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Dick's Den Residency: Chase Potter

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by Andrew Patton on January 26, 2016

The Dick’s Den residency program will continue to heat up cold winter Wednesdays with a February installment hosted by multi-instrumentalist Chase Potter (photo by Briana Soler). Since we last checked in with him in October to take part in our Interview Series, the Berklee grad has been busy with shows of various genres, both in the area and beyond. Like many of the previous months’ hosts, Potter has planned a series of shows that showcase his diverse musical interests and talents, presenting him in a variety of formats with a variety of instruments. Music starts around 10pm each Wednesday, and the cover is always $4. Keep reading for more details on each week’s performance.

For opening night, Wednesday, February 3rd, Chase will play with his bluegrass band, The Relentless Mules. The band consists of Dan Phelps on guitar, Caleb Powers on mandolin, Glenn Rinehart on banjo, Chris Stevens on bass, and Potter on fiddle. As Potter tells me, “We’ll be playing everything from traditional bluegrass songs and fiddle tunes to new originals.”

February 10th will find a straight-ahead jazz quartet of heavy hitters onstage. Potter will be featured on violin, and joined by Stan Smith on guitar, Roger Hines on bass, and Reggie Jackson on drums. The tunes for the evening will be mostly standards, allowing this talented group to stretch out and provide a unique, high-level spin on some classic jazz material.

The program for February 17th will highlight Potter’s original singer-songwriter material, which he describes as “a combination of rock, R&B, folk, and jazz.” The lineup will be Potter on guitar and vocals, Jeff Bass on bass, Zakk Jones on guitar, and Matthiessen Nisch Quan on drums. See below for a sampler of some of the music that will be included in this show.

For the February 24th finale, Potter describes the sound of the evening as “crazy acid jazz electronica.” Potter will be playing electric bass, plus Lisa Bella Donna on keys, Jeffro Jam on keys, and Carlos Fisher on drums. Potter told me that “this will be the second time I have played with this configuration of musicians, and last time we played we freely improvised the entire show and it was absolutely incredible.” Should be an exciting conclusion to a month of great music!

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