Organs aren't just for church, as the rock n' roll stylings of Mike Mangan's Big Organ Trio prove. The band, with a Hammond B3 organ taking center stage, perform tonight, October 7 at The Rogue Bar in Scottsdale, and the show is sure to be quite the spectacle.
"If Hendrix played the B3, he would sound like Mangan," says Travis Engler, technical director and talent buyer for The Rogue, who also happened to design the flier. "He is a true virtuoso player who creates textures and sounds never heard before on the Hammond B3."
The band includes a bassist and drummer, coming together to craft a down-and-dirty rock sound that is fitting for The Rogue.
Engler says he was going for a comic book feel when designing the perfect-for-Halloween-season flier, though the music is anything but scary.
"The dark feel was meant to be slightly ironic because it's going to be a fun and exciting show," Engler says. "Anyone who is a fan of funk/blues/jam band music will have a great time at this show."
Mike Mangan's Big Organ Trio gets local support from another trio, The Energy Trio, which features Shea Marshall, organist and saxophone player for The Sugar Thieves. Banana Gun also performs. Engler plays organ for the band and describes the group's sound as having a "crazy, jamgrass style." Looks like tonight is going to be a great show if you're into keys.
The 21-and-older concert starts at 8 p.m. and costs $10, and www.myspace.com/theroguebar has details.
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