Elliot Lewis is leaving "Daryl's House" for an Ohio tour that starts tonight at Magic Tree Pub & Eatery in Boardman.
Lewis plays keyboards in Hall & Oates' band, which also make him part of the house band for "Live From Daryl's House," the Internet show created by Daryl Hall that now airs on the Palladia cable network.
Both of those gigs keep him busy, Lewis said during a telephone interview from his home in New York, but he uses breaks between touring and television tapings to promote his own music, which is what he'll be doing in Ohio for the next week.
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Elliot Lewis, keyboard player with Hall & Oates, performs tonight at the Magic Tree Pub & Eatery in Boardman.
Lewis describes his own songs as a mix of classic rock and soul with a little bit of blues. His latest CD is "Enjoy the Ride," and he hopes to release his next album before the end of the year.
"I'll be performing a couple on the new record, get them in front of people," he said.
Those albums feature Lewis playing most, if not all of the instruments.
WHO: Elliot Lewis
WHEN: 7 p.m. today
WHERE: Magic Tree Pub & Eatery, 7463 South Ave., Boardman
COST: No cover charge
He got his start as a drummer, playing the kit his older brother got bored with after a couple of days.
"It was one of those lightbulb moments," Lewis said. "I knew in the first 10 minutes, this is what I would do the rest of my life."
Lewis considers the guitar his main instrument, but his most prestigious gigs have come on other instruments. He spent a dozen years playing bass and sharing lead vocal chores in the Average White Band.
"It started out as a writing collaboration with one of the original members, Alan Gorrie," he said. "We were cowriters for years before they put the band back together ... That sort of crossed over to Hall & Oates. Alan Gorrie and Daryl Hall have been friends since the '70s. Daryl had seen me play with the Average White Band and sat in a couple times."
Hall knew Lewis played keyboards and when there was an opening in Hall & Oates' touring band, the job was offered to Lewis.
Playing with the duo has given Lewis the opportunity to appear on "The Voice," "The Today Show," "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and "Conan." And being a part of "Live from Daryl's House" adds a different set of challenges.
"It's very rewarding but at the same time it's a lot of work," Lewis said. "It started out as a monthly Internet show that's now crossed over to a weekly television show, but that doesn't mean we shoot once a week or once a month. We shoot whenever the artists is available to shoot. We've done two, three show in a week. It's a heavy workload."
The musicians typically get the music only a few days before the taping, and they get a brief rehearsal together before the cameras roll.
"They want to keep it where it's not over-rehearsed so you still have a little spontaneity going on there."
But the unpredictability of his "Daryl's House" schedule sometimes makes it difficult to focus on his own music.
"Fortunately, I haven't had any situations where I had to cancel my own shows, but there have been a couple close calls."