Mike Dillon Band returns to Boone
By drawing influences from hard rock, jazz and “everything else
in between,” Mike Dillon said his latest project is a “New Orleans punk” band with twists of brass
spliced with Americana and funk.
The Mike Dillon Band, joined by The Get Right Band of Asheville, brings its high-energy act to Boone Saloon on June 7.
If you’re looking for a preview of the Get Right Band’s flavor, don’t bother looking on YouTube. Dillon said cell phone cameras don’t do justice by the band’s sound.
Dillon, a well-traveled rocker who fell in love with punk rock while a student at North Texas, draws much of his inspiration from the Dead Kennedys, punk revolutionists Fugazi and the Minutemen, as well as Iggy and the Stooges (he’s currently rocking out to their ’69 album).
“This band is a mixture of the things I’ve done the past 20 years,” Dillon said.
Dillon is the “elder statesman” of the band that is comprised of younger members who complement his experience with their energetic passion for music.
“I think it’s a really cool symbiotic relationship,” Dillon said. “There’s so much stuff (music) out there to be inspired by ... so much music is going on. That’s what’s great about having younger musicians in the band bringing their perspective. But it’s a give and take.”
Trying to contribute new sounds and ideas to today’s music scene is almost an insurmountable challenge while not falling into the trap of following a formula in writing music.
“That’s what I’m trying to do, and it’s getting tougher and tougher,” Dillon said. “I remember my first day of music in college, when my professor said, ‘I hate to break it to you, but everything has been done.’ It’s a challenge. You need to find something new.”
Dillon said the goal of the band is like almost any other — take it as far as you can.
“If we can somehow start drawing 80,000 people a night I would be incredibly stoked, but I’m realistic,” said Dillon. “I think my focus is trying to make good music, get better at my instrument and make people around me get better, and that’s happening with this group.”
June marks the band’s third trip to the High Country since forming in early 2012.
The past two trips were Monday night outings, so Dillon is “stoked” to play a weekend show.
“The Boone crowds are always fired up,” Dillon said. “They are going to hear something different with tons of energy.”
Dillon encourages anyone considering checking out the show to come “with an open mind” and be prepared to “hear something a little different” than what they might normally enjoy.
“We just get up there every night and play until they tell us to shut up,” Dillon joked.
Dillon said this summer’s tour is one of the longest he has ever been a part of, lasting until Labor Day weekend.
The Boone performance starts at 10 p.m. Friday, June 7, at Boone Saloon, located at 489 W. King St. in downtown Boone. Cover costs $7, and only those 21 and older will be admitted.
For more information on the Mike Dillon Band, search for them on Facebook.