Legendary Improv-Rock Pioneers Legendary Improv-Rock Pioneers Col. Bruce Hampton & The Aquarium Rescue Unit Announce Exclusive Performance at PRS Guitars 30th Anniversary Concert & Celebration
Special 2015 edition of beloved absurdist jam-driven outfit to Reunite features Col. Bruce Hampton alongside original members Oteil Burbridge, Jimmy Herring, and Jeff Sipe.
RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA – Referred to in a recent Relix feature as “The Jamband Velvet Underground,” the influential dada-jam trailblazers Col. Bruce Hampton & the Aquarium Rescue Unit will return to rattle the landscape this summer with a series of live performances. A true testament to the band’s popularity is that many of these dates are on track to sell out. One of the many highlights of the tour is the just announced Free Concert on Friday, June 5th at the Rams Head Live in Baltimore, MD. To celebrate the three decades of achievement, PRS (Paul Reed Smith Guitars) is hosting an all-ages concert. Attendees will be treated to the premiere of the reunited The Aquarium Rescue Unit featuring JIMMY HERRING and COL. BRUCE HAMPTON, as well as performances by the Paul Reed Smith Band with DENNIS CHAMBERS on drums and RHONDA SMITH on bass. A third act will be announced closer to the date.
As was previously announced, this iconic band will reunite for a very special reunion tour this coming July and August. The first two shows will take place on July 29 & 30 in Boulder, CO with the final show taking place on August 16 in Brooklyn, NY. Periodic Aquarium Rescue Unit reunions, both with and without Hampton, have taken place over the past two decades, but these shows represent the band’s first sustained run of dates since 2007. The sets will feature a mix of new and old material. Another new development with the ARU Reunion Tour, many of the performances on this summer tour will be recorded in anticipation of a LIVE album, to be released later this year.
With the daring, iconoclastic Hampton at the helm, the Aquarium Rescue Unit played a seminal role in fostering today’s vital, thriving improvisational music community. And their presence is still felt: Since Hampton and the band parted ways in 1993, the band’s members have gone on to both inspire and enliven the music of the genre’s most revered practitioners: Herring (guitar) with Widespread Panic,The Dead, Jazz is Dead, the Ringers, and his own solo project. Burbridge (bass) with his band the Peacemakers and with the Allman Brothers and the Tedeschi Trucks Band; and Sipe (aka Apt. Q-258, drums) with his own trio and collaborations with Phil Lesh, Béla Fleck, Susan Tedeschi, Trey Anastasio, Jazz is Dead, Alex Machacek, Debashish Bhattacharya, and many more. For these dates, the ARU will also be joined by keyboardist Matt Slocum, who performed with them at the 2011 Georgia Theatre show.
Which leaves the good Colonel (retired)…a seismic catalyst of the first order, Hampton’s presence was first felt as a member of the cult Georgia ensemble the Hampton Grease Band. From there, Hampton – a mesmerizing blues-inflected vocalist, freewheeling guitarist, and caustic ringmaster – applied his boundless energy, cosmic wit, and fearless exploratory zeal to pursuits as varied as standup comedy, wrestling, and music ranging from free jazz to hillbilly blues. The Aquarium Rescue Unit coalesced during a weekly jam session in Atlanta before taking their act on the road, signing with Capricorn Records, and helping to found the first H.O.R.D.E. tour.
This tour is not to be missed, many dates are nearly sold-out or on track to sell out. Fans that want to see this reunion should act now!
06.05.2015 PRS Event – Ram’s Head Live, Baltimore, MD *
07.29.2015 Fox Theatre, Boulder CO
07.30.2015 Fox Theatre, Boulder CO
07.31.2015 Mishawaka, Bellveue CO
08.01.2015 Ogden Theatre, Denver CO
08.05.2015 Iron City, Birmingham, AL
08.06.2015 Cannery,Nashville TN
08.07.2015 Buckhead, Atlanta, GA
08.08.2015 Georgia Theatre, Athens, GA
08.09.2015 Orange Peel, Asheville, NC
08.12.2015 The Ritz, Raleigh, NC
08.13.2015 The National, Richmond,VA
08.14.2015 The Howard Theatre, DC
08.15.2015 Capitol Theatre, Port Chester,NY
08.16.2015 Brooklyn Bowl, NYC,NY
*New Date not previously announced