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Running (or not) On Empty: The B Foundation provides some roadside assistance 

This is a little more serious than the out-of-gas scenario.The B Foundation has AAA. And this is a damn good thing because the Los Angeles-based surf rock band has run out of gas and found itself stranded on the side of the road somewhere outside of Pueblo, Colo. This is unfortunate, but bassist Jason Moorehead, leaning up against the band's 24-foot RV, says it's not a big deal. In fact this is the second (and almost the third) time the band has run out of gas in the last year.

Rather than hoof it the two miles to the nearest gas station, purchase gas and a can in which to carry it before carrying said gas back another two mile back to the RV, Moorehead and company are waiting it out and the bassist uses the time to relay over the phone some details about his band and the nine months they spent on the road this year. During this trek the band opened a string of shows for Sublime descendents Slightly Stoopid, including a packed show at the Midtown Ballroom on a strangely snowy October night.

In the same vein that the Grateful Dead spawned an entire generation of improvisational, roots-based bands, Sublime did the same for a tougher-to-label brand of surf rock and reggae bands. Slightly Stoopid is the most notable of these Sublime descendents and B Foundation is set to benefit from the Sublime trickle down as well...but want to do so on their own stylistic merits.

"There are a lot of bands out there that try to sound like Sublime, but if you don't step outside of the box and create your own sound, you're going to get washed up in the mix," says Moorehead.

AAA has arrived on the scene and a band mate is heard in the background wondering where he can find the registration and VIN number. Moorehead seems un-phased, seemingly far more interested in outlining the band's experiments with what Pink Floyd-esque improvisations in between its fun-soaked, beachside reggae, punk and surf-flavored songs on this tour, which he hopes to include on the band's next album. It's this effort that he hopes builds the band's reputation beyond that of a party band - which at some point during its career would be an accurate description of the B Foundation.

"Yeah, we smoke weed or whatever, but getting up there and singing about drinking and smoking weed all the time is not something we want to be known for when it's all said and done," he says.

Moorehead seems slightly bent on making the band more widely accessible and is excited to hear that Friday night's show has been made all ages. Thus, the show has been subsequently moved to the Domino Room with local youth reggae-ish band Mirf the Bing playing the opening slot, and likely bringing in a good lot of the high school crowd.

"All ages shows are where it's at. There's a difference between being a bar band and a real band. But once you get to a certain level you want the younger generation there - they're the ones that are keeping this alive," Moorehead says.

The B Foundation has also done residencies at spring break trips, which included a weeklong stay in San Felipe, Mexico playing to college kids. But again, the B Foundation - while having no qualms with playing parties - don't want to hang on their collective hat on this party band reputation. In fact they're using a newly cultivated psychedelic stage show to reach out to people they don't know who might use drugs the band doesn't use.

"We don't do acid or anything like that, but if that's the sort of thing you're into - and I'm not condoning drug use, by the way - this is probably a show you'd want to see," Moorehead says with a laugh.

Soon after he informs a band member that the cost of the gas isn't included in AAA's services because although pretty damn helpful, AAA is not that accommodating. They pay for the gas and the B-Foundation is back on the road...once again.

The B Foundation, Mirf the Bing
8pm doors, 9pm show. Friday, December 19. Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave. All ages. $10 at the door.
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