In the early ’90s, Col. Bruce Hampton and the Aquarium Rescue Unit emerged from Atlanta. The group featured an array of young hotshot musicians fronted by Hampton, who had been a fixture in the city’s musical avant-garde since his late ’60s group the Hampton Grease Band, which had an unlikely and important advocate in Duane Allman. (more…)
Atlanta-based jam-band pioneers Col. Bruce Hampton & the Aquarium Rescue Unit spent a lot of time on the road in the early ’90s, and plenty of it was in Colorado. “I guess we played about thirty cities in Colorado,” says Bruce Hampton. “We covered it. We would stay up there three months at a time. We always seemed to play at our best when we were there.” (more…)
Jam-rock stalwarts the Aquarium Rescue Unit have announced they will kick off their 13-city reunion tour of the U.S. on July 29.
Under the mentorship of Col. Bruce Hampton, the dream team of world-class instrumentalists will bring their distinctive brand of experimental and progressive rock to fans in cities from Boulder to New York. Since forming in 1988, the band has been an inspiration to jam acts that include Phish, the Dave Matthews Band, Blues Traveler and Bela Fleck, among others. (more…)
Col. Bruce Hampton has a way of making musicians better. His surrealist, boundary-breaking approach to music, improvisation and life in general has a magical effect on those that play with the “father of jam bands.” Members of Phish, Widespread Panic, Blues Traveler, R.E.M. and The Grateful Dead, Derek Trucks, Dave Matthews, Warren Haynes and many more consider Hampton to be a musical visionary and at least partially credit him with their successes. (more…)