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Chillin’ and Jammin’ at Grumpy’s melodic musicianship on this tune. The cheery vibe at Grumpy’s was enhanced by the beautiful tones and chords played on both guitars by this dynamic duo. Williams played the drums superbly with great dynamics of his own. I could’ve listened to this one all night. Next, Rauscher sang the Bowie classic, “Ziggy Stardust” and Kaligis followed that with his best Bob Dylan nasal twang vocal on “Tangled Up in Blue.” Some of the guitar work had a distinct Jerry Garcia sound to it which was fine by me. The Dylan music was followed by them playing music from the fruit of Bob Dylan’s loins as they rocked out to “One Headlight” from Jakob Dylan’s band, The Wallflowers. Jake Kaligis played touch guitar as Rauscher belted out the PANTONE 485 CVU PANTONE Process Yellow CVU PANTONE Reflex Blue C PANTONE 1395 CVC

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Last Friday’s frigid and snowy weather failed to deter a horde of thirsty and hungry music lovers looking to beat cabin fever as local rockers, Jake Kaligis and The New Constitution, brought warm post-holiday cheer and musical goodness to Grumpy’s Bar-B-Que Roadhouse in Allentown. The horde savored Grumpy’s warm BBQ with hot sauce, cold beer and plenty of lively music on the frostiest Friday night in the Lehigh Valley in quite some time. Jake Kaligis and The New Constitution features Kaligis on guitar and vocals, Mike Rauscher on guitar and vocals, Brenden Hackett on bass and Scott Williams on drums. The fact that the temperature outside was in the single digits wasn’t lost on Kaligis and his band, who had played outdoors in downtown Allentown a few days earlier on New Year’s Eve for the city’s official ringing in of the new year. “This is our first indoor gig of the year”, Kaligis said. And with that, the band started off the festivities with a Grateful Dead-like “For What It’s Worth.” Buffalo Springfield with Grumpy’s Buffalo wings was a nice menu pairing as this opener served as a sound check groove jam with Rauscher working the wah-wah pedal and playing free-style lead guitar. Lennon-McCartney harmony by Kaligis and Rauscher for The Beatles’ “Drive My Car” was spot on. Then lo and behold, they performed The Dead’s “Fire on the Mountain” with smooth as silk guitar work between them as they alternated rhythm and lead. They even worked a little reggae into this Grateful Dead classic. The Stealers Wheel classic, “Stuck in the Middle with You”, allowed for a little improv between band members and drummer, Scott Williams, laid down some nice fills while bassist, Brenden Hackett, plucked his Fender jazz bass with the greatest of ease. It was a very solid effort for the rhythm section on this one. Their interpretation of Nick Drake’s “One of These Things First” had the packed house at Grumpy’s riveted to the stage. Kaligis and Rauscher drew in their audience with wonderfully

lyrics. They segued from that song right into Crosby, Stills & Nash’s “Southern Cross” with Kaligis and Rauscher doing a nice job on the harmony. The first set wrapped with what else? The Grateful Dead, of course! “Franklin’s Tower” morphed into a Dead jam with both guitars in perfect tune, once again, alternating between lead and rhythm culminating in the big BAM-BAM-BAM finish by Scott Williams on drums. The second set started with an amazing cover of Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues.” I loved how they recreated the twangy guitar sounds from the Cash original. The Rolling Stones’ “Honky Tonk Women” and The Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” gave us a taste of the British Invasion. Talking Heads’ “Life During Wartime” was a fun, up tempo rocker. Rauscher sang and played rhythm while Kaligis handled lead guitar. Williams was fun to watch on this one with cymbal crashes at all the right moments. They slowed down the pace with Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing”. Brenden Hackett’s bass was just incredible from the gig’s outset but really smooth on this tune and Scott Williams was grooving in the pocket with a big smile upon his face. A short third set featured The Beatles’“A Day in the Life” and Led Zeppelin’s “Ramble On” where Williams played side stick on the drums. The band was apparently finished and began to break down when the crowd at Grumpy’s asked for more and Kaligis and The New Constitution obliged with an encore that featured Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone.” More reggae was tossed in with a little Middle Eastern or Indian texture included. It was all good. Jake Kaligis and The New Constitution have recurring monthly gigs at Grumpy’s every first Friday of the month. These guys are playing some great music and putting their own personality into it. They sound great inside the rustic roadhouse on Mauch Chunk Road and you should come out to see them when you have the chance and grab some BBQ grub while you’re at it!


by: Mitch

Issue 173 january 8, 2014  

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