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Waterloo Music Festival Just Confirmed A Massive Inaugural Lineup June 12, 2018 12:37

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Photo by Craig Baird: Home Team Photography
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Just over a month ago, organizers of Waterloo Music Festival made quite the splash with the initial lineup for their inaugural festival on September 7th - 9th. The three-day event, which will be held at Carson Creek Ranch in Austin, TX, would feature The String Cheese Incident (x3), as well as Joe Russo's Almost Dead, Railroad Earth, The Motet, Boombox, TAUK, Marco Benevento, and many more to be announced. Earlier this morning, the festival rolled out the complete lineup, and this looks to be one of the hottest jam festivals of the summer.
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The latest additions include the likes of Oteil & Friends (Oteil Burbridge, Jeff Chimenti, Scott Metzger, John Kadlecik, Jay Lane, and Alfreda Gerald), Leftover Salmon, Perpetual Groove, BIG Something, Everyone Orchestra, Tea Leaf Green, and many more. The complete lineup can be found on the graphic below. Waterloo is presented by Heard Presents, Havin’ A Ball Productions, and Unknown Entertainment. Various ticket and camping packages are available now via the festival's official website. Make sure to follow Waterloo on both Facebook and Instagram for all of the latest updates!
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Umphrey's McGee Braves The Storm For Wild Night In Charleston June 04, 2018 13:40

Words & Photos by Nicholas Lintz: Live & Listen

While the weather tried to ruin what felt like a one-day festival last Thursday night, Umphrey's McGee and their supporting cast prevailed. Umphrey's was prepared to headline with two sets alongside opener Perpetual Groove at the Grove in Patriots Point down in the low country of Charleston SC, an area the Umphrey's frequently resides. Shortly after the gates opened, a massive storm crept up the coast and dumped what felt like a foot of rain on The Grove, forcing forced Perpetual Groove to end a little early. But a little rain wasn't going to stop this party. As soon as the storm passed, the staff quickly managed to get prepped for Umphrey's to take the stage, while folks continued to roll in by both car and boat.

While you could find some dry areas, I found myself stepping around in six inches of water all night. I have never been so excited get outside and dance in the rain. The stage was set for what was sure to be a special occasion with Umphrey's. I saw more kids jumping in puddles and more smiling faces than I've seen in quite some time. After the staff rebounded from the heavy storms, Umphrey's quickly took the stage and began delivering the funk. What was supposed to be two sets turned into a massive, nonstop 13-song set. The eventual triple encore included the debut of "What We Could Get," as well as a Pink Floyd "Comfortably Numb" cover. You can also find the full setlist + footage from the encore below. 

While the lights that Umphrey's travels with are always elite, the acoustics created by this unique tree-surrounded clearing by the water made the overall production that much more special. The teams from from Friends With Benefits Productions, known for events such as The Major Rager, as well as Charleston's WEmusic, were responsible for bringing us all the heat on this wild Thursday night. FWB focuses on community-driven events that help the surrounding areas. Thursday's event raised funds for two more than worthy, local causes: Communities in School Charleston and the Rockers 4 Knockers.

After the guys from Umphrey's shut down the Grove, much of the crowd progressed to the afterparty, which was just a short quarter mile walk away from the show. The afterparty was kicked off by a very a fresh rhythmic local group called The Artisanals. This would set the stage for the eventual debut of Doom Flamingo, a brilliant new all-star group of Charleston musicians including bassist Ryan Stasik, keyboardist Ross Bogan, drummer Stuart White, saxophonist Mike Quinn, guitarist Thomas Kenney, vocalist Kanika Moore. This group brought together some unprecedented, psychedelic fueled 80's jams that I have never seen in such fashion.

While each independent artist had something special to bring to the table, the lovely Kanika Moore stole the show with her alluring vibes and rhythmic melody. If there was anything I took away from this weekend, it was to not miss anything Friends With Benefits has a hand in, and that the 'Rise of Doom Flamingo' will continue to be an exciting, special evolution. We are excited to see what the future holds here at Live and Listen. 

