Assembly of Dust - Wakarusa Music Festival

2007 Artist Lineup

Assembly of Dust

Reid Genauer formed the Assembly of Dust with members of Groovechild, Percy Hill, and Moon Boot Lover in 2002, after himself spending 10 years fronting the Vermont-based band Strangefolk. While Genauer likes to refer to the music he makes with Assembly of Dust as “hick funk,” it has been compared to the likes of Paul Simon, CSNY, and The Band. Drummer Andy Herrick and bassist/backing vocalist John Leccese lend the band a funky, almost Motown vibe, while Wilson’s rolling keys drop in jazz references. Guitarist/backing vocalist Adam Terrell, meanwhile, is the musical glue that holds it all together. And judging by the cast of musicians that have joined AOD on stage, the band must be doing something right. Members of Phish, Spearhead, Cake, moe., String Cheese Incident, The Allman Brothers, The Grateful Dead, and The Talking Heads have all stopped by jam along with the quartet. And part of doing things right, according to Genauer, is finding that balance between structure and improv, closing that divide between the recorded and live realms. The band’s newest album, The Honest Hour, is one of many recorded projects in which the band attempts to do this. “But with the live performance,” Genauer says, “having some element of improv keeps it interesting for the audience and for the players. So I don’t think we will ever get away from that. You want to serve up a four-course meal in terms of your musical offerings: rich live shows and rich recordings both demand a unique blend of creativity and structure. A lot of bands just come up and serve steak and that’s it. We’re trying to deliver a well-balanced musical diet.”

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