Vug and the Stallions on stage at Rumba Cafe

Vug and the Stallions on stage at Rumba Cafe

April 1, 2010 –┬áThe band I recently had the pleasure to wait to see this week was a five piece roots-rock band that goes by the name of Vug and the Stallions. Hailing from Columbus, Vug Arakas on lead vocals and guitar was a member of another well known Columbus group TV Eye. Other bands that this magnificent group are a part of are Main St. Gospel, Robot Music Mystery as well as The Wing Nuts to mention a few. The Stallions that night consisted of; Barry Dean on lead guitar, Tito Ida on bass, Stamati Arakas on drums, Jay Gasper on pedal steel.

After a long stroll from my parking space I finally found my way into the dimly lit Rumba Cafe. A flash of my Apewind card got me right in the door, no questions asked. As the band before them finished I made my way to the bar for a drink. As usual I found a few friends of mine already at the bar drinking up a storm. A shot and a beer later I settled myself into a chair at the back of the bar. The band did the usual sound check salsa and an ambient warm up from some of the members, Dean and Vug stepped off stage after the announcement of a smoke and pee break. Well that break lasted about twenty minutes and ended in a friend of mine getting onstage after some reassurance from an audience member that it was a good idea. Don’t believe me, check out the footage right here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OzBYVqAfpA. The Steel guitarist did not seem amused at first but I have to be honest, Casey and the Stallions were pretty entertaining for the seven to eight minutes they played. The audience seemed to love it and at the very least were entertained enough not to leave.

Vug and the Stallions on stage at Rumba Cafe

Vug and the Stallions on stage at Rumba Cafe

As Casey and the Stallions wrapped up their jam session, Vug and Dean returned from their break (Now going on 30 min) and applauded with the audience. The thirty minute wait was a little uncalled for, but as the band got up and into it I could tell that this could be worth the wait. The set list that night was as follows; “Time Waits for No One”, “Fair Weathered” into “The Deep Trigger”, “Stuck” and then “Honest Eyes”. The band had an interesting look to them with Vug’s super shag and the guitarist looking like Frank Oz. The bands songs went back and fourth in tempo and usually were filled with familiar country like leads. If you heard them you might think Wilco which I hear is a big influence of Vug’s. I thought the vocals were a little to shaky when Vug wasn’t projecting but when he belted his lyrics out he was spot on. As for the Stallions, who could ask for a more eclectic looking bunch of kids with the skills to match. All in all I was impressed by the performance the band gave the audience that night and I hope if you happen to find yourself waiting in some bar for Vug and The Stallions to play that you will wait. And what the hell, you can even give them thirty minutes. You just might be glad you did.

Good luck finding a physical copy of there album somewhere but if you contact them on their myspace http://www.myspace.com/vugdemonstrates you might finagle one out of them. With no talk of album release in their future, you’ll just have to stay tuned to see whats next. To catch them live you’ll have to visit the above web address for times and locations. You’ll even find some music there that is specifically for your listening pleasure.To Vug and the Stallions, good luck fellas and you boys stay Greek, wherever and whenever you are…