Wacky name with a classic sound

Published: Friday, August 1, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, August 1, 2003 at 3:31 a.m.

See if you can say this with me: Fudapuda. Come on, you can do it - Fooh-dah-pooh-dah. There you go.

What's it mean, you ask? Frankly, I don't know. I asked Aaron Levine, singer-guitarist for the Gainesville band bearing this name, just what the heck it's all about.

He laughed nervously.

"I can't really say," he said sheepishly.

Oh, one of those things. This being a family newspaper and all, I left it at that.

One thing I can tell you is Fudapuda - the band - rocks. I had the pleasure of sharing a bill with the group a few weeks ago at the Side Bar.

I must say I was pleasantly surprised to see there are still bands that wear so-called "classic rock" influences openly without sounding cheesy or overly derivative.

See for yourself, as Fudapuda will play Saturday night at Rocks Music Room (formerly Alligator Rocks), with Maxwell Edison.

"This is a band that stands out from the crowd because of its unique combination of modern and classic sounds," Levine says. "We write catchy rock songs with meaningful lyrics and strong hooks that are unique but appeal to the masses."

Levine cites influences such as Hendrix, Zeppelin, Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Blues Traveler and Cream.

Fudapuda is Levine, 26, on vocals and guitar; Mark Solomon, 24, on drums; Curt Carlson, 21, on lead/rhythm guitar; and Chris Lavoie, 24, on bass.

The band, formed by Levine and Solomon in May 2003, is working hard to develop a strong regional following. Fudapuda has already shared the stage with many successful regional and national acts, most recently MCA recording artists Fiction Plane.

Levine said he and his bandmates have committed themselves to making a living with music. Levine, who has been performing since he was 13 years old, is an accomplished musician with more than 500 shows under his belt.

His voice and writing style reflect classic blues artists from Albert King and Ray Charles to modern singers like Eddie Vedder and Dave Grohl.

Currently, Fudapuda is in the studio putting the finishing touches on its debut CD. After the studio, the band plans to tour relentlessly to expand its fan base.

If you like classic rock with a fresh twist, you'll probably dig Fudapuda.

Rocks Music Room is at 108 S. Main St. Doors open around 10 p.m.

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Nancy Luca, who I always call Gainesville's answer to Joan Jett, is returning once again to these parts for shows this weekend.

Truth be told, Luca is probably a much better guitar player than Jett, but that's another story.

If you don't know already, Luca grew up in this area and was a big part of the late-'70s and '80s Gainesville rock scene. As one of the only female guitarists in Gainesville, her stage appearances were met with skepticism at first.

"They didn't think girls could play" she said with a laugh. "But I never minded proving them wrong."

Like fellow Hogtowner Tom Petty, she moved to California years ago to work full time in the music biz. But she comes back a couple times a year, and she always puts together a show or two while she's here.

Tonight, she's playing Eddie C's for a CD-release party for her new album. If you miss her there, you can catch her at Blue Water Bay in Melrose Sunday evening.

Eddie C's is at 1315 S. Main St.

Speaking of old-school local rockers, former Blackfoot guitarist Charlie Hargrett and his band No Idea are playing two shows down in Ocala this weekend.

The band will play the Ocala Hilton, 3600 SW 36th Ave. (Ocala, obviously), tonight at 9. Then, at 4 p.m. Sunday, the group will perform at Harley-Davidson of Ocala, 5331 N. U.S. 441, just north of the Ocala city limits.

A final note: The Remedy Session, an indie-rock band out of Fort Lauderdale, will play Common Grounds on Saturday night, along with Salem and Option Two.

The Remedy Session's self-titled, full-length debut was recorded at The Dungeon Recording Studios in Miami by Jeremy Dubois (Dashboard Confessional, New Found Glory, The Agency).

The band has been recognized for spearheading the next wave of new bands in the Miami area through its explosive live shows and key spots on bills with acts such as The Anniversary, Hot Rod Circuit, Dashboard Confessional, Hey Mercedes, Rainer Maria, Schatzi, The Rocking Horse Winner, among others.

The band previously released an EP and has appeared on five different compilations.

Common Grounds is at 919 W. University Ave.

See you next week.

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