By Clay B. Hodges
Friday, June 26, 2009 1:01 PM CDT
Canago is an up and coming prodigy I have followed ever since their conception as Mr. Dink. The Dink’s axis powers, transferred into Canago, are Craig Brown on keys, Jason Williams on bass and Chris Smith on drums. These progressive hipsters are the pounding force behind Canago.
Since their modest beginnings, however, they have changed guitarists multiple times. It seems to me now their two-guitar format, Robbie Neighbors being proficiently soulful and Danny Smith being technically astounding is the perfect fit for their progressive sound.
The guys never fail to blow off creative improvisational steam all over the crowd every time the play. Their music, and the musicians are like the water in a brackish bayou canal; they are a sticky mix of fresh and salty.
Before the show Jason Williams described his feelings in a nonchalant stream-of-consciousness way, “Chills up my spine, Ever present butterflies, If it’s really ‘fear’ I embrace it, I feed on the adrenaline, this wholly unique experience of now, each sound will only be heard once, and we got to supply that tonight.”
They had no problem supplying the energy. The Thursday night started off fresh with inventive easy jamming. As the night progressed so did their music. They are not afraid to go into the great unknown that mutt-breed of progressive techno where many bands often loose themselves. But Canago is a confident ship that braves and even revels in the challenge of venturing into improvisation. It is an environment where they thrive.
Loyal fans danced and mingled like the birds and the bees. Craig Brown, whose stage presence is like a space aged hippie, and Jason giggled like school children at every reaction their music could muster from the crowded bar. And the night became a crescendo of happy music enthusiasts.
Shkala Ritter, a loyal fan who has been to their shows since the beginning, described the night’s experience as, “Funky Fresh Flow, Foaming From the Frothy Fruit of the Fantastic Funk Tree.” I think this is a good way to describe Canago. Their music is about evolution. They have one foot with their favorite influences of the past while trying to stay two steps beyond the future. Canago will hopefully become big. Yet, this will only happen if they take themselves and their art seriously. If so, Bowling Green should be prepared to be Canago’s home.
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