Meet the Band / The Poisonares

Meet the Band

FYI: pop culture news

April 15, 2004|By Sarah Schaffer

Hometown: Baltimore

Current Members: Patrick Griffin, upright bass and vocals; Aran Keating, saxophone; Andy Cole, guitar; Nairobi Collins, lead vocals; Josh Cohen, drums.

Founded in: 2000

Style: 1950s-style rockabilly and R&B

Influenced by: Little Richard and guitar legends Link Wray and Bo Diddley

Notable: Formed four years ago by a group of Goucher College students, this band's early rock 'n' roll sound has garnered respect in both the local alt-country and indie scenes.

Quotable: Griffin on the band's influences and how the Poisonares' style sets it apart: "Most of our influences are black. I think [black rock 'n' roll] is a very significant music in and of itself; there's just something cool about it. We're kinda unique in that [way] ... most people who play 1950s stuff usually play more white music."

Check out the Poisonares tomorrow when the band plays two sets as part of the Duck 'N' Roll concert series at Seidel's Bowling Center. Doors open at 9 p.m. Admission is $8 and includes bowling and shoe rental. Seidel's Bowling Center is at 4443 Belair Road. For more information, call 410-880-3883 or visit www.rootscafe.org.

For more information on the Poisonares, visit www.thepoisonares.com.

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