Artwork by Kyndall Cooper

Setlist: Umphrey's McGee - The Grove at Patriot's Point - 05.31.18

Set: Make It Right, In The Kitchen[1], Get In The Van, Mantis > Xmas at Wartime, You & You Alone, Sociable Jimmy > Puppet String, 1348 > Half Delayed > 1348, Day Nurse > Mantis

Encore: Miss Tinkle's Overture, What We Could Get[2], Comfortably Numb

[1] with Dr. Feelgood (Mötley Crüe) jam
[2] debut, original

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show played as one set due to the weather

Watch a clip of "Comfortably Numb" here:

Check out 'Vicarious Views w/ Umphrey's McGee & Doom Flamingo' here:


Umphrey's McGee & Perpetual Groove To Join Forces In Charleston February 27, 2018 12:51

Photo by Abby Fox Photography

Proudly Presented by Friends With Benefits Productions (FWBpro) & WEmusic, rock stars Umphrey's McGee make their triumphant return to Charleston w/ Special Guests Perpetual Groove at The Grove at Patriots Point.  This unique and beautiful venue is nestled in a clearing surrounded by trees near the Yorktown Aircraft Carrier in Charleston Harbor close to the base of the Ravenel Bridge in Mt. Pleasant, SC. Come celebrate on Thursday May 31, 2018 at this space while you can— there are plans to develop the area. This will be one of the last big shows at The Grove in one of the world's top cities, Charleston, SC!

The music of Umphrey’s McGee unfolds like an unpredictable conversation between longtime friends. Its six participants—Brendan Bayliss [guitar, vocals], Jake Cinninger [guitar, vocals], Joel Cummins [keyboards, piano, vocals], Andy Farag [percussion], Kris Myers [drums, vocals], and Ryan Stasik [bass]—know just how to communicate with each other on stage and in the studio. A call of progressive guitar wizardry might elicit a response of soft acoustic balladry, or a funk groove could be answered by explosive percussion. At any moment, heavy guitars can give way to heavier blues as the boys uncover the elusive nexus between jaw-dropping instrumental virtuosity and airtight songcraft.

The conversation continues on their eleventh full-length album, it’s not us [Nothing Too Fancy Music]— Released January 12, 2018.

“It represents the band, because it basically runs the gamut from prog rock to dance,” says Brendan. “We’ve mastered our ADD here. The record really shows that.”

“No matter what you’re into, there’s something on it’s not us that should speak to you,” agrees Joel. “This is a statement album for Umphrey’s McGee. The sound is as fresh as ever. The songs are strong as they’ve ever been. We’re always pushing forward.”

It is also how the band is celebrating its 20-year anniversary. Instead of retreading the catalog, they turn up with a pile of new tunes.

The Official 21+ Late Night immediately following Umphrey's McGee's show is at nearby Omar Shrine and will host a brand new collaboration called DOOM FLAMINGO between Umphrey's McGee bassist and Charleston resident Ryan Stasik, and a slew of standout Charleston musicians including Michael Quinn [sax], Ross Bogan [keys], Stuart White [drums], Thomas Kenney [guitar] & Kanika Moore [vocals]! Local psychedelic rock outfit The Artisanals fronted by Johnny Delaware (formerly of SUSTO) will open the Afterparty festivities before DOOM FLAMINGO's synth-wave dance party! You'll need a ticket to the main event in order to attend this very special Late Night!

This concert, hosted by Friends With Benefits Productions (FWBpro), the group behind The Major Rager®, will give back to the Charleston community by partnering with the following local nonprofit organizations - Communities In Schools Charleston & Redux Contemporary Art Center! 

The mission of Communities In Schools is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. FWBpro is thrilled to be working with Redux Contemporary Art Center to activate the festival grounds. As the premier venue for emerging contemporary art in Charleston, Redux will be our exclusive art partner, providing interactive art installations and activities throughout the event.

Stay tuned for more information regarding this exciting live music experience and be on the lookout for some awesome fan-centric experiences available for purchase soon! This event will have a festival feel with delectable food vendors, multiple bars, art, and activities.  VIP Tickets include a VIP Lounge, Upgraded Private Restrooms, Preferred Stage View & Private VIP Bar (2 Drinks Included). 

Immediately following the event at the Grove, concert-goers can head a short ways down the road to the Omar Shrine for the Official 21+ Late Night with The Artisanals & DOOM FLAMINGO (Ryan Stasik of Umphrey's McGee + CHS all-stars), but the event is only open to those who purchase tickets to the main event!

