Butcher isn't as violent and bloody as its name suggests. The Ashland band comprises four goofy, nonscary guys — multi-instrumentalist Josh Sadler, drummer Greg Alford, guitarist Matt Lambert and bassist Larry Coble.

The group plays revised, or "butchered," covers by The Grateful Dead, Nathan Moore, Phish, Neil Young, Widespread Panic and others.

"We're just a folk, jam band with jazz and rock and funky ideas running through it," Sadler says.

The band will play at 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, at Caldera Tap House, 31 Water St., Ashland. The cover to the show is $5. Call 541-482-4677.

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