Handing out tortillas to the crowd and opening for religious
mimes, local band Green Lemon has paid its musical dues during its
four years together. The band originally from Oklahoma City began
playing together in garages, its first gig being in a roofless tin
shack in the Oklahoma countryside.
After gaining local familiarity the five musicians: Lincoln
Greenhaw, guitar, Wayne Allen, guitar, Matt Fioravanti, bass,
Jonathan Cordero, keyboard, bongos, and Chris Cox, drums, moved to
Fort Collins to dive into the local music scene. They have been
featured at the Aggie Theatre several times as well as the
Mishawaka Amphitheater and were at one time the house band for
The band’s sound, a fusion of reggae, jam, acid jazz and
synthesized funk is unparalleled as it contains tone-shifts that
span several musical genres.
“I saw them a couple months ago at the Aggie and I was really
digging their reggae sound,” said semi-pro surfer Terry Gannon of
The Legends, after seeing Green Lemon in concert. “Then they
shifted into some kind of synthesized ’80s punk feel. It was crazy,
it produced an almost euphoric feel.”
Green Lemon has a rather engaging stage presence as its members
frequently dress in eccentric costumes including ’70s wigs and
mustaches and Native American attire. “They’re kind of like the
Village People after a really long bender,” said Tom Conway, a
senior natural resources recreation and tourism major.
David Burns, The Flaming Lips and Ween are just some of the
band’s influences and hints of The Talking Heads and Bob Marley can
be heard on its new self-titled CD available at ABCD’s and The
Finest. It can also be heard on KCSU.
The CD has been dubbed “a great album to make love to,” by
junior technical journalism major Ryan Hoisington.
“My girlfriend is coming up this weekend. She’s going to love
it,” he said.
Over the last couple of years, Green Lemon has been on tour,
playing venues in Wyoming, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Texas and
many venues within Colorado including Durango, Telluride and
Denver. Green Lemon regularly returns to Oklahoma to play sold-out
shows among itsinitial fan base. As the band’s tour continues, they
will be playing several dates in Arizona in January.
Green Lemon is an ambitious band, projecting as goals the Taj
Mahal and eventually the moon as target venues, saying, “Yanni did
it, we can do it too.”
OUTBOX: Green Lemon will play a free show this Saturday at the
Aggie. Doors open 8 p.m.