NEW ULM - String Theory is more than just a theoretical physicist's dream. It is also the name of a band that has earned a lot of fans playing on the stages at the Grand Kabaret and Morgan Creek Vineyard.
The trio, which plays an odd style of music they laughingly call "Jazz-Blues-Rock Fusion," has recorded a CD, "What's the matter with Captain Gravitone," that it will be highlighting in its appearances this coming week. The band is playing Sunday a Morgan Creek Vineyard's Sunday Brunch from noon to 2 p.m., and will be playing Friday at the Grand Kabaret.
The band include Eli Hoehn on banjo and vocals, Jason Helder on guitar, vocals and bass, and Wayne Schmidt on guitar and bass. On the CD they were joined by Jim Plattes on four of the ten songs.
Nine of the ten songs were written by the group, which has been playing together about a year.
The group writes its songs in a communal manner, said Schnmidt and Hoehn in an interview this week.One of them will bring a musical idea to a rehearsal and all three will bounce it around, add their own twists and ideas until they get an idea of how it should be.
"We say it was written by the person who brought in the idea," said Hoehn.
The band experiments with different styles, mixing and matching where they feel appropriate.
"We have one song based on Dvorak's 'New World Symphony' with a cowboy beat," said Hoehn.
The group enjoys playing at Morgan Creek and the Grand Kabaret. "We wish there were a lot more places like the Grand Kabaret, but then it wouldn't be so special," said Schmidt.They like the crowds at the Grand, who come to listen to the music and are enthusiastic with their appreciation.
They will be joined at the Grand by violinist Lehi Hoehn of New(no relation to Eli).