Mexicali Live – Teaneck NJ
This past Thursday, Particle and Shwizz co-headlined Mexicali Live in a two team tutorial on everything jazz and funk. Shwizz is a young six piece featuring Gerson Rosen on trumpet, Brad Pfiefer on trombone and 2 percussionists- Andy Boxer and Paul Hollands,Â along with Ryan Liatsis AKA Shwizz on guitar,andÂ lead bass. Their bass player, Frankie Coda, is one of the most dynamic players in the tri-state area,and primed to be the next Bootsy Collins. For their last tune at Mexicali, Shwizz was joined by Particle’s Steve Molitz for a heavy jazz rendition of Pink Floyd’s “Have a Cigar” (see video below). Shwizz has been quickly rising from side stage to main stage during the past year. Fans and other musicians have taken , notice,especially after their explosive set, and after-hours jams with Fikus and The Fundimensionals at Catskill Chill. They will be playing with Dopapod at Stanhope House in NJ on October 26th.
Next Particle brought out the stars as their stage lighting featured twinkling stars on a black backdrop. Per the usual a rotating local guitarist sits in with the trio and Thursday night’s guest guitarist was Scott Metzger,Â DrummerÂ Brandon Draper may be the single fastest beat dropper on earth- it was truly jaw dropping to watch and hear him play. Check out some of Particle with Metzger from Archive.org