Devidasa brings together a diverse array of musicians from a broad range of musical backgrounds and has been performing its unique blend of musical styles at clubs, festivals, and concerts in the Rome-Chattanooga-Atlanta area for the last five years. Co-founder Jeffrey Lidke studied tablas in India and met saxophonist Phil Lawson in Santa Barbara, California, where they both played in the world music ensemble Dreamtime Continuum. When Jeffrey joined the Berry College faculty in 2002, he and co-founder Megan Yalkut (vocals and sarod) began assembling a group of like-minded musicians committed to the idea that music is the universal language. Phil moved to Rome in 2004 to join the band, by which time guitarist Jim Watkins was a regular member, and Devidasa took root in southern soil. After Megan’s departure in 2006, bassist Chris Korb soon joined, followed shortly thereafter by percussionist/vocalist Kash Patel and flutist/vocalist Lauren Moneyhan. Kash and recording engineer extraordinaire Ken Hutton produced Devidasa’s self-titled CD in 2007. The most recent additions to the band are Sarah Armstrong and Jesse Head on vocals and Derek Hay on drums.
Eclectic and distinctive repertoire of originals and covers ranging from funk y world groove and Indian classical to rock, reggae, jazz, and R&B.
Zakir Hussain, Ali Akbar Khan, Anoushka Shankar, John Coltrane, James Brown, Bob Marley, Ry Cooder, John McLaughlin, King Sunni Adé, Fela Kuti, Parliament-Funkadelic, The Meters, The Clash, etc.
Jeffrey Lidke (founder): tablas, djembe, dumbek, marimbas, and other percussion, vocals
Phil Lawson: vocals, saxophone, flute, percussion
Jim Watkins: vocals, guitars
Chris Korb: bass guitar, sitar, mandolin, vocals
Kash Patel: vocals, percussion
Lauren Moneyhan: vocals, flute, percussion
Sarah Armstrong: vocals, percussion
Jesse Head: vocals, percussion
Derek Hay: percussion
World Music, Funk, Jazz, Rock, Reggae
Call Jim at 706 936-3859