Second Third

Location: R.A. Fountain

Our promo for this concert:

Saturday night’s jazz show marks a return engagement to Fountain for Second Third, whose name pays homage to beat writer Neal Cassady’s autobiography.

The band includes Bo Lankenau on 6- and 12-string acoustic guitars and harmonica; Robert Siegel on alto sax, flutes, harmonica and kalimba; Steven Coon on electric and acoustic guitars; and Jim Salmonson on percussions.

Lankenau grew up in Chappaqua, NY, where as a teenager he taught himself to play guitar. He has lived in and played music in San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Dallas, Tex. He has developed an original style of playing guitar exclusively in altered tunings, with an emphasis on complex fingerstyle rhythms.

Siegel played jazz, blues, rock, and folk for many years in the San Francisco Bay area, where he also worked as a composer with Danny Grossman of the Paul Taylor Dance Company and recorded with Seattle-based Peace Bread and Land. Around Greenville, where he is a professor of creative writing at ECU, he has played with Mike Hamer and Lightnin’ Wells.

Coon, a native of Southern California, recently moved to the Triangle. He has toured and recorded with several groups based in the southwest U.S. and has most recently played with the up-and-coming blues guitarist Ben Robinson. He operates his own music gear and gift shop.

Salmonson grew up in North Carolina but has spent considerable time in Nashville, Tenn., working on various jazz recording projects.

Second Third performs original jazz that mixes bop, Afro-Caribbean, pop, and modern elements. “They’re a fine group of musicians who put on a big city kind of jazz show,” said Alex Albright, Fountain General Store proprietor. “We sometimes get typed as a bluegrass-only kind of venue, but we have some good crowds, too, for shows of this high quality.”

Tags: Concert, jazz