Broccoli Samurai, a "jamtronica" band from Cleveland, will make its Williamsport debut at 10 p.m. Feb. 8, with a free show at the Bullfrog Brewery, 229 W. Fourth St.
The band consists of Ryan "Bruce" Hodson on keyboard, Chris Walker on drums, Steve Fade on bass and John McCarron on guitar.
"Broccoli Samurai formed when Chris Walker and I met in 2010. We started jamming frequently at Walker's old house in Cleveland Heights," Hodson said in an email interview with the Sun-Gazette. "We then met bassist, Steve Fade in 2011, and formed the band Broccoli Samurai after many friends insisted that we take this out of the garage and into a venue. In January of 2013, we started playing with guitarist, John McCarron and the rest is magic. We formed the band and our sound around the ideals of electronic music, and putting a twist on it by playing it live."
Cleveland band Broccoli Samurai, pictured, is made up of Ryan “Bruce” Hodson, Chris Walker, Steve Fade and John McCarron.
Hodson said the band name "was derived from an old 'Saturday Night Live' skit with Dana Carvey and his famous 'choppin' broccoli' bit. We are all a bunch of humorous individuals, and it just made too much sense to incorporate some humor into our name. So we took 'choppin' broccoli' and derived 'Broccoli Samurai' from that."
The band has been fortunate enough to share the stage with many other big-name bands at more famous festivals as well.
"Some of the most notable shows would have to be with our good friends The Werks, Papadosio, Ozric Tentacles, and a Lotus after-party show where Mike Rempel of Lotus sat in with us this last year. We've also played a lot of amazing festivals including Rootwire, Hyperion, The Mad Tea Party, Family Roots, The Werk Out Festival and many more where we have had the chance to meet and play with a a ton of amazing bands. But, we can never forget about the smaller shows with some of the greatest local bands from whatever city, USA. Every show is a big deal to us," Hodson said.
The band is currently touring Thursdays through Sundays, and according to Hodson, the group has racked up some hilarious tour stories along the way.
"One of the funniest moments that comes to mind is from last year. We had just made John an official member of Broccoli Samurai, and yet, still a good amount of people thought we were still a three-piece. This story starts with us driving to a festival, and John having to drive separately due to a work obligation. John called us from the gates of the festival stating, 'They won't let me in, and are telling me I need to leave or pay Broccoli Samurai is a three-piece, and you're not a part of the band!' We died laughing as John sat nervously at the gate for us to arrive! We arrived to the festival gates minutes after the call from John, and insisted to the promoter that we had no clue who he was, and that they should keep an eye on that guy!"
Hodson said the band's musical influences are derived from all genres, including jazz, rock, electronica and hip-hop. The band will perform songs from their albums "You Had to Be There" and "Off the Grid" at the Bullfrog show, and can both be found on iTunes.
To Broccoli Samurai, music means everything.
"It means life to us. Music has the power to conjure the masses to heal through a language we can all speak. We are humbled by the opportunity to be a part of the musical collective in sharing with our fans the music we can channel through our instruments. Friedrich Nietzsche put it best 'Without music, life would be a mistake,' " Hodson said.
For more information, visit www.broccolisamurai.com.