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The Grooves Are Grade E
June 14, 2007 - Jim Price
If you are looking to kick off your weekend a bit early this Thursday night, tasty food and tasty grooves can be had at Al’s Tavern.
The grooves are courtesy of Altoona trio Grade E. Grade E formed in late 2005 from the ashes of Neogumbo, a 90’s era local band known for its grooves. All three members of Grade E; lead singer/guitarist Chris Vipond, bassist/singer Mike Stanley and drummer Todd Harshbarger; are all Neogumbo alumni.
Grade E’s performances often evolve into nonstop, funk-edged grooves, which set the launching pad for the group’s often unpredictable journeys. Grade E incorporates an eclectic assortment of songs into their groovefest on any given night; including a number of their own original songs, plus tunes from a wide variety of sources, spanning the Rolling Stones to G. Love and Special Sauce to Sublime to even a funked-up traditional bluegrass number, “Man of Constant Sorrow.” Occasionally the group will even dip back into their Neogumbo catalog to resurrect a song or two. The band members improvise along the way, weaving in and out of their arrangements, and going where the grooves lead them.
Grade E makes it all fun, mixing their musical adventures with playful banter with the audience. Usually at least once per show, bassist Mike takes over lead singing duties on a funk/jam medley, and improvises lyrics along the way; even referencing Al’s Tavern menu items (his favorite is Al’s popular sandwich, the Hooter). He’ll even let you know that you can add the egg for a quarter!
Grade E plays at Al’s Tavern on the second and fourth Thursdays of every month, and there's no cover charge. If you’re looking to unwind after a day at the workplace, or get a start on the weekend, kick back and enjoy a Grade E show.
Al’s Tavern is located at 2831 8th Avenue in Altoona. For more information, call 944-9633.