The Higgs, WTFB

The Wayfarer Presents

The Higgs


Fri, August 10, 2018

8:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

The Higgs
The Higgs
Individually the band draws their influences from many different genres; all musical styles that contribute to their diverse sound. Because of the vast musical influence that each band member brings to their live experience, the audience is often left with a mixed bag of genres to grab onto. This band truly can appeal to anyone; from an improv rock fan to a soul jazz fan even to a wayward bar-hopper who thought they had no interest in any live band at all. The feeling you get when you witness such pure live music that this band produces, it provides an unforgettable energy that will send even the most jaded music fan home with a smile. The beauty of improvisation, as well as having such a wide array of influences allows "The Higgs" to communicate with many different types of people, and allows the freedom to have a great time in a diverse environment. Music is for everyone, and the band intends to keep it that way!

-Keegan Ferraro
Jam rock meets prog rock! WTFB was formed to bring jam band fans something unique and spectacular: English progressive rock masterpieces by bands like Yes, Genesis, Pink Floyd, ELP, King Crimson, Gentle Giant, etc., performed alongside American jam/psychedelic/funk tunes by artists like Phish, Frank Zappa, moe., Grateful Dead, Talking Heads, Widespread Panic, Parliament-Funkadelic, Steely Dan, ALO, etc.---played live, loud, and local. The musicianship is astonishing as the band moves between intricately composed passages and wide-open improvisational stretches.
Keyboardist Ed Lyon (Electric Blue, Mr. Ectomy, Cubensis pre-2001 , The Rum Runners) and drummer Brad Rhodus (RTA, The Rum Runners, Cubensis) had been playing together for several years in the Rum Runners when the WTFB concept began to crystalize in 2014. They called some longtime friends and former bandmates... guitarist/violinist Paul Bonanno (Mr.Ectomy) and bassist Warren Kaye (RTA), who were crazy enough to give it a shot. Powerhouse vocalist Brian Warren (Electric Blue) heard about the project, showed up at an early-stage garage jam session, and was eagerly welcomed aboard after singing just one song. From those earliest jam sessions in 2014-2015, the band knew something special was taking place...
Well-curated set lists are a hallmark of WTFB, drawing from the very best songs from sometimes disparate genres, making it all go together in a way that somehow makes sense. Like all good jam bands, every show is different, and there is high-energy improvisation---and like all good prog bands, the composed segments are extremely well-rehearsed. It’s the best of both worlds.
WTFB currently plays in and around the beach cities of Southern California. Please enjoy our attempt to enjoy all that music has to offer, even the stuff that lives close to the edge...

Brad Rhodus (Drums, vocals)
Brian Warren (Lead vocals, guitar)
Ed Lyon (Keyboards, vocals)
Paul Bonanno (Lead guitar, violin)
Warren Kaye (Bass guitar, vocals)
Venue Information:
The Wayfarer
843 W 19th Street
Costa Mesa, CA, 92627