John Funkhouser Quartet performing at Pitman’s Freight Room Thursday

LACONIA —  The John Funkhouser Quartet will perform Thursday, March 20, at Pitman's Freight Room at 95 New Salem St. The program gets under way at 8 p.m.

Lead quartet member John Funkhouser is a multi-instrumentalist and composer. He was educated at Cornell University and New England Conservatory and currently teaches at the Berklee College of Music. Besides leading his quartet, Funkhouser is in demand as both a pianist and a bassist, and has shared the stage with a variety of artists, including Grammy-nominated vocalists Luciana Souza and Tierney Sutton, piano icon Ran Blake and Afro-Cuban drummer Francisco Mela, and South Indian percussionist Trichy Sankaran and the world-jazz group Natraj.

Funkhouser will perform with bassist Greg Loughman, guitarist Phil Sargent and drummer Mike Connors. The band loves rock, too, and you can hear that in their approach. The John Funkhouser Quartet is a band of Musicians without Borders. With influences as wide ranging as Woody Guthrie, Thelonious Monk, Frank Zappa, Frederic Chopin, and Ravi Shankar, the quartet "employs complex rhythms, deep soulful moments, rock and passion and sensitivity.

Admission $12, doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the catered dinner buffet before the show. Call 527-0043 for information and reservations.