Five Day 40 is anything but the daily grind |

Five Day 40 is anything but the daily grind

SUMMIT COUNTY-The musicians of Five Day 40 named themselves after the average American 9 to 5 work week, but they do everything possible to avoid the daily grind. Their work “day” begins around 9 at night and may end at 5 in the morning.The 6-piece ensemble blends hip-hop, jazz, funk and rock into a danceable social outcry.”We’re all for peace in our time and unity and community -unchaining the mental shackles,” said bassist Mark Juhas. “Jimmy (Moorehead, vocalist) writes the lyrics and embodies what the band believes in – freedom. We try to put a dancing, social vibe in the music and try to get across a positive message. We’re really about the audience and having a good time. We like to get people dancing. We just get out there and start playing our hearts out.”The outfit formed in the summer of 2001 in New Hampshire’s White Mountains and began its first Western tour this month. The lengthy stop in Summit County is partially due to a free crash pad-the percussionist’s brother, Danny Spofford, lives in the county and plays with Funky Discharge.Five Day 40 released a studio CD last year and plans on spending eight to 12 months, beginning in May, recording a new album with Mojo Studio.Songwriting is a synthesis of the six members’ shared and individual musical influences. Moorehead’s free-style rhyming drives home messages of anti-war sentiments and legalization of marijuana. The intertwining guitar riffs of Keith Osborne and Matt Spofford mingle with hearty beats that captivate the body, begging it to dance. Percussionist Matt Moore adds soulful rhythms with the congas, drummer Carl Lacozilli adds a jazzy style and Juhas’ fretless bass pounds out a deep, meaty rhythm.The songs have evolved from simple to more complex, creating a new sound with hip-hop and jam-band elements.”The audience inspires the music,” Juhas said. “We all just love to play and create different sounds. We all want to be a live band and play for people (as opposed to a recording-oriented band).”The funky, fresh ride starts tonight at Upstairs at Jonny G’s, travels to Sherpa & Yeti’s Saturday and ends Monday at the Goat.Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 245 or by e-mail at

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