being a lead singer and bass player for Average White Band for 13 years. Lewis said he was a fan of Hall & Oates before joining them.
“I always really enjoyed their songwriting,” he said. “Back in the ‘80s, they just dominated radio. For me, as a songwriter, you’re always listening to how other people and how the artists of that caliber put songs together. … [Hall & Oates] just have an amazing catalog of music.”
Lewis added that being with Hall & Oates is inspirational and he enjoys performing the hit “She’s Gone” with the band.
“When you hear a song that you grew up with, it puts you back in a good place,” he said.
Lewis said he enjoys playing for arenas with Hall & Oates just as much as the smaller venues as a solo artist.
“I kind of feel like I have a great variety in my life,” he said.
As a solo artist, Lewis is currently touring the East Coast and Midwest promoting his latest E.P. “Crusade,” which features five new tracks.
“I decided to try something new this time. I’ve sort of split the record into two parts,” Lewis said, adding that a second E.P. will be released in a few months.
“In the music business, there [are] less rules these days. You can work independently, as I do,” Lewis said. “There [are] not so many expectations that you have to do one thing anymore.”
The local show is 8 p.m. Aug. 26 at The Village Idiot, 309 Conant St., in Maumee with a $5 cover charge.