Polar Alchemy is the guitar and vocal duo featuring James Olsen and Michael Theroux.
James (Jameson) Olsen has been playing guitar for 30+ yrs. He is also an accomplished luthier. Originally from Chicagoland Burbs, James has lived and played music in the Fox Cities since 2000.
Michael Theroux has over the years performed and recorded with several bands in California, and more recently in Wisconsin with Unity The Band, and Miss Molly.
Polar Alchemy performs what they call Acoustic Jam Rock - songs from the 60s, 70s, 80s and beyond with a good helping of classic blues tunes and a few jazzy fusion instrumentals. They also throw in a couple original songs here and there. Their shows are a mix of high energy guitar virtuosity, and feel-good classics.
Song ListAMERICA; HORSE WITH NO NAME / SANDMAN AC/DC; NIGHT PROWLER, THE JACK, ETC ALICE IN CHAINS; I STAY AWAY, ETC APRIL WINE; ROLLER BAD COMPANY; SHOOTING STAR BEATLES; DEAR PRUDENCE, FIXING A HOLE, WHILE MY GUITAR, ETC GEORGE BENSON; ON BROADWAY BLIND FAITH; CANT FIND MY WAY HOME BROTHER CANE; THE ROAD RAY CHARLES; HARD TIMES CLAPTON; BEFORE YOU ACCUSE ME CREAM; BADGE, TALES OF BRAVE ULYSSES, ETC DANZIG; IM THE ONE, ETC MILES DAVIS; TAKE 5 DEF LEPPARD; TOO LATE FOR LOVE EDIE BRICKELL; KNOW WHAT I KNOW ELP; FROM THE BEGINNING, LUCKY MAN FLEETWOOD MAC; BIG LOVE, THE CHAIN, GOLD DUST WOMAN GRAND FUNK RAILROAD; CLOSER TO HOME GRATEFUL DEAD; FRANKLINS TOWER, TRUCKIN SAMMY HAGAR; HEAVY METAL JIMI HENDRIX; ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER ETC GREG KIHN; BREAKUP SONG LYNYRD SKYNYRD; BALLAD OF CURTIS LOWE, SIMPLE MAN, ON THE HUNT, ETC. MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA; MEETING OF THE SPIRITS MARSHALL TUCKER BAND; CANT YOU SEE, LONG HAIRED COUNTRY BOY MEN AT WORK; DOWN UNDER STEVE MILLER; THE STAKE, JOKER, ETC MOLLY HATCHET; DREAMS (ALLMN BROS) MONTROSE; MAKE IT LAST TOM PETTY; MARY JANES, ETC PINK FLOYD; BREATHE, DOGS, COMFORTABLY NUMB, ETC POLAR ALCHEMY; MAKIN IT UP, DJAM LIKE DJANGO, LOSIN CONTROL, ETC POLICE; MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE,WHEN THE WORLD IS RUNNING DOWN QOTSA; MAKIN IT WIT CHU, LOST ART OF KEEPING A SECRET RUSH; TEMPLES OF SYRINX, WORKING MAN, ETC BOB SEGER; MAIN ST, ETC KENNY WAYNE SHEPHARD; BLUE ON BLACK, KINGS HIGHWAY STEPPENWOLF; THE PUSHER STP; PLUSH, INTERSTATE LOVE SONG SUGARLOAF; DONT CALL US, GREEN EYED LADY TEARS FOR FEARS; EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE TENACIOUS D; TRIBUTE TEN YEARS AFTER; ID LOVE TO CHANGE THE WORLD TESLA; MODERN DAY COWBOY TRAFFIC; DEAR MR FANTASY, LOW SPARK, ROBIN TROWER; BRIDGE OF SIGHS URIAH HEEP; STEALIN WARRANT; UNCLE TOMS CABIN WEEZER; HASH PIPE STEVIE WONDER; SUPERSTITION NEIL YOUNG; OHIO, OLD MAN ZZ TOP; WAITING FOR THE BUS/JESUS JUST LEFT CHICAGO, SHARP DRESSED MAN, ETC AND A MIX OF OTHERS NOT LISTED, ROCK, JAZZ, BLUES, ETC.60S-90S (MOSTLY 70S) LOL + ORIGINALS SPARINGLY THROWN IN.