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Published on July 18th, 2017 | by Brittain Thompson

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The Captain Midnight Band Lands at Proud Larrys’ July 21

Internationally-ignored superstar, Captain Midnight is the world’s only known purveyor of “Waterbed Rock & Roll”. Since adopting the “persona” back when Clinton was in office, musician Joshua Cooker’s artistic vision has endured broken bones, natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and more drummers than Spinal Tap, all to entertain your crazy ass.

What is “Waterbed Rock & Roll”? It’s kind of like Memphis Soul Stew with lasers, pointy guitars, and a bit of adult humor. Midnight combines crunchy rock guitar riffs, thick r&b grooves, and soaring vocal harmonies to create a unique, yet familiar landscape for his suggestive, sci-fi imagery, and improvisational interplay.

The group’s penchant for oddball improv, along with a rotating cast of killer players have helped sneak them through the back door of the hard-to-define “Jam Scene”. The band’s diverse appeal has resulted in club, theater, and festival dates with such acts as Cypress Hill, Dark Star Orchestra, moe., The New Mastersounds, Jimmy Herring Band, Larry Keel, Cornmeal, Earphunk, David Gans, Col. Bruce Hampton, Keller Williams, Del McCoury Band, Karl Denson, and many more.

The first incarnation of the band was formed in New Orleans, but a post-Hurricane Katrina move to Nashville, Tennessee allowed for more centralized touring, bigger networking opportunities, and a wider regional circle in which to freak. Flattering comparisons to genre-defying acts such as P-Funk, Frank Zappa, and Ween are evident in the relationship between band and audience, where a true energetic exchange is crafted and nurtured.

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Brittain is an associate editor of The Local Voice, ex-journalism student, and bad noise maker from the highway town of Brandon, MS.



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