Join us Thursday May 31, 2018 for one of the last big events at one of our favorite venues with some of our very favorite bands in support of Communities in Schools Charleston!

For Updates: Follow Friends With Benefits Productions on Facebook. (@FWBpro on Instagram & Twitter) & Join our mailing list at FWBpro.com!

Follow Us and RSVP on the Facebook Event Page/ invite your friends for your chance to WIN 2 FREE TICKETS to the show!  Facebook Event Page— https://www.facebook.com/events/2283766975183434/

TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY MARCH 2 at 10am ET at www.FWBpro.com

Ticket Tiers:

EARLY BIRD GA - $30 (Extremely Limited)

w/ 21 + Late Night - $50 (Ticket to Main Event Required for Admission to Late Night)

ADVANCE GA - $35

w/ 21+ Late Night - $55 (Ticket to Main Event Required for Admission to Late Night)

DOS - $40

w/ 21+ Late Night - $60 (Ticket to Main Event Required for Admission to Late Night)

VIP - $99 - (VIP include a VIP Lounge, Upgraded Private Restrooms, Preferred Stage View, Private VIP Bar & 2 Drinks Included)

w/ 21+ Late Night - $119 (Ticket to Main Event Required for Admission to Late Night)


Win Tickets To See Perpetual Groove In Alabama This Weekend February 22, 2018 12:25

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Photo by Ryan Lewis: Rylewphoto
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Georgia-based veteran jamband Perpetual Groove returns to Alabama this weekend, with highly anticipated shows at both Auburn's Bourbon Street Bar (Friday 2/23) and Birmingham's Zydeco (Saturday 2/24). Since reuniting in May of 2015, Perpetual Groove has re-energized its rabid fan base and generated a notable buzz across the jam/festival scene. As part of our promotion for these shows, we're giving away a pair of tickets for both Auburn and Birmingham. To enter the contest, share this post directly from our Facebook page, tag a friend in the comments, and comment either 'Auburn' or 'Birmingham'.  We will announce the winners at 1:00 PM CST on Friday afternoon.
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Based in Athens, GA, Perpetual Groove is a long time well established touring act with an enthusiastic fan base and international critical acclaim. PGroove's music has been described by their fans as anthemic arena rock. Their large catalog of original music offers something for everyone. The addition of an intense, retina burning, intelligent light show creates an atmosphere unlike any other, assuring fans they'll get a highly polished, yet different show each night.
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Watch Perpetual Groove perform "Three Weeks" at The Georgia Theatre here:
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Perpetual Groove Announces Extensive 2018 Tour Dates December 12, 2017 12:54

Photo by Ryan Lewis Photography

Georgia-born jam veterans Perpetual Groove have announced a 21-date tour for early 2018. This run of shows kicks off at Sky City in Augusta, GA (1/26), and continues across the southeast and up the east coast. Alabama dates include Bourbon Street Bar in Auburn (2/23), Zydeco in Birmingham (2/24) and Soul Kitchen in Mobile (3/9). See below for a complete list of dates, and stay tuned for future updates, ticket giveaways, and much more from PGroove!

Based in Athens, GA, Perpetual Groove is a long time well established touring act with an enthusiastic fan base and international critical acclaim. PGroove's music has been described by their fans as anthemic arena rock. Their large catalog of original music offers something for everyone. The addition of an intense, retina burning, intelligent light show creates an atmosphere unlike any other, assuring fans they'll get a highly polished, yet different show each night.

Watch the band's entire set from Purple Hatter's Ball (2017) here:

Perpetual Groove - 2018 Tour Dates

1/26 - Augusta - Sky City

2/1 - Asheville - Salvage Station
2/2 - Greensboro - The Blind Tiger
2/3 - Raleigh - Lincoln Theatre
2/23 - Auburn - Bourbon Street Bar
2/24 - Birmingham - ZYDECO
2/28 - Baton Rouge - Varsity Theatre - Baton Rouge, LA

3/1 - Houston - Last Concert Cafe
3/3 - Austin - Antone's
3/8 - New Orleans - The Howlin Wold New Orleans
3/9 - Mobile - Soul Kitchen

