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GIANT PANDA GUERILLA DUB SQUAD DEBUTS AT #1 ON THE BILLBOARD REGGAE CHART WITH NEW ALBUM STEADY  

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SPRING STEADY TOUR HITS DC MARCH 14     

Washington, DC - On March 14, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad performs at The Hamilton. The Rochester, NY-based quintet is on tour in support of their new album.

  

Giant Panda released its fourth studio album, Steady, on September 30, in its first collaboration with independent reggae label Easy Star Records. Steady debuted at #1 on the Billboard Reggae Chart, #1 on iTunes' Reggae Chart, and #1 on Amazon's Reggae Chart. This is the first time the band has reached the #1 spot.

Press Quotes
"Steady is a simply amazing album full of the band's deep-dish reggae, ska, and rock steady with an added burst of curiosity. It's the best thing the band has ever done." - City Newspaper

"Steady cements GPGDS as one of the most innovative and boundary-pushing reggae bands out there." - Live For Live Music 

"This is one of the best reggae albums ever made." - Cider Mag     


The bulk of the songs on Steady were recorded in 2013 with Craig Welsch of 10 Ft. Ganja Plant co-producing. Two other tracks were recorded after those sessions and added to the sequence - the title track was co-produced by Danny Kalb (The Green, Ben Harper), while live show favorite "Mr. Cop" was recorded with Matt Saccuccimorano (John Brown's Body). A few of the other tracks are longtime staples of the band's heralded live sets, like ".45" and "Solution," but neither has had satisfactory studio versions until now.

GPGDS is known for a very jamband-influenced approach to reggae, taking compositions in unexpected directions. In addition, the band also performs acoustic Americana music, as in their well-received Country album from 2012. Steady captures these disparate vibes with different styles, excellent instrumentation and arrangements contributing to the overall sound of the record, yet it is unmistakably a groundbreaking reggae album.

"This is without a doubt the best sounding record we've ever made," says singer-bassist James Searl. "But it's also the most consistently solid set of songwriting we've done to date." This despite the fact that the band's last reggae record, In These Times (2012), was picked as a Top 10 reggae album by iTunes. The band's three primary singer-songwriters (Searl, singer-guitarist Dylan Savage, and singer-guitarist-banjo player Dan Keller) are each represented throughout the record. Savage, who tends to write classic-sounding reggae anthems in a '70s vein ("Solution," "Whatever Cost," "Not The Fool"), is balanced by the often more experimental Searl ("Hurt Up Your Brother," "Wolf At The Door," "Favorite Song") and the more romantic/pop elements of Keller's writing ("Move," "Home"). Drummer Chris O'Brian continues to add amazing percussion and harmony vocals, while keyboardist Aaron Lipp shines in some of his final sessions with the band (he has since been replaced by Tony Gallicchio).

Steady will be followed in Spring 2015 by a sequel to Country called Bright Days, which will take the band's Americana acoustic persona even further than before. This is also due to come out on Easy Star, along with a vinyl version of Steady. In the meantime, fans both old and new can revel in the startlingly good Steady.
  
 
Saturday, March 14 @ The Hamilton   

  

Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad

  

Special guests: Janka Nabay & The Bubu Gang, Cocktail Party Phenomenon

  

Doors: 7:00 PM / Show: 8:30 PM
18+ 
$17 Standing / $23 Seated Tickets

http://thehamiltondc.com 202-787-1000

600 14th St. NW Washington, DC 20005

   

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Video: "Steady"
   

U.S. Tour Dates

Mar 12: New York, NY - Mercury Lounge

Mar 13: Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts

Mar 14: Washington, DC - The Hamilton 

Mar 18: Boston, MA - Great Scott

Mar 19: Portsmouth, NH - Press Room 

Mar 20: West Warwick, RI - Manchester 65
Mar 21: Syracuse, NY - Westcott Theater
Mar 29: West Dover, VT - Bud Light Reggaefest at Mount Snow
Apr 9: Ithaca, NY - The Dock
Apr 10: Albany, NY - The Hollow
Apr 11: Buffalo, NY - Tralf Music Hall
Apr 15: Chicago, IL - 1st Ward
Apr 16: St. Louis, MO - 2720 Cherokee
Apr 17: Indianapolis, IN - The Mousetrap
Apr 18: Cincinnati, OH - Bogart's
May 9: Orlando, FL - Reggae On The Block
May 22: Monterey, CA - California Roots Festival
Aug 22: Bartow, WV - Camp Barefoot   

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Feb
23
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Camp Barefoot 9 Headliners Announced

Hidden Meadows Bartow W.V 

August 20th-22nd 2015

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On top of an already stacked multi genre line up, Camp Barefoot has announced the icing on the cake with headliners Big Gigantic, The Greyboy Allstars (2 sets), Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk (2 sets including 70's tribute set) and rounding it out with Emancipator joining an already impressive late night lineup with sets by Kung Fu and Twiddle

