Monday, June 14, 2010

Still Time at the Summer Solstice Reggae Festival



After 4 months on the road we can't wait to party down with all of our friends in SLO this Sunday, June 20th, at The Summer Solstice Reggae Festival. Enter the promontion code "Stilltime" when you buy tickets on Vallitix.com and save $5: http://bit.ly/avilafest

Idaho Mountain Express Article

Caught in Still Time


By SABINA DANA PLASSE
Express Staff Writer

Funky with a slightly jam-band influence, the California band Still Time has made Ketchum, Idaho, a much-anticipated date on its three-month tour of North America. The band members met in the dorms at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo in 2002, and in 2010 have dedicated themselves to pursuing their dream.

"We love what we are doing," said Still Time's lead vocalist, Dan Curcio. "We call ourselves eclectic groove rock because we come from all types of different musical backgrounds."

Still Time musicians Chris Arntzen and Nick Bilich on guitar, bassist Paul Smith-Stewart, drummer John Vucinich and harmonica player T-Bone Steak along with Curcio all contribute to creating the band's signature sound.

"We all write as a group," Curcio said. "We come up with the music while in a jam session and write lyrics over the music, which turns into songs. It's a fun way to create music and allows us to have a variety of songs."

Still Time is influenced by a lot of '60s and '70s musicians and bands including Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, James Brown, the Grateful Dead, Ben Harper, Phish, Dave Matthews, Pearl Jam and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Still Time has been garnering recognition especially with its song "High Tide," which Curcio said has done very well and was a No. 1 radio hit in California for seven weeks.

"As a group goal we would like to get to the point of bands such as Dispatch or Ben Harper who are commercially successful but not total sellouts," Curcio said.

Still Time has also been savvy about its promotion with an update video journal on its website chronicling its tour across country.

"We want to keep fans back home in the know of what we are doing," Curcio said.

Still Time will play a show at Whiskey Jacques' in Ketchum on Friday, June 11 at 10 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door and the band will have CDs and other merchandise for sale at the show.

-Sabina Dana Plasse

San Angelo, TX Standard-Times Article



House of Fifi Dubois, rock band a good fit

BECCA NELSON SANKEY Special to the Standard-Times

SAN ANGELO, Texas — The downtown San Angelo shop House of Fifi Dubois and California groove-rock band Still Time are an unexpectedly appropriate match.

Still Time discovered its connection to San Angeloans last March, during a stop on their monthslong tour at Fiddlestrings Sports Bar and House of Fifi Dubois. They’ll return tonight for two performances at the latter venue.

San Angelo “is the place we had the best time and met the best people,” said lead singer Dan Curcio. “The thing is, we didn’t expect it at all. We didn’t know anything about San Angelo. We didn’t think it was going to be one of the best places out of a four-month tour.”

Still Time began making its mark on the music scene in 2004 playing in San Luis Obispo, Calif., music venues frequented by college students, according to the band’s website. They started touring the West Coast in 2006 and released their first album, “Stream of Consciousness,” the following year. “High Tide,” the single from that record, was No. 1 on St. Luis Obispo radio station New Rock 107.3 for more than seven weeks.

With the band’s second album — 2009’s “See America” — Still Time maintains its can’t-be-pigeonholed sound, described on its website as vocals and a blend of instruments reminiscent of artists such as Ben Harper, Van Morrison and Dave Matthews Band.

The tinge of vintage in the band’s music makes it a perfect fit for House of Fifi, said Toni Hunter, the downtown shop’s co-owner.

House of Fifi offers vintage furniture, d├ęcor items and clothing, as well as a large area for live music performances and intimate, comfortable seating for guests.

“The band has a really neat kind of old soul sense about them — Van Morrison mixed in with a little of the new, and that fit our venue,” Hunter said.

House of Fifi opened about two and a half years ago, Hunter said, and began offering the occasional live show about a year and a half ago.

“We maybe do two or three (shows) a month,” Hunter said. “We look for people that are interesting, that give San Angelo a little something different.”

And Still Time is a band that prides itself on offering listeners a unique sound — even if it’s just from one track to the next, Curcio said.

“We’re tired of music where, when you buy an album, every song sounds exactly the same,” he said. “We’re wanting our songs to be completely different” from each other.

In an effort to capture different emotions for each song, Curcio did much of his songwriting for “See America” in unexpected places everywhere from an empty mansion to an abandoned boxcar.

“I spend a lot of time and thought on the lyrics, and I think it connects well with a lot of different people,” Curcio said. “It’s one of the common threads throughout the songs that give it a unique style.”

San Angelo, for its part, seemed to enjoy that eclectic style the last time Still Time visited.

“We had the (Downtown San Angelo) Art Walk the night they were here,” Hunter said. “People would just come in and sit and go, ‘Wow.’”