4/13 - Washington DC - 9:30 Club
4/17 - Rochester - Funk 'n Waffles Rochester
4/18 - Syracuse - Funk 'n Waffles Syracuse
4/19 - Saratoga Springs - Putnam Den
4/20 - Jay, VT - Jay Peak Resort
4/21 - NYC - The Gramercy Theatre
4/27 - Newport News - Boathouse Live
4/28 - Winston-Salem - Second and Green Tavern

5/4 - Nashville - The Basement East
5/5 - Knoxville - The Concourse at The International - Knoxville


Funk You Adds Dates With Perpetual Groove, BIG Something, CBDB, + More September 27, 2017 19:57

Words by Jordan Kirkland: Live & Listen

Augusta, Georgia's Funk You is hot on the trail yet again. The super soulful six-piece is in the midst of a busy 'end of summer' run, and they don't seem to be slowing down any time soon. Earlier today, the band announced a 22-date fall tour, which kicks off with a hometown throwdown at Augusta's Westobou Festival. From there, Funk You hits many of the southeast's premier venues, including the Charleston Pour House with BIG Something (10/27) and Revelry Room in Chattanooga with Perpetual Groove (11/2).

Mid-November will see the band New Orleans, Texas, and Colorado. Funk You will then return to the southeast for a show in Dublin, GA (11/22) and Funksgiving Music & Food Festival with CBDBSoul Mechanic, and The Talismen in Montgomery, AL (11/24). See below for a complete list of fall tour dates, and make sure to follow the band on Facebook and Instagram for all of the latest updates from the road!

Watch Funk You perform at GPB Music Studio here:

Oct. 5 / Augusta, GA @ Westobou Festival 2017

Oct. 6 / Charlotte, NC @ Heist Brewery

Oct. 14 / Greenville, SC @ GOTTROCKS

Oct. 26 / Savannah, GA @ Barrelhouse South

Oct. 27 / Charleston, SC @ Charleston Pour House w/ BIG Something

Oct. 28 / Manteo, NC @ Black Opal Masquerade Ball

Oct. 31 / Augusta, GA @ Sky City

Nov. 2 / Chattanooga, TN @ Revelry Room w/ Perpetual Groove

Nov. 7 / New Orleans, LA @ Paradigm Gardens

Nov. 8 / New Orleans, LA @ Portside Lounge

Nov. 9 / Houston, TX @ Last Concert Cafe

Nov. 10 / Dallas, TX @ Sundown at Granada

Nov. 11 / San Marcos, TX @ KIVA Lounge & Bar

Nov. 12 / Austin, TX @ ONE-2-ONE BAR

Nov. 15 / Amarillo, TX @ Leftwoods

Nov. 16 / Boulder, CO @ The Lazy Dog

Nov. 17 / Winter Park, CO @ Ullrs Tavern

Nov. 18 / Steamboat Springs, CO @ Schmiggity's

Nov. 19 / Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge

Nov. 22 / Dublin, GA @ Theatre Dublin

Nov. 24 / Montgomery, AL @ Funksgiving Music & Food Festival w/ CBDB & Soul Mechanic

Nov. 28 / Blacksburg, VA @ Sycamore Deli


Perpetual Groove Launches Kickstarter Campaign For New Studio Album September 06, 2017 10:26

Veteran Georgia jam rockers Perpetual Groove have revealed plans for their first studio album in seven years, and you can be an active part of this release. The band detailed an official Kickstarter campaign on Tuesday, which promises 'great rewards' for each of their loyal backers. The campaign even includes an entertaining video featuring frontman Brock Butler as famous television painter Bob Ross. This will be the band's first full-length studio release since 2009's Heal, which included favorites such as "Lost Connection," "Too Close To The Sun," and "Honey Cut." See below for the band's official statement via Facebook, which includes a direct link to the campaign. The official "Brock Ross" video can also be found below.

  • Be a part of Perpetual Groove history!

    It's been seven years since Perpetual Groove released a full-length album. We've never been able to release an album on vinyl. Now is the time to remedy both of these issues and we want YOU to join us in the process of doing it! Perpetual Groove has always been for the people BY the people. You have supported us from day one and now we have an entire stack of never-before heard tunes and some road tested gems that must make their way to the studio!

