Nathan-Paul Davis, a local musician who plays sax with the Akron funk/soul band the Admirables, has just announced plans to host a residency at the Happy Dog at the Euclid Tavern
. The first event takes place at 9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25.
“It's mainly about my original music and contributing to the scene and will feature a lot of my original music and other local acts I invite to sit in on a few tunes,” says Davis.
The Admirables came together a few years back when singer Wesley Bright (of the equally awesome Akron-based traditional soul group Wesley Bright and the Hi-Lites) asked Davis to put together a group to play Soul Shakedown for Wesley, a special birthday party. At the time, Davis thought it would be a one time thing. But the group carried on past that night and continues to be a force on the local scene.
Davis says he sees the Euclid Tavern residency as a way to extend the success he's already had on the local scene.
“I will have different special guests, but not at every one,” he says, adding that he’ll play sax and flute and might even indulge in a bit of beatboxing. “The first event will be me and a rhythm section. I might have a rapper on one or two tunes. I want to create a community thing. I’ll play mostly my originals. I’m hoping what will come out will be that it will create all sorts of things through collaboration. I plan to bring in guitarist Dan Wilson, who’s on the road with organist Joey DeFrancesco. He’ll play with me in March.”
The residency will take place on the last Thursday of every month and is tentatively slated to continue through June.
“I might keep it going after that,” says Davis. “Hopefully, it will get to the point where if it gets enough traction, other bands can play too. I want to create a scene and a party and a nice hang. Some people will come and drink and might talk over the music, which I don’t really want, but I want people to come and have a good time and hang.”