Amoramora

Amoramora will play four shows at the Mangy Moose this Friday and Saturday. The band is known for its wandering jams and eclectic influences, among them Grateful Dead and Phish.

After years of touring Amoramora has yet to produce a studio album. In typical jam band style, it’s about what happens on stage.

Local jam band fans will get their hippie fix with Amoramora’s upcoming shows at the Mangy Moose this Friday and Saturday.

The mini-festival format, as band frontman Danny Evans sees it, is an ideal way for fans to experience the full range of Amoramora’s music. The band will play two-afternoon sets and two evening sets.

“This is our third time playing at the Moose and I love how we get to have our own mini-fest,” Evans said. Fans can see us during the light, where we’ll play a more bluegrass-influenced set, and when it’s dark they then get to experience the more psychedelic side of what we do.”

The apres sets will be acoustic and pull from the band’s larger influences such as The String Cheese Incident and Billy Strings.

“And it goes without saying that the Dead and Phish are a part of our sound for sure,” Evans said.

Evans said they build up the audience for the evening with bigger sounds that he compares to My Morning Jacket.

“The jam band genre is so small, that sometimes I think it would be an interesting question to hear who a band is not influenced by,” Evans said with a laugh.

That lightheartedness of the band is reflected in their performances. They can break into folk and funk favorites amid a jazz interlude before bringing a song back to the verse.

“We do full-blown bluegrass covers and originals but then build up sonically with funk, soul, and African Highlife for after dark,” Evans said.

Fans will be seeing a new arrangement of the band on the upcoming Powderhound Tour, which begins in Jackson and takes them to 20 stops across the country, including the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

“About eight months ago we had a line-up change. We no longer have a horn player, but I think we’re more cohesive and polished now, with that jazz element still at the forefront of our sound,” Evans said.

The band includes Mitch Frank on keyboards, Zack Soczka on bass, Jerimiah Kripakov on drums and Evans on guitar as well as lead vocals.

One of the perks of a multiday gig is not having to move gear. According to Evans it makes it a lot easier for the band to find its groove.

“It’s so great when you can arrive and leave your stuff on stage. Because nothing else matters after that point. We’re here, we can relax and enjoy Jackson and fully be in the moment for 48 hours without having to worry will snow get in the way of us getting to the next stop.”

If you’re not familiar with Amoramora’s music, you can check out its live shows on Bandcamp, where they are uploaded for free. Evans says three quintessential tracks are “Diamond Phillips,” “The Thrill>22 Tattoos” and “Powderhound,” the namesake of the tour.

“We’re pushing our live shows and selling those at our shows,” Evans said. “We’re also posting everything on Bandcamp and Nugs.net.” 

Contact tibby Plasse via 732-7062 or entertainment@jhnewsandguide.com.

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