Jammin’ in the new year

Rock ‘n’ roll New Year’s Eve at Oddbody’s

By Josher Lumpkin

Photo: Blue Moon Soup will perform as Red Sun Pasta at Oddbody’s New Year’s Eve; photo: Tom Wickstrom

The new year always brings with it the potential and promise that can only be seen through a lens that combines anticipation with hindsight. We consider the lessons we learned from the past and apply the knowledge gained to foresee that which has yet to come. New Year’s Eve symbolizes that intermediate space between our past and our future. It is on that special night that we raise our glasses in celebration of both the year behind us and the as yet unrealized tomorrow that dawns at midnight.

This New Year’s Eve, Oddbody’s is hosting a party featuring four grooving rock bands that will provide a funky soundtrack to your celebrations. The show, headlined by Cleveland’s Yosemight, will also feature Blue Moon Soup (playing as Red Sun Pasta), The Goods and The Mainline Funk.

“This is our first gig at Oddbody’s,” James Cavender, vocalist and guitarist of The Mainline Funk, said. “We’re very excited.”

“I actually played there 20-some years ago when it was McGuffy’s,” Cavender continued. “It was actually my first gig ever. So that was an experience. That place was rock ‘n’ roll heaven! Rock ‘n’ roll royalty have been there.”

Oddbody’s owner Neil Hixson wants to continue the legacy of this piece of rock history.

“I think generally what we do is we look at any date as an individual date,” he explained. “Obviously, New Year’s Eve is potentially an amazing bar night, but, potentially, it’s not, too. There’s a lot of competition out there. There’s a lot of social activity both in the bar scene and in people’s homes that you’re competing with.”

Hixson continued, “But I think it’s always contingent on the quality of talent you’re bringing in. So if we have a show that we truly believe will make New Year’s Eve pop, like any other holiday of the year … Thanksgiving Eve, and some of those other big bar nights, I think if the quality of the entertainment that you’re putting on stage justifies doing the show, then, yes, we will do the show. But really what we look at is … we really look at the quality of the entertainment that we put on stage first.”

Luke Bergan, guitarist and vocalist of Yosemight, is also excited about the party. “This will be our first time hosting our very own New Year’s party, and we’re grateful it’s in a town with such a thriving music scene like Dayton,” Bergan said. “We’ve had a great response the last couple times we’ve played in the area. We’re looking forward to adding some theatrical twists to the show to make it an extra spicy night for the fans. We’ve assembled a great lineup, with vending, as well, to give people more than a regular bar night out. New Year’s is the holiday everyone looks forward to every year. We’ve been brainstorming hard to ensure this will be an event all Daytonians will want to attend as they coast into 2015.”

Jon Bauman, who plays standup bass and sings for Blue Moon Soup (or Red Sun Pasta, as they are billing themselves for this show), echoed these sentiments of enthusiasm.

“We played [on New Year’s Eve] in Columbus last year, and Cleveland before that, but this year will be the first year at home,” Bauman said. “Normally, we’re like a string band, but we’re gonna be kind of mixing it up for this show and doing more folksy kind of stuff, and then we’re probably going to try to do some rock ‘n’ roll, as well. It’s gonna be a little different this time, I think, just for fun.”

“This is actually our first New Year’s show,” The Mainline Funk’s Cavender said. “I’ve made it a tradition to not play New Year’s, just because I like to party! So this is gonna be the exception to the rule and maybe the beginning of something annual.”

“Dayton’s scene is really coming along over the last three or four years,” Cavender continued excitedly. “It’s starting to catch on, I think. There are a lot of good bands around here, and I think that’s the reason. I think it’s because we have basements here. You give your kids an instrument and you tell ’em ‘Go play that in the basement!’”

Giving us an idea of what to expect at the party at Oddbody’s, Red Sun Pasta’s Jon Bauman said, “It sounds cliché, but, on New Year’s Eve, people reflect on the last year, and they think about a new year. People are always making New Year’s resolutions and all that. So that all plays into it. New Year’s parties are always pretty balls to the wall. People seem to really go for it.”

Yosemight, Red Sun Pasta (Blue Moon Soup), The Mainline Funk and The Goods will perform on Wednesday, Dec. 31 at Oddbody’s, 5418 Burkhardt Road, in Dayton. Admission is $10 in advance, $12 at the door, for patrons 18+. Doors open at 7 p.m. For more information, please visit yosemight.com and find Blue Moon Soup and The Mainline Funk on Facebook.

Reach DCP freelance writer Josher Lumpkin at josherlumpkin@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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Josher Lumpkin is a nursing student and aspiring historian who enjoys writing about music and geekdom of all kinds. He is especially fond of punk rock, tabletop gaming, sci-fi/fantasy and camping with his wife, Jenner, and their dogs, Katie and Sophie. Reach him at JosherLumpkin@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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