Proxy Moon (full band!) is joined by You You You (Pat & Kathleen Minor) for an evening of raucous bad behavior & good tunes. Come on down. Ten bucks, American at the door. Luna’s is our favorite joint. Art will treat ya good.
Photo of PM by Phil Kampel; photo of YYY by PG.
PROXY MOON’s music is rooted in folk, jazz, blues, country – fundamentally American music with an emphasis on original songs featuring strong, interesting lyrics and melodies delivered with spirited musicianship. They’ve been described by turns as esoteric, poetic, and irreverent, with a bit of a burlesque thrown for good measure.
Comprised of a core group of five multi-instrumentalist musicians with diverse backgrounds, the band is at home in virtually any genre, and delivers it with a bit of an edge, utilizing both traditional and non-traditional instruments, including one made up of a ball-peen hammer and a heavy iron coupler, popularly known as “the junk”.
Aaron Davis of the Sacramento Bee captured a certain sense of the band this way:
“Yes, ‘junk’ is a genre. Proxy Moon, a five-piece local outfit, has a jazz-rooted sound that is sweet and smoky, with the perfect amount of rustic wear. It’s as if the quintet refused to vacate a Chicago martini lounge when the wrecking ball tore through it, staying with the rubble all the way to the scrapyard and not skipping a beat under a desolate moonlit sky.”
Sacramento Bee, March 18, 2015
The band has been compared to such artists as Tom Waits, Joe Henry, Jolie Holland, and Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks.
Members include Patrick Grizzell, songwriting, guitar and vocals; Steve Bird, upright bass; Ann Wherry, vocals and various instruments; Ingrid Peters, violin and saw; and Chris hall, sax and flute.