    With the support from all of you and this Kickstarter campaign, we'll be able to release an album in a way we have never done before. We'll be making videos of the process to share with you along the way, and will finally be able to release a vinyl recording for the first time ever!

    We've got tons of great rewards for all of our backers...and if you aren't able to pledge right now simply sharing this post with your friends would still be a huge help. Plus it'll let more people experience "the Joy of Recording with Brock Ross."

    Sincerely, Adam, Albert, Brock, and Matt - Perpetual Groove

    Click here to visit the Kickstarter campaign today!

Watch the official 'Brock Ross' video here:
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Watch Perpetual Groove's music video for "Paper Dolls" here:
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Perpetual Groove Returns To Alabama This Week August 23, 2017 12:41

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Photo by Jordan Kirkland: Live & Listen
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Veteran southern jam band Perpetual Groove has been hot on the trail since reuniting in May of 2015, and the band's loyal following in Alabama is in for a treat this week. PGroove makes its long-awaited return to Auburn on Thursday night at Bourbon Street Bar, and an intimate show at Birmingham's Zydeco will follow on Friday night. The band has a long, rich history with both of these venues, and you can rest assured that these shows will be high-energy, jam-filled occasions.
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We are giving away a pair of tickets to both upcoming shows. See below for instructions on entering the contest for either show. Make sure your Facebook settings are set to public so we can see your activity on our end. We will announce the winner for the Auburn tickets on Thursday afternoon and the winner for the Birmingham tickets on Friday afternoon.
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  • Share our Facebook post directly from the Live & Listen Facebook page.
  • Tag a friend and mention 'Auburn' or 'Birmingham' in the comments section of our post.
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    Perpetual Groove Shares HD Video Of "Naive Melody" From Reunion Show April 03, 2017 15:14

    Photo by Jordan Kirkland: Live & Listen

    After a two-year hiatus, Georgia-based jam band Perpetual Groove has been back on the road for nearly two years now.  When the band announced its two-night reunion run at the Georgia Theatre in Athens, GA, countless diehard fans rejoiced at the reality that this was a true reality.  After much footage and soundboard audio has surfaced from both shows, the band has now released full HD video of its cover of the Talking Heads' "Naive Melody."  The level of crowd participation captured in this video tells you just about everything you need to know about the energy of these shows.  You can watch the full video below, and head over to the band's official website for all of the latest 2017 PGroove updates.

    Based in Athens, GA, Perpetual Groove is a long time well established touring act with an enthusiastic fan base and international critical acclaim. PGroove's music has been described by their fans as anthemic arena rock. Their large catalog of original music offers something for everyone. The addition of an intense, retina burning, intelligent light show creates an atmosphere unlike any other, assuring fans they'll get a highly polished, yet different show each night.

    Watch Perpetual Groove perform "Naive Melody" at the Georgia Theatre (05.28.15) here:

    Watch Perpetual Groove perform "Two Shores" at the Georgia Theatre (05.29.15) here:


    Funk You Announces Massive 2017 Spring Tour January 23, 2017 12:05

    One of Georgia's hottest up-and-coming bands, Funk You, has announced details on a major Spring tour for 2017.  This run of shows will see the band through the month of April and includes supporting dates with bands such as Perpetual Groove, The Werks, and BIG Something.  The funk will kick in to full force starting on Friday, February 3rd at Birmingham's WorkPlay Theatre with BIG Something, before an opening spot for Perpetual Groove at the Georgia Theatre on Friday, February 10th.  

    A five-night run with The Werks will follow, which includes stops in Asheville (2/15), Atlanta (2/16), Jacksonville (2/17), Savannah (2/18), and Charleston (2/19).  Funk You will then head out west for a week in Colorado in early March before making its back through Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana.  The tour winds down with a hometown show for The Major Rager Afterparty (Augusta - 4/06), and shows in Virigina Beach (4/13), Wilmington (4/14), and Greenville (NC - 4/15).  You can also find Funk You performing at SweetWater 420 Festival at Centennial Park in Atlanta, GA on April 23rd.  See below for a full list of tour dates.

    For all of the latest Funk You news, head to the band's Facebook page and official website.

