HOW MUCH FUN is a super-group? There’s something delightful about a bunch of talented folks circling the wagons to collaborate; we saw it locally in November’s beastly and ambitious “Last Waltz: A Tribute to The Band,” and annually in various groups organized for The Jinx’s Halloween cover band show.
Now, some familiar folk and alt-country faces have united for The Grand Gestures, making their debut alongside City Hotel and Nightingale News.
The lineup features all members of City Hotel (Aaron Zimmer on guitar, Jay Rudd on banjo, Cory Chambers on mandolin, and Anthony Teixeira on bass), plus guitar hero Anders Thomsen (Damon and the Shitkickers), and drummer Chris Fullerton (Savannah Theatre). The Accomplices’ Colleen Heine and Velvet Caravan’s Jared Hall will join the gang in future shows.
“We just want to do the Diamond Rugs thing,” explains Zimmer, referring to the super-group formed by Deer Tick’s John McCauley and Robbie Crowell, Ian St. Pé (formerly of Black Lips,) T. Hardy Morris (Dead Confederate), Steve Berlin (Los Lobos) and Bryan Dufresne (Six Finger Satellite).
You’ll hear shades of alt-country, bluegrass, honky-tonk, and a few irreverent pop covers in the set. Stick around to the end, when The Grand Gestures, Nightingale News, and Bottles & Cans all return to the stage for a “big derby day jam.”
According to Zimmer, it’s all about having “a lot of fun, playing big, quirky numbers, and making people dance.”