PRESENTED BY ELISE
Calliope Musicals began as the musical love child of singers Carrie Fussell and Philadelphian Matt Roth (affectionately known by native-Texan Carrie as "Yankee"). Their chemistry was undeniable, and their passion for the music gave them an instant friendship. After dancing holes into the bottom of their feet during a performance by Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros at 2009's SXSW, they knew that there was no choice but to pursue a musical career together.
In search of "general merrymakers," the two happened upon Craig "The Funk" Finkelstein: vibraphone player extraordinaire. Luckily The Funk was willing to give up his place as the top seller in a kissing booth to chase rainbows with the Musicals.
The threesome decided that while they were stunning alone, it did prove problematic that no one in the band could actually keep a beat. This is when they met Jason Martin, and when he kept insisting that the group practice while wearing funny hats, they knew that they needed him and his brilliant ideas.
In need of a bass line, the Musicals challenged another local band to a duel. The prize? The wickedest bass player in all the land: Ben Aiken. Needless to say, because the duel was judged on good looks, dance moves, and all-around excellence, the Musicals won over the bass virtuoso.
The music makes Calliope Musicals (and listeners) happy, alive, and free. Their live performances have an energy that puts them in a league above most other folk-rooted troops, and the songs generate a happy sensation not found in most other indie/rock bands. After seeing them at one of their debut performances in Austin, Texas at Threadgill's, Western Homes said they "sound like big ol' state fair, country rock entertainers," and entertain you they will. They emulate an energy that cannot be replicated even in the best recordings, and they have a sound that leaves listeners with no choice but to fall in love.
Tune in again soon!