Volume XXVIII Issue 14 December 5, 2002

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  Boogiehawg will take the stage Friday at the Lighthouse
Andie Petrini - A & E Editor

The Washington D.C.-based band Boogiehawg will perform Friday night at the Lighthouse in Elon.

The band has a smooth mix of jazz and reggae sounds that will make for a fun jam night at the bar. They combine several different instruments, including flute, sax and congas, on most of their songs for a north-of-Jamaica beat.

Boogiehawg’s three-song sampler features a blend of strong bass and horns. "Go Go Go" has a hard edge sound and guitar riffs.

"Real Fine Mess" is more relaxing than the title implies, and the band knows how to draw in a college crowd with lyrics that include "taking it easy tonight."

Any crowd will enjoy "Rise Above," which sounds like the band will interact with the audience and encourage them to sing.

Band members include Patrick Thornton on the bass and lead vocals, Nick Guitart on the trumpet, congas and vocals, Brett Kirby on the saxophone, flute and vocals, John Schucker on guitar and vocals, and Dave Previ on the drums and djembe.

The self-proclaimed funk band has been together since 1996, and has toured the East coast with acts including Vertical Horizon, Our Lady Peace, the Goo Goo Dolls, the Allman Brothers Band, Cypress Hill, Jennifer Page and the Pat McGee Band.

Washington Magazine named them a "favorite local band" and have performed in front of crowds as large as 35,000 people.

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