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March 27, 2014

A musical FiKus grows in Williamsport

When it comes to trees, each variety has its own distinctive qualities that make them unique.

Pines are evergreen, dogwoods are colorful and ficus sound darn good.

Tomorrow, the Bullfrog Brewery in downtown Williamsport welcome the New Jersey-based band FiKus for an evening of unrestricted, electronically-infused music that is a hybrid of jam, jazz, rock and a strong dose of style, freedom and ambition.

“We’ve been together for about 10 years and over that time our music has grown and evolved with each gig we play,” said Pete Kozak, percussionist for the band which is comprised of longtime friends.

‘‘It’s difficult to describe our music. Eclectic sounds too much of a cliché — it can be edgy, raw, synthesized and many other styles. Electronic-rock gives you the idea of what we do.”

Performing across the East Coast, FiKus is more than five friends making some noise. These guys have the (overused adjective) passion when it comes to their music or music in general.

“I can’t imagine doing anything else but music,” Kozak said. “That’s why we perform mostly originals with a few covers added. Depending on where we play — that has influence on what songs we’ll play that night. We just played our first show at a university in Delaware so the music was more wild for a crowd like that.”

Kozak said their music appeals to a wide range of ages and styles.

According to the band’s website (www.FiKusband.com) the band is a synthesis of analog and digital sounds that combines progressive melodies with infectious grooves, electronic beats and edgy vocals to form their own signature style of music, something they refer to as electro funk-rock.

With a voice filled with determination, drive and a dash of hipster coolness, Kozak was meant to be a musician in the spotlight, impressing audiences with the band’s style and multi-layered original music.

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