He is the bluesman on campus. His name is Brian Degon. During the day he is director of business systems at WPI’s Academic and Corporate Development division. At night, he dons his Ray-Bans and porkpie and transforms himself into a blues brother ready to bend some strings at the drop of his hat.
You may recognize him. In addition to his day gig, he was the guitarist with Liquid Fuel, a kind of WPI house band that ran weekly blues jams sessions on campus. These days, Degon plays in a new band that perform this Wednesday as part of the Campus Center’s lunchtime concert series.
Who: Two Left
When: Wednesday, October 22, noon
Where: Campus Center Food Court Stage
The band is called Two Left, also known as 2L. When asked what’s in a name? Degon rather coyly says, “I think it will remain a secret. There is a story/reason by behind the name, but it’s one of those things, kind of like a Dylan song that’s much better if left up to the imagination. And, it’s really fun for us to hear people suggest what they think it might means.”
Degon says one of his favorite suggestions occurred at a recent show. “A friend and fill-in bass player suggested that when we were looking for a band name they were all taken, and that there were, literally, only two names left. Anyone trying to name their band has probably had the same feeling. That’s not the real story of the name, just the most creative interpretation.”