    Watch Funk You and friends perform Prince's "1999" at the 2016 SweetWater 420 Fest afterparty here:

    Official Bio: Funk You (Augusta, GA)

    Hailing from the east side GA town of Augusta, FUNK YOU is an outgoing burst of energy that is continually climbing their way to the top of the music scene. This "funk" oriented outfit projects multiple musical styles focusing mainly on dance driven grooves with powerful clean vocals. Incorporating intriguing musical composition, tasteful lyrics, and crowd captivating live performances, FUNK YOU is surely to make an imprint on your musical taste.


    FUNK YOU provides the audience with a furious fusion of influences ranging from Umphrey's Mcgee, Lettuce, James brown, and Stevie Wonder. By colliding funk, jam, rock, fusion, and prog into one uniform sound, these guys will keep your jaw dropped and your feet moving without stopping. Their songs combine lush ambiance, catchy vocals, and intense shredding simultaneously into a unique well defined sound.


    For three years the band has been building their fan base in the southern local markets of Atlanta, Augusta, Athens, Statesboro, Milledgeville, Savannah and Macon. They have numerous sold out shows in Augusta and also at the Georgia Theater in Athens. With performances alongside Maceo Parker & Fred Wesley (James Brown horn section), Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Tea Leaf Green, Robert Randolph, Snarky Puppy, and Moon Taxi, the band is paving their way to the festival circuit. FUNK YOU was voted best R&B band by August Magazine and was named Relix Magazine's "Artist On the Rise" in their July/August 2013 issue. Perseverance and hard work best describe the band's attitude, so if you haven't yet, you will be seeing them soon.


    All Things PGroove: An Interview With Brock Butler & Matt McDonald January 12, 2017 12:45

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    Interview and Photos by Jordan Kirkland: Live & Listen
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    Anytime you have the opportunity to ring in the new year with one of your favorite bands, you know that you're in for a special occasion.  After many successful New Year's runs with bands like Widespread Panic, Phish, and Umphrey's McGee, we decided that it was way past due for a New Year's celebration with Perpetual Groove, who was scheduled for a three-night run at Terminal West.  This band has held a special place in our heart for well over a decade, and they have been absolutely on fire since reuniting in the spring of 2015.  We were lucky enough to have the opportunity to sit down with Brock Butler (guitar/vocals) and Matt McDonald (keyboards) for a quick interview just before the band took the stage on New Year's Eve.  Hope you all enjoy this one as much as we did.
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    Brock:  This was 2009 or 2010.  I think it was 2010.  So, everybody else thought it was a James Bond theme. We did do a bit of "Diamonds Are Forever," as well as "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds," "Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes," but the bulk of the new covers were Neil Diamond songs.  We like to pull fast ones, so it was really funny to see everyone out there with martini glasses and everything.  It wasn't mean spirited or anything...
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    Matt:  Our marketing director, Darrel Smith, handles all of our social media nowadays. He’s awesome. Darrel sent me all of the submissions and I then sent it out via email to the rest of the band members for us to discuss further. The very first submission was the album All This Everything complete. We loved the idea and knew it would be the ultimate curve ball. Two of our albums on the first two nights of the run seemed like a great idea and provides us with the opportunity to release these as *Live* albums like we did last year with Sweet Oblivious Antitode.
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    Matt: I love Terminal West. Everything about it. The room, the stage, the people, the staff. It’s a real Atlanta gem. I’ll play here for as long as they’ll have us! Brock loves the Facebook! I try not to read too many comments on anything. Learned that lesson the hard way back in ’07. (laughs)
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    I really don't get that either.  Like you said (Brock), all of these bands are pulling from a very similar audience.  I'm sure there has been at least one festival where The Disco Biscuits, P Groove, and The Motet have all performed.  I've never understood why so many people feel the need to "take sides" with bands amongst this music scene.
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    Brock:  I call it the "gang mentality."  I don't understand it.  For me, I just love music.  I don't feel the need to categorize it.  I certainly have my preference on things, but why would anyone do themselves that disservice?  It's like going to a buffet, seeing all of these gorgeous choices of food, and saying, "No man.  It's steak and only steak!  I don't care how good that fucking shrimp cocktail looks.  Steak for life!"  You miss out on something that might have been very tasty.  
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    I'm sure you are familiar with Phantasy Tour.  As much as I love the concept of that site, it has somewhat of a notorious reputation for people expressing a lot of animosity towards other bands.  It has always reminded me of people arguing on college football forums and getting caught up in the nonsense. It draws that same type of emotion of what people are most passionate about.  No matter who the band is, if you're not getting their best effort on New Year's, something is wrong.
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    Brock:  I've read some of the harsh comments over the years, and I've developed thick enough skin that it really doesn't bother me.  I really just get puzzled by it all.  I can understand if we're not someone's particular "thing," but I don't understand it when it escalates to animosity and malicious gossip.  So, long and short, variety is the spice of life, and Atlanta has a lot of options.  To have a sold out show here tonight...it's like what I said during "Walking In Place" last night.  With all of the great options in this city, it really means a lot that we were the audience's choice. 
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    Matt: Very true, you have to bring the heat on NYE. That’s what was so great about last year doing the destination shows. Every weekend we played got treated like a NYE run. Let’s face it, you should try to bring that energy to every single show no matter what the weekend is or city you may be in.

