The Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio, formerly DLO3, is one of the most captivating bands in the vast musical market right now. There are no vocals, just an organ, drums and a guitar. That's all it needs to create an absolutely enthralling musical experience.
Formed in 2015, it features percussionist turned organist Delvon Lamarr, guitarist Jimmy James and drummer Doug Octa Port. James is also a member of the Seattle-based soul band The True Loves.
The music is fashioned in the style of many of the 1960s and 1970s jazz and soul. The group's first album, Close But No Cigar, topped the charts, reaching number one on the U.S. Contemporary Jazz Albums Chart and number three on the U.S. Jazz Albums chart.
The musical chemistry for the three is the the most ear-catching aspect of the trio. It was best on display during the band's warm-up set before its set in London, when it recorded its Live at KEXP! album—one that had Englanders glued to the glass watching from the street, as well as the people inside who couldn't help but groove to the beat.
The set showcases the band's ability to frequently switch tempos, make room for solos and even throw in an occasional guitar-change for James. While none are insignificant feats, the band does it all with ease—a testament to the collective ability to understand what one of them is going to do before it happens. It's a kind of chemistry that only comes from playing together often.
Simply put, the band looks like everyone is having a good time when playing together. It's an infectious energy that the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio creates, and no doubt bleeds into the crowd.
The Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio is hitting Boise on its nationwide tour Friday, Sept. 27, and is joined by Juice. It's not a show to be missed.
$15. 8 p.m. The Olympic, 1009 W. Main St., Boise. theolympicboise.com.