Austin Jam History: Koodookoo's 1st Album Release

Photo by:  Melissa Bordeau

Photo by: Melissa Bordeau

Koodookoo is the Austin jam band that we have all been waiting for. A band that has the scene buzzing. Formed only last year in 2017, Koodookoo has their debut EP “Koo d’etat” out Friday December 7, 2018. I’ve seen Koodookoo open for various bands, and each time I walk away thinking that they were the best band on the bill. Usually when that is the case, you see the band rise in popularity quickly. In the case of Koodookoo we are seeing just that.

The Austin jam scene has so much talent and has the strongest array of jam tribute bands on the planet. What the scene doesn’t have is a Phish or a String Cheese, or even a Pigeons. Well, Austin may have some pigeons but we know they don’t play fucking ping pong. We need a band that implements itself in the jam scene coast to coast. A band that people travel for, communities are built on, and cultures that shape history.

Photo by:  Melissa Bordeau

Photo by: Melissa Bordeau

Ambitions for Koodookoo are sky high. Band members have their eyes set on the stars and are in the process of planning their first ever tour. The band consists of 5 members. Johnny Leipheimer (guitar/vocals) born in Dallas before moving to a naval base in Japan. He is also the co- founder (with Max and Connor) of Minglewood, a killer local Grateful Dead tribute band. Johnny has a strong energy on stage, one that vibrates through the venue, assuring the crowd and his band alike that he is a music nut. Max Moscoe (keys/vocals) made his way to Austin via Portland. Classically trained but a thirst for improvisation, Max is a load of fun to watch. Grady “Don” Ray (bass/vocals) born in San Angelo, Texas is a local bass staple. Grady has played in lots of local bands and influenced by an array of talent from Phish to Rage Against the Machine. Fun Fact: Grady was the Fiesta del Concho Armadillo racing champion in 1996! Matt Keiser (drums) grew up near L.A. a tremendous drummer with a bit of a hard rock vibe, his drum solos are not to be missed. The amazing rhythm section is corner-stoned by percusionist Connor Marshall, a Fort Worth native.

Photo by:  Melissa Bordeau

Photo by: Melissa Bordeau

The groups first jaunt in the studio reaped wonderful results. The album has it all. From cool ear-worm compositions to sorcery solos and monstrous peaks, Koodookoo is a jamming force to be reckoned with. Same day as the album is set to drop December 7, the Austin band is playing the Art Co Holiday Jamily Sampler, at Deep Ellum Art Company. The album release party is one you will not want to miss the following day December 8. The studio album party is set to happen at ABGB in South Austin. No better place to see Austin jam history unfold then at our favorite beer garden. The stage is visually awesome, dropped right in front of the brewery tanks. Free for admission, but if you like what you feel and hear, support the band, and buy a first press of the album.

Photo by:  Stephen Olker

Photo by: Stephen Olker

Koodookoo wants to have a release party that not only is good for their Koodookrew but also to make a difference. A difference in a children’s Christmas that will mean so much to them. The band will be hosting a toy drive for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas. All donations will enter you in a Koodookoo gear raffle (thanks Koodookoo). If you have the means to donate; here are some items that are needed (new & unwrapped- kid items): Hats, gloves, jackets, blankets, baby products, toys, pillows, slippers, travel games, books, headphones, chargers, gift cards, etc.



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