Tuesday, August 12, 2003
Lizard Lounge Residency - Cambridge, MA w/ Skills of Ortega
The Lizard Lounge
1667 Mass Ave., Cambridge
Lizard Lounge Residency!
JBE plays every Tuesday in August
Special guest: the Skills of Ortega
(Christine Baze's band)
More about the Skills of Ortega:
The Skills of Ortega is a collaborative project many years in the making. Christine Baze (lead vocals, piano, synth, songwriter), Stephen "Wacki" Serwacki (drums) and Dave Cronin (bass) have recently come together to create a project based on songwriting, grooves, and ambient textures.
Baze and Wacki met in 1998 and worked together periodically while each pursuing their own bands. Christine was involved in her original project, "christine baze" — singer/songwriter style with a pop flair, and Wacki with his long-standing band, "Boiler Room Six" — a Beastie Boy meets Rage Against the Machine rock. Fast friends and evil twins, Baze and Wacki committed to working together whenever they could.
In the spring of 2000, Wacki's band dismembered, and Baze was diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer — thus interrupting both musical careers. Wacki continued to work with other musicians while Baze fought the good fight — and won. In the winter of 2001, when the battle was over, Wacki and Baze decided to team up officially and create a new sound together.
Cronin, a member of Attic Stew for 7 years, then entered the picture. Cronin brings a rhythmic, driving groove to the band and rounds out this eclectic background of musicianship that makes up "The Skills of Ortega." The songs are melody based, down-tempo grooves that hook you as much as they move you.