A Band of Randoms performs in Edwards
Jonah Wisneski spent years as a session musician performing with various bands, but there was always music of a different vein playing in the back of his head. That’s why he started his own group, called Jonah Wisneski & Band of Randoms. “I have learned so much from playing with other groups.” he said. “I still do love being involved in other bands, and it was in doing so that I was able to see how much this current music was inside me, waiting to be let out. Seeing other bands that I admire, helped me focus on sounds and ideas of my own, and I couldn’t be happier stepping out and letting my own voice/songs be heard.”The group will perform a free show tonight at Main St. Grill in Edwards. It’s the band’s first time performing locally and they’ll likely play songs from their new album, which will be released towards the end of the summer. Wisneski took the time to answer a few questions for the Vail Daily. Vail Daily: What musical acts did you tour/record/play with before you decided to do your own thing? Jonah Wisneski: In the past few years I spent time playing with Fox Street All Stars as their band was beginning, and also working with members of Yamn in various side projects. I spent a year touring with Boulder outfit Morsoul, and most recently, I’ve been playing occasionally with reggae rockers Ground Up. There is so much talent here in Colorado, and I’ve been fortunate to involved in the music scene.VD: You had some pretty big name musicians contribute to your recent record, which will be out soon. Tell us who took part. JW: I had many great musicians that were a part of this upcoming record. Most notably, Fox Street All Stars and Kinetix contributed a lot. We have been friends and colleagues for a long time, and it felt natural to get them involved. Another good friend who I met a few years back, was Nate Barnes (drums) of Rose Hill Drive. He came in and really meshed well with what I was doing. I had also met Bill McKay (piano) of Leftover Salmon around the same time, and having him in the studio was a real pleasure. Everyone involved brought so much to the table, both with musical personality, and working with my ideas creatively.VD: What can people expect from your show at Main St. Friday? JW: We’ve got a great album on the way, and the band is really hitting its stride live. Put your party pants on and come down.VD: How did you come up with your band name? JW: The band name seemed simple to me. I didn’t feel right coming up with a name on my own, and I had met so many different musicians and people, that it just felt like one of those chance occurrences where everything comes together randomly, thus Band of Randoms.VD: Where do you live? JD: I moved to Colorado from Maine in 2001. I spent time living and going to school in Boulder, and when my college bands fell apart, many musician friends convinced me that if I was serious about pursuing music, I should move to Denver. That was monumental in me playing for a living, and I couldn’t be happier with that decision. Denver (and Colorado in general), has an incredible music scene. It is supportive and communal, and without the help of such great friends in that scene, I know I wouldn’t be where I am today.High Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at 970-748-2984 or firstname.lastname@example.org.