Winter Park / Live Music: Pub keeps stage full this week
March 21, 2008
As usual, the Winter Park Pub is hosting free live entertainment for its guests this week, starting off with the Eoff (pronounced oaf) Brothers Friday night and musician Brady Crain next Thursday. Local band One Time also plays between the two traveling shows (at 9 p.m. Saturday).Since the band’s inception in their hometown of Springdale, Ark. in 2005 the Eoff Brothers have traveled across the Midwest to put on powerful R&B performances. Shows consist of many of their original songs from debut album Side by Side, as well as several favorites from influences such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, Joe Bonomassa, Led Zeppelin and The Band. Two of the members are brothers in real life: Josh, the youngest who plays guitar, said to be the next generation of guitar heroes, and Justin, who plays drums. Childhood friend Nate Hancock is also in the band playing bass. Josh and Justin grew up with two family members who were accomplished musicians. Their father, Mickey, and Uncle Ron play drums and bass (respectively) for The Cate Brothers and like them, the Eoff brothers hope to churn out tunes for many years.The trio blends soulful vocals, blistering guitar riffs, and a tight rhythm section that backs Josh’s incredible guitar ability. They won the Ozark Blues Society’s Blues Challenge in 2005 and were chosen as one of 11 finalists at their first national debut in Memphis for the International Blues Challenge in 2006 (competing against about 130 other bands).Brady Crain(Nathan) Brady Crain, who aspires to one day become a household name, attributes the beginning of his passion for music to his mother who trained as a classical pianist. He said he didn’t want to be a musician at first, but rather a professional actor. Although he found out in college he didn’t have the temperament for it, he still dabbles a little bit in that capacity as a stand-up comedian who performs bits and comedic songs.He was fortunate, however, to have attended a public and private high school that had exemplary music and theatre programs, including classes on musical theory. He performed in every play and sang or played in the chorus or band at each school.Later on, he went to study with the University of Vermont Concert Choir and earned a master’s degree in business administration (with a concentration in technology management). He said he has a bunch of college degrees, and that he uses all of them every day in the pursuit of this business. And for the most part it is business skill, not artistry, that separates the successful from the unsuccessful in the entertainment industry.He moved through careers in professional stagecraft, then engineering, all the while playing guitar and writing songs. He finally started playing his compositions in front of an audience in the late ’90s and after several of his friends advised him to look into it as a profession he decided to give it a go.He describes his sound as clean shaven acoustic Americana and said he finds inspiration for his music from musicians like The Beatles – beyond them, he said, almost everything else is also an inspiration. I am heavily influenced by everything that passes in front of me and tend to get inspired by simple things, a catchy phrase someone said, mishearing a song on the radio, he said.Crain sings, plays guitar, kazoo, plays a mean saw blade, and growing up he learned to play the bass guitar, tuba, saxophone, and a bit of flute. Bands he’s played in include Wake Up Call, Naked Ambition, and the Bloody Knuckles.Crain said he’s looking forward to the performance, especially since he’ll get paid doing something he would normally be doing in his living room anyway. I’m going to keep plugging at this music/stand-up comedy thing until I am a household name, he said. This will be his debut performance before Grand County audiences, a re-do fulfilling a rain check from a cancellation last April at the Pub.He has two Americana albums and two comedy CDs in the pipeline, and looks forward to hopefully putting out DVDs of each of his shows in the next year or so.