The talent: Steve Gritman (guitar/fiddle), Peter Cacioppo (keyboards), James Boeding (percussion), Larry Kovarik (lead guitar, vocals), Steve DeForest (bass) and Jenni Lisenbee (vocals)
Looking for something more than a few dudes wearing T-shirts and jeans playing the same old covers? Possibly you are ready for the complete experience of Crazy Delicious.
Formed when three-piece acoustic group Adagio crossed paths with bassist Steve DeForest in a recording session for common friends, they quickly called childhood friend and Party Mix Specialist drummer James Boeding to join the group. The only spot left was for a lead singer. Following a karaoke trip to Chappy’s Lounge, vocalist Jenni Lisenbee was added and the band was complete.
So. What makes them different?
“We’ve established ourselves as somewhat of a Las Vegas-style dance band,” Larry says. “We play a wide variety of music that has morphed into a musical journey, complete with coordinated wardrobe changes for each set. One thing we try to look for in a new song is its dance potential as we definitely are focused on being a band that our fans can come out and dance to all show long. Now our sets are organized by eras so we have to be very selective in which songs make the list.”
The first set consists of ’70s funk and disco complete with Afros and platform shoes,and segue into ’80s dance. The second set moves to top 40 and country, featuring vests and cowboy hats. Finally, the third set is a straight-ahead rock set, including songs from Jon Bon Jovi and Heart. “We try to keep the dance floor hopping throughout the entire night to gradually build the music to be more rocking by the time we hit the last set,” Larry says.
While essentially focusing on covers, the band is just now putting the final touches on their first original track, despite having all written songs before joining this particular group.
“There is a desire to see what we can unearth by way of our covers as well as with exploration of original music,” Larry says. “We hope that we can spend more time on working up some of our own material as the band continues to grow.”