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Dr. Bacon to send fans on musical journey


Mackenzie Tewksbury

Thursday, February 1, 2018

It’s an infectious blend of genres, instruments and personalities, and somehow it all comes together as one harmonious journey — Dr. Bacon.

If you find yourself on one of these journeys, it won’t take long to notice you’re likely caught in the middle a ride that’s about to whip and whirl you into a musical trance. 

Dr. Bacon, a genre-bending band from Asheville, will take the stage at Crossbones Tavern later this month. The seven-member band has performed there in the past, in both solo acts and with popular Greenville band Psylo Joe, and each time they expect nothing short of a big party. The band recalled their last trip to Pirate nation, when their show began after a Pirate football game and it seemed as if the audience had been preparing to see a Dr. Bacon show. Perhaps that feeling is because the band’s raucous live show transports the crowd to another place and the music simply matches the energy of those along for the ride. 

“It's the shenanigans, the rowdiness, partying like a Pirate,” band member Myles Dunder said. “The energy in Greenville is great – it's party first, ask questions later.”

The band started in 2012 with an almost completely different look and vibe. It was three guys, two guitars, and a mandolin. A little bit later, they added a harmonica. Throw in a couple house parties and acoustic shows in Boone, and they had themselves a pretty successful band. They played bluegrass covers and songs from the 90s with a hoedown type feel.

But before long, they worked in the drums, a bass player and moved from Boone to Asheville, and slowly transformed into more of a rock band while pulling influences from funk and soul. 

“We wanted to do the opposite of bluegrass and do funk.  Boone was bluegrass town, Asheville is funk. We feel an extreme connection to funk music, the feeling behind it and the intention and the fashion of it,” Dunder said. 

But with seven band members, the band is not explicitly “funk” or “bluegrass” or “rock.” It’s a blend of a whole bunch of instruments and a whole bunch of sounds pulled from a variety of influences. Some members like bluegrass, some death metal. Some play the harmonica, and some play electric guitar.  At any given show, audience members can expect to hear guitars, drums, saxophones and baritones, harmonicas and kazoos, violins and drums. 

So, whether the listener is looking for a funk show or a rock show, there is sure to be something that resonates with each listener, likely in the same song.

“The band really does become a lesson in compromise. We’re gonna do the things that members x, y and z like tonight, and that means we’re gonna do what members a, b and c like later,” Dunder said. “I think, though, it makes us healthier musicians. It makes us learn how to do things better.”

The band has played at notable venues like The Lincoln Theatre and Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh, Calico Room in Wilmington and The Big What Festival in Pittsboro, but remain excited to return to Pirate nation. 

“There’s no holding back. They came to party, and that’s what we plan on doing,” Dunder said. 

Dr. Bacon performs at Crossbones Tavern, 114 E. Fifth Street, on Feb. 23 at 10:30 p.m.