Music Scene: of Montreal, Ed Roland & the Sweet Tea Project, Lettuce

Of Montreal

Of Montreal, part of Athens’s Elephant 6 collective, whose lineup also includes Apples in Stereo, the Olivia Tremor Control, Neutral Milk Hotel, Beulah, Elf Power and Circulatory System, rose to underground popularity in the mid-1990s as part of a psychedelic-pop throwback movement.

But after 12 LPs and nine EPs, of Montreal, under the direction of singer-songwriter Kevin Barnes, has morphed stylistically to include electronic, lo-fi indie pop, prog rock, afrobeat and funk.

The group also has had a large cast of musicians throughout its nearly two decades of recording and touring, spanning 22 members that have included Kishi Bashi, Bryan Poole (the Late B.P. Helium, Elf Power), Ahmed Gallab (Yeasayer, Caribou, Sinkane), Derek Almstead (M Coast, Elf Power, Great Lakes, Vic Chesnutt) and James Huggins (James Husband, Great Lakes), to name a few.

Of Montreal will perform Wednesday at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway, with Nedelle Torrisi. Tickets are $16 and are available in advance at Doors open at 9 p.m. with the show starting at 10 p.m.

Go to or call 571-4343.

Ed Roland spent the entire ’90s and an early chunk of the 2000s fronting the lauded quintet Collective Soul, an Atlanta-based rock group that has found itself among the Top 40 seven times during its 22-year career.

But within Collective Soul’s space left from its members’ alternate adventures, Roland put together a band of area players to record a version of “Shelter from the Storm” for a Bob Dylan tribute album in 2011.

The experience, as well as its positive response, encouraged the newly formed side job to write and record an album in 2013 titled “Devils ’n Darlins.”

Ed Roland & the Sweet Tea Project is currently in Charleston working on its sophomore record.

The quintet will perform Saturday at The Royal American, 970 Morrison Drive, with Brian Robert and Avi Jacob as part of a special benefit concert for CHARM (Charleston Healthcare Alliance for Regional Musicians). A $10 donation is requested.

Go to or call 817-6925.

Lettuce formed as an informal soul/funk and jam band between Berklee School of Music students in 1992 Boston.

Originating its name from the frequent question muttered by members at open-stage jazz clubs — “Let us play?” — Lettuce amassed an underground following from New York to Tokyo to San Francisco by the late ’90s without releasing a record and carried on sporadically as its members explored other projects.

Producer and drummer Adam Deitch has amassed a client list that includes Wyclef Jean, 50 Cent, Break Science, Xzibit, Talib Kweli, Matisyahu, Pretty Lights and Redman. Bassist Erick Coomes tours and records with The Game and Britney Spears, and trumpeter Rashawn Ross has gained mainstream notoriety as a touring member with the Dave Matthews Band and as a session player for Stevie Wonder, The Fugees, Common, Willie Nelson, The Edge and Robert Randolph.

Most of Lettuce’s members also work with the popular funk and jazz trio Soulive.

Lettuce, which released its fourth album, “Fly!,” in 2012, will perform Saturday at the Music Farm, 32 Ann St., with Break Science. Tickets are $20 and are available at the Music Farm box office or online at Doors open at 8 p.m. with the show starting at 9 p.m. The show is open to 16 and up.

Go to or call 577-6989.