Santa Cruz Good Times

Tuesday
Sep 02nd
Text size
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

Five Eyed Hand

music_LYLBFiveEyedHand

When guitarist Chris Zanardi dishes out the inside scoop on his band Five Eyed Hand, there’s no shortage of quirky band member details befitting the ensemble’s fusion psychedelic-meets-funk soundscape. Drummer Derek Bodkin isn’t just an anomalous frontman from behind the kit, he’s also an award-winning professional whistler (he performs a whistle solo on the song “Good Mood Trot”). Bassist Jeb Taylor was struck by lightning as a child while hiking the Himalaya (“I think it messed up his vocals during his adolescent years and he’s the only member that doesn’t sing,” Zanardi laughs). Violinist Mike Henderson is known to untraditionally whip out the slide here and there (“He’s a virtuoso that plays everything from classical to rock”). With each member brandishing his own extensive resume of projects, Five Eyed Hand formed in 2006 to boast a motley crew of experiences and styles that continues to go strong. From sexy funk to beastly bluegrass jams to precise jazz instrumentals, the quartet hits Don Quixote’s with Marco Benevento on Friday, Dec. 3.

The band just got back to town from an Oregon tour, recently played alongside the Mother Hips and Yonder Mountain String Band in Yosemite, and is about to release a new studio album. “We’re firing on all cylinders with a lot of good energy right now,” Zanardi tells me on the phone during his drive to the Pinnacles. “We’re the little band that could; the slow turtle, but we’re not going away.” With Zanardi composing most of the instrumental numbers and Bodkin filling in singer/songwriter duties, Five Eyed Hand has grown its cache of songs to the point where a three-night run can rock out without repeating a tune. Taylor’s throbbing bass lines are a driving force on stage, while Henderson’s monster solos on the mini-strings are head-turning. With multi-instrumental wizardry popping up in all corners of the stage during a set, as synthesizer, banjo, and even ukulele now make their way into the hands of the players, Five Eyed Hand catches audiences off guard with an avant-garde mosaic of skills. (Photo Credit: Kimberley Bermender)

 

 


INFO: 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3. Don Quixote’s, 6275 Hwy 9, Felton. $12. 603-2294. fiveeyedhand.com.

 

Comments (2)Add Comment
...
written by Elizabeth Epsha, November 24, 2010
Thanks for the great article on this wonderful band that's been one of the best kept secrets in Santa Cruz and the Bay Area (until now!)! The only way it could be better is if the photo were credited. The wonderful art direction and photography should be attributed to Kimberley Bermender of Mageni Photography.
Churn the Churn!!!
written by ShawnMan, November 24, 2010
Love these guys! Do yourself a favor and go see them, you'll love it!

Write comment
smaller | bigger

busy
 

Share this on your social networks

Bookmark and Share

Share this

Bookmark and Share

 

Mercury Enters Libra

It’s the week of Burning Man, the temporary, intentional, alternative, art-filled community on the playas of Nevada. Mercury, messenger of the Sun, enters Libra this week. Libra is the equalizer, a sign of balance and right human relations. Sometimes with Libra, we can be indecisive and confused while learning how to make balanced and right choices. Sometimes to keep the peace we communicate only what others want to hear. Eventually, we learn how to speak from the heart.

 

Final Cut

Cedar Street Video to close after 10 years at downtown location

 

Banter and Spark

Engaging actors, wry script distinguish lightweight rom-com ‘What If’

 

Back to Silicon Beach

With a new wave of startups, the future of Santa Cruz tech looks more promising than ever
Sign up for Good Times weekly newsletter
Get the latest news, events

RSS Feed Burner

 Subscribe in a reader

 

Foodie File: Beer Thirty

Cups runneth over at Soquel’s new beer garden

 

What’s the nicest thing you’ve done for someone this week?

Germany  |  Beekeeper

 

Best of Santa Cruz County

The 2013 Santa Cruz County Readers' Poll and Critics’ Picks It’s our biggest issue of the year, and in it, your votes—more than 6,500 of them—determined the winners of The Best of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll. New to the long list of local restaurants, shops and other notables that captured your interest: Best Beer Selection, Best Locally Owned Business, Best Customer Service and Best Marijuana Dispensary. In the meantime, many readers were ever so chatty online about potential new categories. Some of the suggestions that stood out: Best Teen Program and Best Web Design/Designer. But what about: Dog Park, Church, Hotel, Local Farm, Therapist (I second that!) or Sports Bar—not to be confused with Bra. Our favorite suggestion: Best Act of Kindness—one reader noted Café Gratitude and the free meals it offered to the Santa Cruz Police Department in the aftermath of recent crimes. Perhaps some of these can be woven into next year’s ballot, so stay tuned. In the meantime, enjoy the following pages and take note of our Critics’ Picks, too, beginning on page 91. A big thanks for voting—and for reading—and an even bigger congratulations to all of the winners. Enjoy.  -Greg Archer, EditorBest of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll INDEX

 

A Cab To Be Coveted

I first tasted Villa del Monte’s 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon at a Fourth of July party, where the hosts had bought a case of it because they love it and didn’t want to run out. It’s one of those wines that will grab you—in the best way—with its full body and rich fruit characteristics.