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Wine bar on 2200 Penn opens doors
By Ella Mitchell, Contributing News Editor • June 14, 2024

GW’s East Coast Caravan plays at Asylum

East Coast Caravan, a jam band with GW roots, performed a solid set at Asylum Friday to celebrate the debut of their EP, “Plantin’ The Seed.”

The group’s sound, a lively mixture of blues, funk and jazz similar to Umphrey’s McGee or Phish, didn’t exactly mesh with Asylum’s atmosphere: the grungy club is decorated with fake bones, blood-red tapestries and replica torch holders. That didn’t seem to matter to the band or its fans, who responded to each song with heartfelt enthusiasm. As singer and guitarist Eric Walker pointed out, some of their devotees had even traveled from Massachusetts and New York to see them play that night.

East Coast Caravan’s set list didn’t venture too far beyond standard jam band fare. Still, they perform their genre well, and put on a tight, dynamic show. “Squirrel Fishing,” a track off their new EP, sounded especially good live; the band nailed the funky, sassy backing groove, and Walker’s vocals were strong. Lead guitarist Nick Blanton executed the somewhat tricky guitar line in “Plantin’ The Seed” precisely, and drummer Quentin Cantu was solid throughout the performance. “Ghost Motel,” another original, was a bouncy, poppy tune, much like Phish’s “Weekapaug Groove,” and it got audience members on their feet and dancing in Asylum’s cramped quarters.

The group closed their hour-long performance with Ray Charles’ classic “What’d I Say,” complete with call-and-response vocals with the crowd. Bassist Greg McWhir managed to pull off Charles’ Wurlizter piano riffs, and it was a nice end to the show.

Be on the lookout for upcoming gigs from East Coast Caravan; both their live shows and studio tracks are worth hearing for yourself.

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