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A San Francisco treat meets guitar histrionics

Andrew Harley
Special to the DailyTea Leaf Green brings its San Francisco based jams to Half Moon Saloon tonight. The band has played 75 shows on its 2003 tour, and its popularity stems from home, where it's sold out the Great American Music Hall twice and Slim's once.

Rice-a-Roni and Tea Leaf Green undoubtedly have nothing in common, aside from San Franciscan roots. Regardless, the band boasts a live show full of the energy and build-and-release freedom of a jam band, which switches emphasis to orchestrated lyrical ballads.

The band’s four members are all California natives, including hollow-bodied guitarist Josh Clark, drummer Scott Rager, bassist Ben Chambers, who works with Rager to create solid rhythms and straight-forward bass lines, and keyboardist Trevor Garrod.

Unlike the majority of jam bands, Tea Leaf Green describes its music as bringing a more aggressive and progressive, rock style to the jam-band table.

The band has shared the stage with a variety of musical acts, including Steve Kimock, Particle, Jazz Mandolin Project, The Radiators and Leftover Salmon.

Tea Leaf Green and Eric McFadden Trio play Half Moon Saloon in West Vail tonight at 10. For more information, call the venue at 476-4314.

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Andrew Harley can be contacted at (970) 949-0555 ext. 610 or at aharley@vaildaily.com.

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