Camp Barefoot offers it all as Jam, Funk, Bluegrass, Reggea, Electronica are represented at this years festival with some of the hottest bands making music on the scene right now. The headliner announcements add to an already impressive line up with bands like Tauk, The Nth Power, Orgone, Turkuaz, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, and Moon Hooch. While attracting top national acts Barefoot also pays homage to the up and coming artists from the Baltimore, DC and Richmond/Charlottesville circuits supporting and promoting our local music scene with bands like Peoples Blues Of Richmond, Pgrass (Featuring Brock Butler and JJ & Co.), ELM, DELTAnine, Deaf Scene, Moogatu, B Side Shuffle, and Nicky C & The RSB

While small in size, the festival is perfect in many ways. Nestled along the East Fork of The Greenbrier River just south of Spruce Knob in the high country of West Virginia; the area offers cool temperatures even during the sweltering summer season. The grounds are laid out nicely with four stages providing round the clock music into the wee hours of the morning. Camp Barefoot is also family and pup friendly, and by the way one of the best things about Camp Barefoot (besides the music and the chill vibe) is that you can go ahead and leave your phone in the car because it's not going to work. You will be completely disconnected from society allowing you a great opportunity to instead connect with your fellow like minded music lovers. Go ahead, buy yourself a ticket, leave your life behind and set yourself free for the weekend.

 In the mean time be sure to support the local music scenes, Camp Barefoot and their sponsors by attending one or more of the many Camp Barefoot Showcases in The Baltimore, DC, and Richmond regions


We are proud to be covering Camp Barefoot for our 5th year, so stay tuned for updates in the coming months and full coverage of this years festival. We can't wait to join you all at Camp Barefoot 9.


Tickets are on sale now at > Camp Barefoot Tickets


CB9 Full Lineup 

 

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Feb
23
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Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles
 
Cory Henry, who hails from the Grammy Award-winning jazz-fusion band Snarky Puppy and previously played in Aretha Franklin’s band, is a multi-instrumentalist best known for his harmonically rich organ playing.  His new collective, The Funk Apostles, includes an all-star lineup of handpicked musicians who showcase extraordinarily versatile talent similar to Henry’s. The band performs all original music in the style of James BrownPrinceStevie Wonder, Earth Wind & Fire, and the like.
 

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SHOW INFORMATION:CEG & Nolafunk Present
Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles
 
WHEN:Thursday February 26th, 2015
7:00 PM Doors / 8:00 PM Show
 
WHERE:Gypsy Sally’s
3401 Water St. NW, Washington DC 20007

TICKETS:$20adv/$25dos seated
$15adv/$20dos standing
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Feb
18
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TONIGHT>>, Thursday February 19, Gypsy Sally's welcome's three of this generation’s most devoted artists — Ed Jurdi (from Band of Heathens), Seth Walker and Edward David Anderson (from Backyard Tire Fire) in a new collaboration: The Circle of the Song.  DC is the first stop for this project.

Ed Jurdi has been an essential element in defining his band’s kaleidoscopic American sound. From festival performances at BonnarooAustin City Limits, and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Band of Heathens has built a fiercely loyal fan base and a reputation as one of its hometown’s most vital musical resources.  Jurdi will be joined by Edward David Anderson, best-known from his critically acclaimed, vintage American rock band, Backyard Tire Fire, and contemporary blues and  Southern roots troubadour Seth Walker.

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Feb
18
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The Everyone Orchestra's Matt Butler. Photo by Suzy Perler

 

 
 
