Eddie Japan, back l-r, Chuck Ferreira, Eric Brosius, and Bart LoPiccolo. Front, l-r, Charles Membrino, David Santos, and Chris Barrett
So at midpoint with Eddie Japan's Night 3 win on Tuesday, it's safe to call the Rock 'n' Roll Rumble a wild ride with no real trends emerging other than there are a lot of really good bands bringing their A games to this event.
Eddie Japan pushed its swinging R&B rock over the top with the help of two female back-up vocalists countering the stinging ache singer David Santos brings to a song, and then layered in three violin players for a dramatic finale of "Town Called Nowhere." All this atop a band that already has a combo trumpet and keyboard player, twin guitars, and a pliable rhythm section that all together spice the tunes with Latin and surf rock influences.
Eddie Japan didn't just fill the stage, but filled TT the Bear's with a frenetic energy generated by a combination of showmanship and songs that bested the heaviness of Supermachine and Blackbutton and the poetic roots rock of Glenn Yoder and the Western States.
So thus far each night of the preliminaries has yielded a unique result: the gritty New Highway Hymnal, the polished Camden, and retro groovy Eddie Japan.
Wednesday is break night, with the preliminaries resuming at 9:30 p.m. Thursday at TT the Bear's, 10 Brookline St., Cambridge. Mount Peru, Whitcomb, Lifestyle, and Twin Berlin set to square off.
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