Weekend Ahead: Dec. 26-28

For the end of the year, Iâ??d like to hand out the one present I have to give: exposure. This column can serve as the little drummer boy for someoneâ??s unheard tune. And so, at random, I have selected a band that has gone unnoticed by our editorial plutocracy over this townâ??s trendsetters. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Mudrooster.

Formed a little over a year ago, Mudrooster is the brainchild of guitarist-vocalist Dave DeQuasie. He created the band while playing solo gigs out in Minneola. DeQuasie, who started playing in 1972, moved to the area in â??88. â??I started out doing the commercial gigs,â?� he says. Weddings, parties, playing everything from classic rock to Top 40, Dave was a slave to corporate tastemakers. â??I was doing a lot of the things musicians have to do to make money.â?�

Finally, after years of soul-selling and lineup changes, DeQuasie reached a financial plateau that allowed him to dive into the kind of music that inspired him in the first place. â??I wanted to do more music from my childhood.â?� Together with his bandmates, Jim Young on bass and Brian Disbro on drums, he studied other trios in the area and developed the format for their rock monster.

â??The idea,â?� says DeQuasie, â??was to focus more on British blues.â?� Thus, Mudroosterâ??s set list is heavy with Deep Purple, Jethro Tull, Foghat and good olâ?? Slowhand.

Which is not to say they ignore the Americans entirely. Songs by Buddy Guy, Elmore James and Johnny Winter pepper their performances.

DeQuasieâ??s goal isnâ??t so much to become a great songwriter in his own right. â??Iâ??m more of an arranger than a writer,â?� he confesses. But that doesnâ??t mean he doesnâ??t want to get around. â??Iâ??d like to play every place in town, not just blues joints.â?� DeQuasie would like to score more biker gigs; fitting, given that their moniker comes from the streak of mud often tailing bikers.

For now, youâ??ve got a long holiday weekend, and theyâ??ve got a show. Go out and get acquainted. (9 p.m. Friday at Tom and Jerryâ??s Lounge, 1117 N. Orlando Ave., Winter Park; $5; 407-647-6519)


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