The Everyone Orchestra NE Spring Shows Include Members of Living Colour, Pink Floyd, 
String Cheese Incident, Disco Biscuits, Leftover Salmon, Trey Anastasio Band, 
Railroad Earth & more....
ASHEVILLE, NC -- The Everyone Orchestra has announced additional shows for the Eastern states for April and May 2015. Joining conductor Matt Butler in the northeast this April are Drew Emmitt (Leftover Salmon), Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident) [DC and Stroudsburg], Andrew Altman (Railroad Earth), Cris Jacobs (The Bridge),Jesse Harper (Love Canon), and Jay Starling (Love Canon). They are set to play Thursday, April 23 at Tally Ho Theatre in Leesburg, VA; Friday, April 24 at Gypsy Sally's in Washington DC; Saturday at the 8 x 10 in Baltimore MD for a Late night Charm City Bluegrass and Folk Festival show, and Sunday, April 26 at the Sherman Theatre in Stroudsburg, PA.  
In May, a different cast of characters are brought into the mix including Vernon Reid (Living Colour), Aron Magner(Disco Biscuits), Robert Mercurcio (Galactic), Durga McBroom (Pink Floyd), Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band), Ivan Jackson (Mighty High Brass Band), and Todd Stoops (Kung Fu) [Ridgefield Only]. They will play Friday, May 8th at Brooklyn Bowl in New York; Saturday, May 9th at Ardmore Music Hall near Philadelphia, PA; andSunday, May 10th at Ridgefield Playhouse in Connecticut.
Everyone Orchestra has previously announced three March shows in Northern California which feature Kris Meyers (Umphrey's McGee), Joel Cummins (Umphrey's McGee), Jamie Kime (Zappa Plays Zappa), Ben Thomas(Zappa Plays Zappa), and Kai Eckhardt (John McLaughlin Trio/Garaj Mahal). They pay Thursday, March 26th at Napa City Winery in Napa, CA, Friday, March 27th at Grass Valley Center For The Arts [NEW LOCATION] in Grass Valley, CA, and Saturday, March 28th at Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, CA. 
The Everyone Orchestra will also be performing a set at the Electric Forest Festival this June in Rothbury, MI. Stay tuned to EveryoneOrchestra.com for more on the EO lineup for the fest, as well as other special guests for all shows to be announced for the spring shows. 
Butler has been leading a rotating cast of accredited musicians through full-length shows that are entirely improvised, since 2001, after touring with the rock band Jambay. In 2012, Butler gathered particularly well-known musicians from bands like Phish, Moe., and others, and recorded Everyone Orchestra’s first studio album, Brooklyn Sessions [2012].
“The experience of playing with different musicians, improvising every night, and getting the crowd involved in ways that they can’t be at a regular show has provided an unparalleled live music experience,” said Butler. 
The Everyone Orchestra conductor/founder Matt Butler has taken its participants, both on stage and off, on improvisational journeys with the most diverse of lineups at festivals, theaters and philanthropic events both nationally and internationally. A laundry list of hundreds of musicians, dancers, singers, guest conductors and community organizations have embraced the experience of EO in single shots of musical adrenaline to the soul. Tuning in to his energy, the band and audience utilize The Conductor as their pivot to the set mood of each passing jam as he communicates with the musicians using hand signs, whiteboard and assorted mime suggestions.
The list of Everyone Orchestra participants is an increasingly wide and intercontinental group including members of The Grateful Dead, Phish, Furthur,  Ratdog, Trey Anastasio Band, Gov’t Mule, String Cheese Incident, moe., members of Allman Brothers Band, Yonder Mountain String Band, The New Mastersounds, Big Gigantic, The Punch Brothers, Dumpstaphunk, Galactic, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Railroad Earth, Thievery Corporation, Lettuce, Infamous Stringdusters, Leftover Salmon, The Flecktones, ALO, Tea Leaf Green, Tuvan throat singers, live painters, dancers, chanters, choirs, hula hoopers, fire spinners, jugglers, stilt walkers, storytellers, a presidential candidate and hundreds of others among a growing legion of other performers.
Marching clearly into uncharted territory, The Everyone Orchestra balances the challenges of live group improvisation with triumphant tension and release conduits of music which head deep into the soul. This unique collaborative of performance deeply encourages and requires audience interaction.  The edge of your seat enthusiasm for what is next is the fuel behind the continuous musical experiment of The Everyone Orchestra. 
Everyone Orchestra On The Road:
MARCH

Thu 3/26 - Napa City Winery - Napa, CA*
Fri 3/27 - Grass Valley Center For The Arts - Grass Valley, CA* NEW LOCATION
Sat 3/28 - Great American Music Hall - San Francisco, CA*
* Conducted by Matt Butler featuring Kris Meyers (Umphrey's McGee), Joel Cummins (Umphrey's McGee), Jamie Kime (Zappa Plays Zappa), Ben Thomas (Zappa Plays Zappa), Kai Eckhardt (John McLaughlin Trio/Garaj Mahal), More guests to TBA
APRIL
Thu 4/23 - Tally Ho Theatre - Leesburg, VA^
Fri 4/24 - Gypsy Sally's - Washington DC^
Sat 4/25 - 8 x 10 - Baltimore MD ^ - Late night Charm City Bluegrass and Folk Festival show
Sun 4/26 - Sherman Theatre - Stroudsburg, PA^
^Conducted By Matt Butler, featuring Drew Emmitt (Leftover Salmon), Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident) [DC and Stroudsburg], Andrew Altman (Railroad Earth), Cris Jacobs (The Bridge), Jesse Harper (Love Canon), and Jay Starling (Love Canon).
MAY
Fri 5/8 - Brooklyn Bowl - Brooklyn NY#
Sat 5/9 - Ardmore Music Hall - Ardmore, PA#
Sun 5/10 - Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT#
#Conducted By Matt Butler Featuring, Vernon Reid (Living Colour), Aron Magner (Disco Biscuits), Robert Mercurcio(Galactic), Durga McBroom (Pink Floyd), Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band), Ivan Jackson (Mighty High Brass Band), and Todd Stoops (Kung Fu) [Ridgefield Only]

JUNE
6/26-27 - Electric Forest - Rothbury, MI 
What is Everyone Orchestra → http://vimeo.com/36999515
Musicians Describe Everyone Orchestra → http://vimeo.com/33037192
For more information, tour dates, videos, downloads & more, please visit www.everyoneorchestra.com,www.facebook.com/EveryoneOrchestra, & www.twitter.com/every1orchestra
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