I wasnt too sure about an outdoor concert on Sunday. It was cloudy out, and it looked like it might rain. But sometimes you see a band name and you just have to investigate. This was one of those days, and even though I had never heard of them, who can resist a band named 2 Kinds of Pie?
The band was playing on the outdoor patio at The Woodshed Smokehouse, right on the banks of the Trinity. Ive heard good things about their full menu, but when Ive been there it has been to see the live music, and you can only order off the snack menu out where the music is. Maybe someday they will integrate the two areas. Equality is the word these days.
2 Kinds of Pie bills themselves as eclectic postmodern folk jazz, and Im not sure I could nail it down much further than that. The band consists of Dean Pauley (bass, guitar, mandolin), David Novey (guitar, bass, percussion), Tom Menikos (drums, bass), and Jim Toler (guitar).
The lyrical content is folkish, and often had kind of novelty act feel to the thing. The solid-body standup bass used for most of the songs definitely lent a jazzy feel, but at times they had more of a vintage 1940s sedate-pop feel. The jazz was more to my liking.
And there was plenty to like. Musicianship throughout the night was first-rate and their stage act, like pie, has such an amiable quality that you just cant help but enjoy it. They perform all originals, and the songs seem creative and well thought out.
This was just flat-out an enjoyable Sunday evening. It was a family outing sort of affair, with adults listening to the music while children played on the banks of the river. A couple of people brought their dogs, and a flock of herons flew and spun in the sky above us, before settling in to roost in the trees across the river. It was vaguely Hitchcock-esque, in contrast to the domestic block party atmosphere at the Woodshed.
The band took a short break, while the clouds cleared up, the sun started to set and a cool breeze blew in off the water. When I left, the band had performed more than two hours of original music and was still going strong.