Aug. 07--Adam Ezra is a busy man of music.
As we talk, he's making the trek from Buzzards Bay to Maine for a gig amidst a series of performances. He and his band, The Adam Ezra Group, are due at The Cape Cod Melody Tent in Hyannis on Sunday to provide tunes, along with Entrain, for the venue's first Brewers festival. But before that, he's got seven performances in a little over a week, and he also just played for local audiences at the Cape Cod Canal centennial celebration and at The Beachcomber in Wellfleet.
The Boston-based group is a band that focuses heavily on touring and making its live performances an experience rather than a simple concert. With this mindset, the group has played hundreds of shows in the past decade or so, including ones alongside well-known acts such as Jason Mraz, The Avett Brothers and the Goo Goo Dolls.
Ezra has had the aspiration of performing live since he was young, and many of his influences stem from his childhood as well.
"My mom is a folk musician, so I grew up listening to a lot of folk artists," Ezra says.
As a child, Ezra was enthralled with the sounds of folk music's greats, like Simon and Garfunkel, Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan. He says that they taught him a lot about songwriting.
"And then in high school I learned about a band called Led Zeppelin," Ezra says jokingly.
Ezra's diverse inspirations are a testament to the diversity of the music he and his band play. In the years prior to the band's formation in 2002, it was just Ezra crooning with a guitar, but he soon added a slew of soulful musicians to the mix.
"I play in a band that's got diverse individuals, and everyone's got their own style," Ezra says.
The first to join him was a percussionist that goes by the name "Turtle." Good friends, the two were able to meld their personal styles and backgrounds to create the beginnings of The Adam Ezra Group.
Then came Josh Gold, who joined the band about 10 years ago. He also happens to be Ezra's cousin. Following Gold, the band's drummer, Alex Martin was added about three years ago. Finally, only a year ago, Corinna Smith, the band's fiddler, and Francis Hickey, who plays bass, joined the ranks.
The band has "evolved slowly over time," Ezra says.
But the group isn't locked into the titles that others give the band, he notes. Although it has a strong roots influences, he says that the group's sound is always morphing into something new.
"The awesome thing about music is it's not a static art form and we're always changing," Ezra says. And with each album, the band creates something different.
A Boston band through and through, much of Adam Ezra Group's music and videos reflect the city, especially in the band's single "The Devil Came up to Boston." In the song, played to the tune of the southern hit "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," the Devil takes the body of a Yankees fan and plays out an interaction with a fan of the Boston Red Sox.
The group's ties to Boston and Massachusetts as a whole bring the group to the Cape quite often. Ezra says the group is looking forward to playing its first brewers festival and its first time at the Melody Tent.
In its inaugural year, the Melody Tent Brewers Festival will feature more than 20 varieties of beer (microbrews included) for sampling. Brewers such as Blue Moon, Narragansett and Sam Adams will be in attendance. The price of admission to the festival includes beer samples.
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