PLATTSBURGH — Two original bands will take the stage at the Monopole this weekend.
On Friday, March 1, Formula 5 will perform their blend of “groove-based funk rock” for the third time in the past six months.
The following night the Tim Herron Corporation will bring rock 'n roll, bluegrass and folk—a mix they call Ameribeat—to the stage.
Joe Davis, guitarist for the Albany-based Formula 5, said his band keeps returning to the North Country because of the warm reception they receive.
“We get funky with it,” Davis said. “The last two times we played Plattsburgh, it's been a straight-up dance party.”
Formula 5’s music takes inspiration from some standard jam band fare, like Phish and the Grateful Dead, but Davis said they put their own touch on it.
“We’re are really more toward the Phish realm of being progressive and funky, but for Jerry (Garcia, of the Dead), his melodic runs from down scale are just pure grace,” said Davis. “That’s something that I’ve always loved. I kind of translate that into some of our softer songs, and during some of our more intense jams I draw from that to peak the energy.”
Davis joined the Albany-based quartet about a year ago. The band used to have five members, which is why they are called Formula 5 and not Formula 4.
But one year can do a lot for a band.
A key component of jamming is communication between bandmembers, something that is expressed through listening and eye contact.
“It takes a lot of time to get to that, but we’re getting close,” Davis said. “Right now we keep it basic on that kind of speech. We bring it down to a low level and just build the jam from there.”
Davis said Formula 5’s Friday show will be about 80 percent original music, and that the covers they will play might include Sledge Hammer by Peter Gabriel and Trampled Underfoot by Led Zeppelin.
Formula 5’s new seven song, self-titled debut album will be on sale for a suggested donation of $5 at the show.
For more information, visit formula5music.com and timherroncorporation.com
Both bands will perform at the Monopole, 7 Protection Ave. in Plattsburgh.
Friday, March 1: Funktional Flow from Buffalo will begin at 10 p.m., with Formula 5 playing around midnight.
Saturday, March 2: Tim Herron Corporation will play at 10 p.m. They will also perform at the Waterhole, 48 Main St., Saranac Lake, at 10 p.m. on Friday, March