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Hot Ticket: The bassist and his band

Published June 30, 2005

Few jam band bassists are as busy as Oteil Burbridge, the former Aquarium Rescue Unit mainstay who joined the Allman Brothers Band in 1997.

Burbridge, a Washington, D.C., native, was heavily influenced by funk and jazz players, and in recent years he has toured, recorded and/or guested with Gov't Mule, Gregg Allman, Allman side project Frogwings, Vida Blue (with Phish keyboardist Page McConnell and Funky Meters drummer Russell Batiste), Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio, and drummers Dennis Chambers and Steve Smith.

Burbridge, a bassist's bassist able to wield his six-string for sturdy anchor lines, colorful chords and tricky improvisations, brings his own band, the Peacemakers, to Skipper's Smokehouse on Saturday night. The Family Secret, the group's second CD, was released in 2003. The All Music Guide called the CD "an improv-laced disc of nuanced fusion and jam band funk."

Oteil Burbridge and the Peacemakers, with the Ralph Roddenberry Band, perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12 advance, $15 day of show. (813) 977-6474.

[Last modified June 29, 2005, 09:43:07]

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