Thursday, September 20, 2018, 8 p.m.
The Dean Ween Group
143 S. Cedros Avenue, Solana Beach, 92075
Age Limit: 21+
Cost: $25 - $44
For nearly a decade, Ween was just two guys — Dean Ween and Gene Ween — and they performed to pre-recorded tracks. Dean Ween is Mickey Melchiondo, and Gene Ween is Aaron Freeman. The two shared classes in junior high school and discovered they liked music and the same kind of humor, and so the seeds for Ween were planted. This was in 1984, in Pennsylvania. Within six years, Ween would release their debut album GodWeen Satan: The Oneness. The alt-rockers eventually hired more band members and continued to release messy funk-punk-folk-rock-country albums. In 2012, Ween told their mostly underground following that they were finished. Freeman went to rehab, and Melchiondo found work as a charter boat captain.
But he also kept his guitar tuned and worked the occasional side project, including the Dean Ween Group. DWG released The Deaner Album in 2016 to a solid 6.0 from the finicky reviewers at Pitchfork. Now taking another lap around in support of Deaner Rock 2, Melchiondo still has no genre. His music is southern rock, psych funk, jam band, junk country, and 50s rock rolled into one. On paper it reads like chaos, but live, somehow, it works. Why? Because Dean Ween takes it right back to high school with all that heat and weirdness. He’s like that one buddy you had a joke with back then and still can laugh about today.