McLovins with The Bumbs
Sat, Feb 17 9:00 pm
McLovins: Founded in 2009 by drummer Jake Huffman and bassist Jason Ott, McLovins launched with a note for note cover of Phish’s Y.E.M that went viral, rocketing the band into overnight notoriety two weeks into its inception. The band capitalized on their newfound and patchouli tinged fame by performing at festivals all over New England, and impressing audiences with their boundless technique; their wunderkind guitarist Jeff Howard still in middle school, but playing like a seasoned professional many times his age. At the same time that Jason and Jake were becoming locally renowned musicians, Jake and keyboardist Atticus Kelly were attending a performing arts high school in Hartford, Connecticut. Few vestiges of their jazz training remain in their current output, but the musicianship gained at this stage endures. They were in an award-winning ensemble that played together four times a week for as many years, both taking home trophies from the Berklee high school jazz competition in 2010. The Bumbs: The Bumbs began when Merc convinced his friends to drop out of school, quit their jobs and play in a rock and roll band with him. Their sound is vintage urban buskin' blues, polished to a soulful sheen and cheery smile by a handful of disgruntled and tongue-in-cheek millennial sky grazers. Eli had been studying visual arts at UNT and was only a freshman, so he was chill with that. He'd grown up down the hall from Merc and had made music with him since babyhood; it made sense to hang around and see what went down. Zach was selling garage doors and was quickly becoming renown for his caffeinated negotiation tactics, but decided to pursue his true life goal of becoming Keef Richards Hendrix IV. He and Merc had known each other since high school Biology when they'd shoved textbooks down each other's pants and talked the merits of 60's blues bliss. It wasn't a hard decision to leave it all behind for rock n roll...