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.
"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.
Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad
Special guests: Janka Nabay & The Bubu Gang, Cocktail Party Phenomenon
600 14th St. NW Washington, DC 20005
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
Camp Barefoot 9 Headliners Announced
Hidden Meadows Bartow W.V
August 20th-22nd 2015
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.
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CB9 Full Lineup
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 Bonnaroo, Austin 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.
The Everyone Orchestra's Matt Butler. Photo by Suzy Perler