Locals experience a ‘HugeWorld’ taste

“So, what’s this obsession about music?” a man many refer to as “Papa” proclaimed as he drummed his fingers in syncopation with his next door neighbor’s wind chimes. “You can’t eat it and you can’t wear it.

“It’s the same 12 notes just in different combinations and sounds,” Papa added, “but yet, it’s so powerful that it encourages some people to act in certain ways, like dye their hair black and wear dark makeup. That’s why music is so powerful.”

It’s arguable that Bowling Green has a better live scene than anywhere else in Northwest Ohio. What are the premises for this claim? We are home to HugeWorld Project, a band full of accomplished musicians with influences from such vast and vibrant genres as electric bluegrass and classic rock.

HugeWorld Project will be playing twice this weekend at Howard’s Club H and will consequently be recording their live album, “You’ll Never Hear This In Toledo,” on Sunday to an all ages audience.

Tony Papavasilopoulos, referred to by many as “Tony Papa,” conveyed motions of excitement when talking about the upcoming shows and the live album, the tongue-in-cheek title of which also comes with a humored explanation.

“We decided to do a live show because the effort is a raw sound. There is more energy and spontaneity during an on-the-spot recording. It captures those little quirks that a studio album can’t capture,” Papa said.

“As for the title – it’s just a common phrase around here. Toledo is just really not ready for our sound.”

HugeWorld Project, which is comprised of Papa, lead singer and guitar; Mohom, bass and sitar and Eli Vazquez, drums and backing vocals, was birthed from a mutual respect for the craft of professional musicianship and a little help from BG Music and Sound, which is where all three members teach. Even though the project will be entering its second year of existence in June, HugeWorld Project has become a staple in the local scene and has gathered a strong fan base thanks to their unique sound and their new street team.

“Things in the music business are changing so fast that it’s important to keep up and not wear yourself out. We are hand-picking our shows and dates carefully, for example, Tax day and Easter,” Papa said. ” We have new PR people and a street team who does underground promotions and it has really helped out and boosted show attendance a lot. They have allowed us to focus on the important thing, which is the music.”

In addition, New York-bred band Devola will be opening for HugeWorld, which is something that Papa feels the show’s attendees will truly enjoy.

“Devola is a completely different sounding band than we are,” Papa said. “They have a female lead singer and they tour a lot. We all met when we played at a NOMO show in January and we developed a relationship. They have been persistent in trying to play a show with us, so these shows will be a really good experience for both of us.”

On Saturday, the concert begins at 10 p.m. and is 18 and up. Sunday’s show, which will also be the recording of “You’ll never hear this in Toledo,” begins at 7 p.m. and is open to all ages. A $5 cover will be collected at the door.

HugeWorld Project, according to Papa, is really excited to do an all-ages show, because all of the members have younger students and want them to experience a show.

“We all teach music and our students have been asking to come to shows for a while,” Papa said. “We wanted to do an all-ages show because we want the younger crowd to see what we are teaching them live and in action.”

More information on HugeWorld Project can be found at their MySpace page, www.myspace.com/thehugeworldproject or their Web site, www.hugeworldproject.com.

Papa encouraged anyone who has a passion for music and likes creative, thought-provoking sound to attend either one of the shows this weekend.

“If you want to see a band that has perfect synergy between three people, then you need to come see us. All three of us have such a different, wide net of influences that for us to come together and create something that is still evolving, is powerful,” Papa said. “Music is an art and is always in a state of constant change. One night, something might sound completely different than another night because of a lot of factors, and it’s not that the band is inconsistent, it’s that they are passionate and honest, and feel the music.”