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Elijah Shiffer and the Robber Crabs
Jun 20, 2018 @ 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm$10
Elijah Shiffer – alto sax
Brian Simontacchi – trombone
Jeff McLaughlin – guitar
Marty Kenney – bass
Tim Rachbach – drums
Elijah Shiffer and the Robber Crabs combine the influences of early jazz and avant-garde jazz. We feel that the excitement and humor of these styles is mutually compatible. Our music builds on the foundations of early blues, Dixieland, and swing, subverting these styles with a punk attitude and groove and often a surrealistic edge. It’s often difficult to tell which of our songs are original compositions and which are old jazz standards of the 1910s and ‘20s, as some of the originals are in that style and our arrangements of the standards are frequently highly off-kilter. The band is named after a species of crab that lives on remote tropical islands and can rip open coconuts with its claws.