Artist of the day: On Carlton Row
The sax is one reason New Port Richey's On Carlton Row -- singer/guitarists Aaron Blake and Joe Roma, bassist Jacob Cook, drummer Zack Hale and saxophonist Henri de la Vega - could be compared to Dave Matthews Band or Phish. The noodly, meandering jazz-folk-fusion is a better one.
Blake and Roma, who work together at Publix, cowrite the band's music around riffs generated by Roma, and the classically trained band -- three members are current or former music students at the University of South Florida --
"Most recently we have been described as 'funky rockabilly,' though I still don't know how accurate that is," Roma said. "Aaron's and my goal was always to surround ourselves with amazing musicians, and we certainly have."
On Saturday night, check out On Carlton Row at an unconventional venue, Venom Custom Choppers and Grill, 7430 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. Free.