Twiddle: ‘Goofy guys’ play feel-good music

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From Red Rocks to the Crown Room: Twiddle plays Saturday, Nov. 14, in the Crystal Bay Casino.
Photo by Dylan Langile

Crystal Bay is the place to be Saturday night, as Vermont’s Twiddle will headline a double concert with the Werks in what promises to be a fun-filled, jam-packed night of music, all for free.

Twiddle is Mihali Savoulidis (vocals, guitar), Ryan Dempsey (keys, organ, vocals), Brooke Jordan (drums, percussion, vocals) and Zdenek Gubb (bass, vocals).

Twiddle came together in 2004, when the lads met in their college years in Vermont and began playing and writing music together. Before long, the group was touring and recording, with such success that all but Dempsey decided to leave school to pursue the music.

Twiddle lays claim to a multi-faceted musical style, with a solid foundation of reggae and funk overlaid with elements of jazz, bluegrass, and more.

“We’re just trying to play feel good music, music with a positive message,” Savoulidis said. “Twiddle has a multi-genre approach to it, which keeps it interesting and keeps the songs from all sounding the same.”

The group’s sonic variety stems in part from the different influences and tastes of the members.

“We all come from different musical backgrounds,” Savoulidis said. “Pretty much someone will write a song and bring it to the band and lead the learning session. It always changes once everybody gets their hands on it.”

The group is keenly anticipating the release of its fourth album, entitled “Plump.” The first disc of the double album is scheduled for release on Dec. 9.

“We just had so much material that we had been playing live for two or three years that we felt needed to get on an album, and that pretty much filled up one and a quarter albums,” Savoulidis aid. “But we also really wanted to write some new material that we had never played live and get that on the album as well.”

Concertgoers will get a chance to hear this new material Saturday night, when Twiddle takes the Crown Room stage, along with their buddies the Werks. The two groups have been on “The Twerk Tour” for much of the fall, covering some new ground in the process (in case you’re wondering, there’s very little “twerking” to be had here; the title is an amalgamation of the names of the two bands).

“This is our first time touring the West Coast,” Savoulidis said. “We’ve played in L.A., we’ve played in Tahoe; we’ve played the West Coast before, but never on a big tour.”

The two bands are having a blast together on the road, both onstage and off. The groups have a bit of a history together, and the members have become fast friends over the years, according to Savoulidis and Chris Houser of The Werks.

“It’s a six-week tour, it’s been great, it’s been awesome,” Savoulidis said. “We’re really good friends with the Werks, they’re great guys. We’ve wanted to tour with them for a long time, so this has been a lot of fun.

“Both bands are pushing each other to play their best sets; I’d say it’s the best we’ve played in a long time.”

Twiddle is particularly looking forward to the Tahoe show.

“We played at Crystal Bay once (before),” Savoulidis said. “We have a ton of friends out there, being from Vermont a lot of people move to Tahoe or Colorado. Last time we played at Crystal Bay it was awesome.”

Given how much the Crown Room crowd appreciates an evening of funky jamming, it should be a fun night; Twiddle certainly thinks so.

“I think that’s the beauty of our show, the reason people like to come out and see us,” Savoulidis said. “Because anything can happen, we’re a bunch of goofy guys that love to have fun.”

Twiddle and the Werks
When: 9 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14
Where: Crown Room, Crystal Bay Casino
Tickets: Free

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