WILLIAMSPORT — Poetic lyrics, emotional vocals and a strong dose of blues are the components for a musical experiment that will come to life tonight in Williamsport. And if all goes well, an evening of cool tunes will ensue, thanks to the wayward sounds of the Wayfarer Experiment.
From the land of Amish farms and outlet stores, the Lancaster-based band will make its area debut at the Bullfrog Brewery where they hope to impress the crowd with music they descriptively call a mash-up of new grass, folk fusion and acoustic trip hop — sounds of all cultures with roots firmly planted in the blues.
“Our name came to me when and I was driving around thinking of a band name for a group that has no permanent members,” said Bjorn Jacobsen, a musical multi-tasker taking on the mandolin, harmonica, guitar, vocals and the music world’s most picked upon instrument, the banjo. “Experiment was a better word than ‘band’ and ‘Wayfarer’ was perfect for two reasons, the drifting members and the lifestyle my friend and I were living.”
That revolving door of musicians is the unexpected wildcard with the band that keeps their sound and musical style ever-changing and evolving as new song styles and ideas infuse the band with newness on a regular basis.
At the very core of Wayfarer Experiment is a base-sound inspired by such eclectic acts as Jerry Garcia, Old Crow Medicine Show, Trampled by Turtles and Jimi Hendrix.
While none of the band members have ever hopped a ride on a westbound train to explore the wonders of the world, wisdom and wild women, their music tends to have that vagabond sound.
“I think somebody should see the show because it’s a cultural punch to the face. From bluegrass to klezmer, it’s all over the place,” he said. “The musicians involved only want to entertain you and will bleed for it.”