Sacred Mushrooms, band, part of Bear's Interview Page.

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The SACRED MUSHROOMS

An interview with a Rhythm and Blues Band.

by

LEE A. WOOD

(pic. of Sacred Mushrooms.)

The Sacred Mushrooms play the Cafe Montreal
in Vancouver, B. C.

Photo by Dodie.

Just back from a tour of the Philippines, where they played in some of Manila's more popular clubs, Sacred Mushrooms is performing at local cafes while they search for a business manager to help them expand.

Though the current members have only been together for the past three years the band originally started in `95.

The leader of the band, singer, composer, and lead guitar, Jun Clement, became hooked on music, in his youth, by the `soulness and raw talent' of Jimi Hendrix.

As well as having jammed with Dave Woodward and Jack Lavin of the Powder Blues Band, Jun played guitar with Butch and the Vagabonds for several years. Before that, in the mid `80's he played lead guitar for Linda Magno. He has toured B. C., Alberta, and Washington.

Bass guitar is handled by Philip Gutierrez. Philip who comes from a musical background, his mother played piano and his father played Ukulele, has also toured B. C. and Alberta. Philip formerly played with, and released a CD with, Soybean Solution. Philip's fluid bass lines and riffs add to the positive energy of Sacred Mushrooms.

Sometimes feeling like a mushroom because he is in the darkened back of the stage, drummer, Gerry Dela Guerra sets the groove with his rhythmic patterns and syncopation which is one of the main foundations for the band. Formerly of Deep Sea Cucumbers, Gerry was also influenced in his youth by Jimi Hendrix.

"When I play, I concentrate on the rhythm," says Jun. "Without the rhythm, there is no foundation." Sacred Mushrooms is a power trio and has played clubs, pubs, private parties, festival, and community events. Their repertoire ranges from R & B, Blues, Rock, to original material. Their future is in writing more originals and recording, their present is playing live.

Jun is drawn to rhythm, especially tribal, be it African, Asian, or North American. "I believe music and rhythm is always a part of any culture," Jun says. "It takes the right moment and the right frame of mind to capture the spontaneous magic, to get the feeling, the sound. Music is a universal language that breaks down the barriers, tensions, and racial prejudices. It's always a heavenly feeling to play well and receive a positive response from the audience."

(pic. of Sacred Mushrooms at the Cafe Montreal in Vancouver.)

Saturday night at the Cafe Montreal in Vancouver, B. C.

Photo by Dodie

THE END

`02 Pictures of the Sacred Mushrooms at the Meat Market In Gastown


(#1 W. Water St. Vancouver, B. C. Canada).

Author's note:
The Meat Market ñ One of Gastownís best kept secrets, no longer exists.


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