Too Legit To Quit: Rochester Supergroup, Legit, Debuts at Roam Cafe

When musical forces combine, the people shall align. So they came to Rochester’s Roam Cafe on a chilly Monday night in May to witness the birth of Legit. The band is composed of Charles Lindner of  The Manhattan Project on keys, Wil McKenna of the much missed Roots Collider and local drummer extraordinaire Matt Ramerman of The Teressa Wilcox Band. One could say Matt is from the band ‘Everything’ as he seems to be everywhere weaving his percussive magic. Busting out of the norm, Wil appeared on bass instead of expounding his usual shred-Jedi guitar licks and laid down thick grooves all night.

The denizens of ROC-city are truly lucky to have such a thriving musical scene with major artists coming through consistently and local musicians collaborating multiple days every week. Many of these shows are free and the Monday shows at Roam are no exception. Roam is an Italian style cafe with a full bar, friendly staff, and good drink selection. New to the Park Ave. neighborhood, it is run by Drew Nye, who also owns the Dubland Underground.

The first set featured visiting friend and musician, guitarist Paul McArdle from Austin, Texas. The foursome went through about an hour of pure improv with sounds ranging from smooth jazz and chilled out blues to exploratory psychedelia. At times one could hear a multitude of influences from Steely Dan to Pink Floyd and even Ween. Four musicians at the top of their game making up music on the spot just can’t be beat.

Set two was the true threesome of Legit playing original tunes. While the tunes definitely had a raw flavor, they were interpreted flawlessly, and the possibility of future explorations was evident in every track. Halfway through the set the band offered up a spot on bacon delicious instrumental rendition of The Beatles “Eleanor Rigby”. They finished up and spent the setbreak mingling with the virtual “Who’s who” of Rochester musicians in the house.

A third set followed featuring Paul again, who showed off his deft knowledge of the fretboard until the end. A great night for all and at a price no-one could poo-poo. encourages all our valued readers to support these free nights at Roam along with all the instant supergroups that “Roam where they want too” around the city. Examples being the RocCity Pro Jam (most Tuesday’s at assorted venues) and the free shows most Wednesday’s and Friday’s at Temple Bar and Grill. No parachute pants required!

Catch Legit’s 2nd show Friday May 17th at the Montage Music Hall in Rochester NY with Haewa and the Heady Yeti’s. 5$ 18+