Rock & Pop, Seasonal Special Happenings

The Burning River Ramblers/Chris Milam/C-Level

When: Thu., March 13, 8 p.m. 2014

Crossing over years and the north-south freeways of this fair state, a group of young musicians managed to find one another among the bricks and burnt-umber fall leaves of Athens. That was awhile back by this point, and, as an homage to Northeast Ohio's infamous Cuyahoga, they called themselves the Burning River Ramblers. They began gigging at places like the Union and Jackie O's, mainstays among the music scene ensconcing Ohio University. A self-titled debut further established the Ramblers as a band fully capable of bringing listeners on a wonderful journey. Cheekily dubbed "Your friendly neighborhood alt/rock/funk/reggae/folk band," the band carved out a welcoming niche in Athens and soon brought the music north. Last year, the band released its sophomore outing, To Color a Fool, an album that emphasized the collaborative nature of its songwriting. Often enough, songs start out as seedlings brought in by one member. With the ethos of an improv-friendly jam band, the Ramblers riff on the ideas coming and going throughout rehearsal. The band has always emphasized a devotion to roots rock and the spirit of Americana music. That much is still very evident on the new album, though there's an openness to everything. Rather than, say, gathering 'round a fire amid Midwest shadows, the band's sound now calls to mind hanging out on the rooftop of some major American city — Cleveland, perhaps? — and casting eager eyes toward outstretched land and memories. (Eric Sandy)

Price: $7

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