Fri · August 3, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

AIKO is a rock ‘n roll band that has played their unique style of music for over 30 years. Playing for many years under the name King Bean, AIKO could be categorized in contemporary jargon as a “Jam
Band”. Their music is rooted in folk, country, classic rock and psychedelia and closely resembles the Grateful Dead and the Allman Brothers.
The band was formed in Nashville, Tennessee in 1984 by four of its members, Ben Anderson (bass/lead vocals - Gates Mills OH), Steve Ballenger (guitar/lead vocals - Charlotte NC), Ross Mason (drums - Dallas TX) and Ted Pattison (guitar - Los Angeles CA). Over the years, AIKO has added three new musicians, Steve Krafft (guitar –Los Angeles CA), Lance Deal (drums/percussion – Dallas TX) and Stuart Manning (keyboards – Dallas TX).
After AIKO’s members sought more traditional, stable professions through the years, they have played much less frequently together than when they haunted the Nashville music scene in their
early days. Since leaving Tennessee, the band members have spread geographically from North Carolina to the California Coast.
Despite their day jobs, some of AIKO’s members currently play in other bands around the country, but they continue to regroup once or twice a year for reunion shows in various U.S. cities. Their faithful following of fans from their Nashville days still travels to AIKO’s reunion shows to meet up with old friends and join new supporters for four-plus hours of non-stop, high-energy jam. Tapers are always welcome to record the shows and often do just that. It is quite a party any lover of this music would not want to miss.
AIKO’s name is derived from the traditional song “Iko Iko”. The song has a complex and lengthy history. “Iko” is based on African call-and-response chats and is thought to have arrived in the Americas with the first slaves. North American white plantation owners band many of the black tribal rituals until the late 18th century. At that time, the slaves were allowed to recreate their indigenous celebrations at Congo Square in New Orleans. Soon, the blacks began forming Mardi Gras “tribes”. “Iko Iko” is thought to be derived from one of the chants of the tribes while they would “hike-o, hike-o” for many miles to the Mardi Gras.
One version of “Iko Iko” was first recorded by New Orleans native, James “Sugar Boy” Crawford in 1954; but probably, the best-known version was by the Dixie Cups, a New Orleans girl group in 1965, who had a fluke Top 20 hit with “Iko Iko” that year. Then, a more mainstream New Orleans musician, Dr. John, began covering the tune and it spread to many other bands in the Big Easy. Since the ‘70’s, the tune has been covered and/or recorded by the Meters, the Neville Brothers, the Grateful Dead, Bruce Hornsby, Cyndi Lauper, Ringo Starr and Buckwheat Zydeco. These artists and many others have ritually employed it during Mardi Gras celebrations.
In the 1980’s, for some still undetermined reasons, Grateful Dead tapers began to misspell the
song as “Aiko Aiko”. This classic, New Orleans ritualistic song of endurance and celebration lives
on with AIKO.
The American Book of the Dead, Oliver Trager, Simon & Schuster (1997).
Venue Information:
O.P. Rockwell
268 Main Street
Park City, UT, 84060