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THE POCKET

BETHESDA, MD

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Localband.net Member Since: May 3, 2006            Last Update: May 15, 2006
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Music types: Alternative, Ska
Description:
The Pocket is a distinctly original band that combines alternative rock with authentic reggae roots. This combination creates an international sound for today's selective audience. Incredible vocals, memorable lyrics and an infectious stage energy always leaves listeners wanting more. For the last two years, The Pocket has been touring the US and Jamaica. Recently, they were seen performing mainstage at the Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival with music icons Roberta Flack,Third World and Nora Jones. The Pocket also had the honor of showcasing the band at The Bob Marley 60th Anniversary Festival presented by Tuff Gong. During their 2005 Carribean tour, The Pocket lit up the Jamaican coastline as thousands of college spring breakers were blown away by the live performances at Margaritaville, Negril.


Band Members:
Washington DC based lead vocalist, Omar Teitelbaum, brings extraordinary talent and unmistakable character to both the studio and the stage. Originally from Jamaica, lead guitarist Terrence Brown, musically guides the group with his insightful presence and positive vibrations. Matt "Wonderboy" Wood, both keyboardist and rapper extraordinaire, fits into the groove perfectly along with dynamic 'lock it in the pocket' drummer, Patrick Tiglao, originally from Virginia/Phillipines. Thick bass, soulful saxophone and sultry background singers complete the band's tapestry of sound.

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Review from The Jamaican Gleaner Category: Writing and Poetry

Pocket Band complements poetry By Mel Cooke, Freelance Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Some big names were mentioned in their introduction ­ Paul Simon, Beenie Man, Luciano - but when the lead singer and one of two guitarists opened the first lines of Satisfy My Soul it was clear that they needed no props to rest upon. "My soul is older than the Dead Sea Scrolls/Don't care if you are driving a Benz or a Rolls," lead singer Omar sang in his distinctive voice and all sat up and took notice. Especially when they mixed down the music and Omar 'rode it' like a veteran.

The reggae influence was immediately obvious, but there was more than a hint of what is loosely called 'world music'.

Let Go of the Ghetto in Soweto was written from an experience travelling through South Africa around the time apartheid was officially ending. Omar put down his guitar, leaving the Jamaican born Big T to handle the strumming alone, as he settled into the song on a wicked reggae bassline. "They come from England and they think that they are pure/Land their ship on the Cape of Good Hope" Omar sang of the invaders.

They segued into the Willie Williams classic Armageddeon and Weekenz rocked along.

Rise Up, with references to places like Mozambique and Tibet, followed, then a swerve into R&B came with the start of We Will Never Be Unhappy Again - then came rock style guitars.

The sole poetic piece was The Second Half of My Life, in which "my crossover dribble/will be played by Iverson" and The Pocket Band stayed in the same vein with Headers. The anti-suicide song declared "Not go take no headers/not go jump off no bridge" in an unplugged style, most of the band taking a break as Big T supplied the music.

R&B segued into reggae on Lila Rose and a touching song done for Omar's sister's wedding followed. The audience listened carefully as they took it down and down on the refrain 'everything is OK', then applauded enthusiastically as the song ended.

The Pocket Band ended a very good set with Medicine, a ballad of lost love featuring an excellent guitar solo from Big T and two young ladies gave them a well deserved standing ovation.

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Alternate web site:  http://WWW.THEPOCKETBAND.COM
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