Nick Hexum: lead vocalist, guitarist of 311 and TNHQ.
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The Nick Hexum Quintet
311 frontman's side project brings spirited funky jazz to Columbus
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Zack Hexum: backing vocalist and multi-instrumentalist of TNHQ.
The only thing missing last night at The A&R Music Bar was the smell of Cajun food and a warm southern Gulf Coast
breeze. Fronted by 311 lead vocalist/guitarist Nick Hexum, The Nick Hexum Quintet's theme of the New Orleans' jazz
sound was dominant, but the band's music also carried elements comparable to the experimental acid jazz of Frank
Zappa, the influential progressive rock style of King Crimson and the murky psychedelic characteristics of Pink Floyd.
Comparisons aside, each live song performance held it's own through fusing the multi-genre influences together with
solid funk rhythms--a distinct departure from 311's reggae-hip-hop-rock mashup approach.
Live performances of tracks from Hexum's solo debut My Shadow Pages (What Have You Records) proved that the
group is looser, more tenacious and more varied on stage than in the studio. Breakdowns with overlapping solos in the
fashion of a jam band showcased each member's extensive musical experience throughout the set with Nick Hexum
on lead vocals and guitar, his brother Zack Hexum on sax, guitar and keys, percussionist Andy Sanesi, bassist Andres
Rebellon and keyboardist Luke Miller.
During the set, fans waved their hands 'high' to a short cover of The Beatles' "With A Little Help From My Friends"
and sang along to reworked 311 tracks "My Stoney Baby" (Music), "Lose" (Grassroots) and "Don't Dwell" (Evolver).
With 311 remaining Hexum's main priority and having a new 311 album planned for release this year, The Nick Hexum
Quintet is only stopping in a handful of cities with five more dates scheduled this month. See Dates.