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Saturday, March 6, 2010

What to Do Tonight: Assembly of Dust

Posted By on Sat, Mar 6, 2010 at 7:49 AM

When Reid Genauer walked away from the folksy-jammy Strangefolk in 2000 after forming the Vermont band a decade earlier, he was ostensibly leaving to concentrate on family and to return to school. While pursuing these activities, Genauer soon felt music’s gravitational pull again and called on a handful of friends to help record a solo album he called Assembly of Dust. Genauer was so pleased with the results that he retained the band and christened it with the album title. Like Strangefolk, Assembly of Dust turned into a respected live entity, to the extent that Assembly of Dust’s sophomore album was a 2004 live set, The Honest Hour. That trend continued when the band released a handful of instant live albums from their 2005 tour (more than 200 of their performances are currently housed at archive.org). But the group also proved to be a fascinating and evolving studio unit on 2007’s Recollection and 2009’s Some Assembly Required. Genauer attempted to distance himself from the jam scene with Strangefolk and Assembly of Dust, but his new band continues to exert an undeniable attraction to jam-band fans, and it’s easy to hear why. They play Wilbert’s (812 Huron Ave., 216.902.4663, wilbertsmusic.com) at 10 p.m. Local jam-rockers Sultans of Bing open. Tickets: $15 advance, $17 day of show. — Baker

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