Grease Factor is coming to Barley's Taproom Tuesday, June 8, filling the room with its unique sound and sophisticated music.
Roots stemming from rock, blues and "New Orleans swamp funk" compose the southern band's phenomenal sound, which is comprised of five experienced musicians.
Guitarist Shane Theriot, who has performed with the Neville Brothers, led the formation of the five musicians into Grease Factor, and branded its name one day during a recording session for his own album.
The other members of Grease Factor include keyboardist Johnny Neel, drummer Jeff Sipe, bass guitarist Derek Jones and percussionist Count M'Butu. Neel has performed with the Allman Brothers and Willie Nelson. Sipe, a veteran musician for Leftover Salmon and Aquarium Rescue Unit, has taken on accompaniment with Grease Factor. Jones played with Nickel Creek and the Anger- Marshall Band, while percussionist Count M'Butu has performed with Aquarium Rescue Unit and Parliament-Funkadelic.
One of the most unique aspects of the expertise behind Grease Factor is that they perform every show as an impromptu act, sometimes even writing songs on stage and in the moment as they feel the energy of the crowd.
In fact, Grease Factor is not using a pre-recorded album to promote their tour. The band is taking the tour one stop at a time, and the songs are decided in the moment.
"Their focus is mostly live concerts because most their songs are made right on the spot. The band has not recorded in a studio yet because they wanted the songs to be created right there as people listen. The bottom line for Grease Factor is improvisation. The band played for two hours (at a previous show) and still had an encore - the guys are so skilled and it makes for high energy during a show," Dave Weissman, tour publicist, said.
Grease Factor was formed at the end of January 2004 and followed with a short six show tour. The band has started playing again in May and will continue tour into July.
Those who come to watch Grease Factor at Barley's will not only get a chance to hear some of Southern rock's legendary musicians, but they will also witness the creation of songs in front of them from the pure energy that forms when experience and talent fuse together on stage.
Grease Factor will be performing at Barley's, located at 200 Jackson Ave., Tuesday at 10 p.m. The performance is for adults ages 21 and over, and the cover is $7.