What exactly is 'waterbed' rock 'n' roll?

Staff reports

Internationally-ignored superstar Captain Midnight is the world’s only known purveyor of what he calls "waterbed rock 'n' roll.” He and the band play at Pisgah Brewing at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17. It's free.

"Waterbed rock 'n' roll,” as he describes it, is "crunchy rock guitar riffs, thick R&B grooves and soaring vocal harmonies (that) combine to create a unique, yet familiar landscape for suggestive, sci-fi imagery, blue humor and improvisational interplay."

His band's penchant for oddball improv, flavored by cast of willing players, has helped sneak the Captain Midnight Band through the back door of the hard-to-define jam music scene.

Captain Midnight's New Orleans roots are showing in the music he and the band will bring to Pisgah Brewing on Saturday.

The Captain Midnight Band's diverse appeal has resulted in club, theater and festival dates with such acts as Dark Star Orchestra, moe., Cypress Hill, The New Mastersounds, Jimmy Herring Band, Larry Keel, Cornmeal, NRPS, Del McCoury, Karl Denson, Col. Bruce Hampton, Keller Williams and TAUK.

The band has garnered flattering comparisons to genre-defying acts such as P-Funk, Frank Zappa and Ween. "The group simply throws down everything they've got in order to satisfy everyone who walks in the door," it claims.

Formed in New Orleans and now calling Nashville home, the Captain Midnight Band’s geographical migration is reflected in the music, bringing a touch of slick precision to the original funk foundations. It has plans for a studio album and live release next year. There's more at captainmidnightband.com.