Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Live music

Caught in Still Time

Express Staff Writer

California-based band Still Time will play Whiskey Jacques’ on Friday, June 11, at 10 p.m Photo by

Funky with a slightly jam-band influence, the California band Still Time has made Ketchum, Idaho, a much-anticipated date on its three-month tour of North America. The band members met in the dorms at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo in 2002, and in 2010 have dedicated themselves to pursuing their dream.

"We love what we are doing," said Still Time's lead vocalist, Dan Curcio. "We call ourselves eclectic groove rock because we come from all types of different musical backgrounds."

Still Time musicians Chris Arntzen and Nick Bilich on guitar, bassist Paul Smith-Stewart, drummer John Vucinich and harmonica player T-Bone Steak along with Curcio all contribute to creating the band's signature sound.

"We all write as a group," Curcio said. "We come up with the music while in a jam session and write lyrics over the music, which turns into songs. It's a fun way to create music and allows us to have a variety of songs."

Still Time is influenced by a lot of '60s and '70s musicians and bands including Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, James Brown, the Grateful Dead, Ben Harper, Phish, Dave Matthews, Pearl Jam and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Still Time has been garnering recognition especially with its song "High Tide," which Curcio said has done very well and was a No. 1 radio hit in California for seven weeks.

"As a group goal we would like to get to the point of bands such as Dispatch or Ben Harper who are commercially successful but not total sellouts," Curcio said.

Still Time has also been savvy about its promotion with an update video journal on its website chronicling its tour across country.

"We want to keep fans back home in the know of what we are doing," Curcio said.

Still Time will play a show at Whiskey Jacques' in Ketchum on Friday, June 11 at 10 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door and the band will have CDs and other merchandise for sale at the show.

-Sabina Dana Plasse

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