Skerik, Charlie Hunter, And More To Transform Pop Hits Into Jazz As Omaha Diner

Skerik, Charlie Hunter, And More To Transform Pop Hits Into Jazz As Omaha Diner

first_img“If the song didn’t make it to number #1 on the Billboard pop charts, we don’t play it. That’s a guarantee,” is Omaha Diner’s motto. The unique concept sees the band taking pop hits and recreating them as funky jazz numbers. The supergroup is quite literally the sum of its parts, consisting of Skerik (saxophone), Charlie Hunter (guitar), Bobby Previte (drums), and Steven Bernstein (trumpet). While this is a crew of serious musicians, they also know how to have a damn good time when the opportunity to play together presents itself.Natalie Cressman Announces Album Release Party In NYC With Omaha DinerThe group has decided to get together for the first time since 2014, and will play New York City’s American Beauty on Saturday, March 24th, alongside the Natalie Cressman Band, who will be celebrating the Trey Anastasio Band trombone player’s latest solo effort, The Traces EP (purchase tickets here). We had a chance to ask the ever-enigmatic Skerik a couple of questions, and as always, his answers were most amusing.L4LM: How would you explain the amalgamation of sheer talent that is Omaha Diner?Skerik: The search for the principles governing the universe and help advance the evolution of humanity in accordance with them… finding ways of doing more with less to the end that all people everywhere can have more and more music”….(Buckminster Fuller quote)L4LM: It’s Omaha Diner’s first shows in a couple of years. Was there an urge to get back together and play some shows, or was it more of a timing issue with everyone’s schedules?Skerik: “There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.” (another Buckminster Fuller quote) We could not foresee our own future, so we booked a gig. Thankfully Natalie Cressman’s band is playing as well…L4LM: How did the band’s decision to play only #1 pop hits from the Billboard charts come to pass?Skerik: “I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.” (John Cage quote) We wanted to frighten John Cage, so the band was born.If those answers are any indication, this show is going to bring the weird, as Omaha Diner recreates their own version of songs from artists such as Bruno Mars, Adele, Beyoncé, and many more. The band also has a record that is available on vinyl and digital, which can be purchased at omahadiner.com.Tickets for the Omaha Diner  / Natalie Cressman show at American Beauty in NYC on March 24th are currently on sale and can be purchased here. For additional updates and show updates, check out the Facebook Event page.last_img

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