Band: Crystal Garden featuring Boyd Tinsley
Date: Saturday, July 29, with doors at 8 p.m.
Venue: The Merry Widow, 51 S. Conception St., www.themerrywidow.net
Tickets: $15 in advance/$18 day of show; available through Ticketfly
Many would consider Dave Matthews Band one of the most prolific musical groups to emerge from the ‘90s. Since the band’s early years, Boyd Tinsley has lent his violin to the band. With the group taking a break from touring this year, Tinsley decided to hit the road with his Crystal Garden project. In preparation, he spent two years searching for the best musicians, ultimately tapping Mycle Wastman (guitar/vocal), Charlie Csontos (bass) and Matt Frewen (drums) to fulfill his vision.
Crystal Garden will be performing cuts from its debut album, “Let the Rocks Cry Out.” This release boasts 11 tracks of mature rock sounds riddled with jazz influences. The eclectic nature of Crystal Garden’s sound is one of its most appealing aspects. However, the band maintains a smooth, mellow persona throughout the album’s 11 tracks. While listeners might pick up on sounds reminiscent of Dave Matthews Band, Crystal Garden exists in its own universe.