Band members' eclectic interests inform the playlist, which is about 70 percent original music.
"I put out a solo CD a few years ago and we incorporated some of that, and Andy put out a solo CD, so we increase our repertoire by doing each other's material," Davis said. All band members except Solomon also sing.
Davis recently left a 15-year teaching post at the Elk Elementary Center to take a job as supervisor of fine arts programs for Kanawha County Schools. The job doesn't give him as much of the summer off as he had as a teacher, but it still affords plenty of time for enjoying and playing music.
Friday night, he'll bring his conga drums to the stage along with some shakers and other instruments he bought in Africa.
Davis, who grew up singing in church, actually went to West Virginia University on a vocal scholarship and changed his mind two years in, deciding to study percussion.
"I had to do some catching up. It was quite a decision, but I just had to do it," Davis said. He always had had an interest in percussion. His mom told him he had been beating on doorways and other surfaces since he was young.
Once he changed majors, Davis found his passion, joining WVU's African drumming ensemble and spending time studying in Africa.
"You get to see the music in context," he said.
Much like bluegrass, world music often is passed down aurally.
"Scholars try to write it down, but there are so many stylistic things," he said. "It's like Appalachian fiddle music. You can write down the notes, but there are so many other subtle things about the playing."
Contact writer Monica Orosz at mon...@dailymail.com or 304348-4830.
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