SOUNDING OFF ON SOUNDS | Casual Wednesdays


Premiere power trio Casual Confusion may finally have gained the kind of traction that inexplicably has eluded them these past years. While there’s no such thing as a literal overnight success, if anybody ever qualified it was this outfit.

When they debuted in 2011, they blew minds so badly crowds went crazy and some headliners refused to let the band on the same bill. Led by Colin Hodges, legitimate heir to the legacy of — sacrilegious as it is to say — Jimi Hendrix, they played exactly that serious. Further heresy, in some ways, they are an improvement on the Experience. Face it, as incredible an axeman as Jimi was, his strength was building songs — great as they were — on a riff and he wouldn’t’ve drawn flies on the strength of his vocals alone.

Hodges writes richly melodic material, the newer stuff being truly eyebrow-raising and is a fine vocalist. The problem was it was simply too hard for audiences to find the band on a regular basis except at home, playing the kick-ass-and-take-names album Casual Confusion on the stereo. Well, that was then and this is when you catch them each week at least through the end of August at Bullwinkle’s Saloon for Casual Wednesdays.

No, that does not merely mean dress down. It means come down and catch some of the meanest, cleanest, blow the walls of the joint rock music since, well You-Know-Who. Bullwinkle’s Saloon, 1429 Washington Ave. So. 9 p.m. July 2 – Aug. 28. No cover.

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