January 28, 2016 8:30pm
Joe 2.0 is the brainchild of violinist Joseph Ketchum. The group tests the boundaries to use strings to truly rock. There have been string groups that have transcribed pop and rock songs and performed them as a kind of novelty. These attempts are usually amusing for a while, but they have no real lasting power. When string players perform works from various eras, they vary their musical approach to suit the style of the music. Classical performers, however, view rock music, as a simple folk art form that presents little or no challenges intellectually or musically.
Joe 2.0 aims to produce something totally unique and accessible, creating sounds not heard before from a string quartet. This one-of-a-kind symphonic rock band is comprised of an electrified string quartet plus drums and the powerful vocals of original Cheap Trick front man, Xeno. This eclectic style joins the worlds of classical and rock to create a unique sound. The cover songs performed utilize the electrified strings to emulate the original sounds and capture the essence of what made the songs work in the first place. With their original music, Joe 2.0 aims to produce something totally unique, yet accessible.