    Watch Perpetual Groove's music video for "Paper Dolls" here:

    That's got to be an amazing feeling.  We're coming up on close to two years since you guys reunited for that unbelievable show at the Georgia Theatre.  I've been to a lot of shows, and that one is up there with the best of them.  The energy in that room was on another level.  There were moments when the audience was singing louder than the band.  
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    Brock: Oh yeah.  I could feel it.  You don't really have that opportunity often.  Coming off of a two-year hiatus...that's kind of a once in a lifetime thing.  You can't expect to have that kind of intensity at every show.
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    Matt: When Newt and I were mixing those first two nights back he bounced a version for me that is just the mics in the room. All you hear is the audience singing along. It’s awesome.
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    You've now had a chance to return to so many major stages across the country.  I know it's got to be an amazing feeling to pack out these venues and kind of pick up where you left off.  Can you tell me a little bit about this experience since the reunion?
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    Brock:  Oh yeah...humility and gratitude.  Which is always just two great things for any situation if you're trying to turn your life around.  Personally, for me, these are things that if you're trying to tighten up and find amends and redemption and things like that, a lot of it starts with being humbled.  From that humility comes gratitude and appreciation.  Ultimately, at least from my part, that translated into joy.  To be clear eyed enough and know just how fortunate we've all been.  Having it absent from my life and now having it back in my life and realizing that my life is just so much better with it.  
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    As a long time fan of this band...I know I've told you guys this before, but your music brings out emotions that are just hard to describe. The music scene and the world in general is a better place with Perpetual Groove in it.  It's no secret that there are a lot of people who feel the same way.
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    Watch Perpetual Groove perform "Lost Connection" during an acoustic set on the Georgia Theatre rooftop here:
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    I definitely agree with that.  So, since you guys have been back, you have released the "Paper Dolls" single, as well as the four-song EP Familiar Stare.  Since that point, how much new material has been in the works?  Looking ahead to 2017, are there plans to get back into the studio?
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    Well, 2016 was a very busy year for you guys.  This was definitely the most extensive touring that P Groove has done in years.  What are you guys thinking in terms of how the schedule is going to shape out, the festival plays, all of that?  What are your goals, and how to do you guys plan to balance everything out?
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    Matt:  Yeah...I think that's what we should do.  Like what you were just saying with these 2017 dates.  The weekend warrior thing seems a little more realistic for what we do.  The longevity at this point is important, and we want to keep doing it.  However, we don't want to burn ourselves out.  We had about 10 years of burning ourselves out.  There were some old vibes that came back on the last tour that made us think, "Ehh...I love you guys, but I don't want to be gone from my family, or around you" (laughs).  I think it keeps us fresher, and we approach the music with more energy.
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    Well, I think at this point, there is only one thing left to do, and that's to go out, rock that Terminal West stage one last time in 2016, and end this crazy year in style.  Thanks so much for taking the time to sit and chat for a few minutes.
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    Perpetual Groove Performs 'LiveLoveDie' Album In Its Entirety December 31, 2016 14:30

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    Words and Photos by Jordan Kirkland: Live & Listen
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    Perpetual Groove continued its three-night New Year's stand at Terminal West on Friday night, and the anticipation amongst the band's faithful was apparent from the moment you walked in the door.  On this night, the band was scheduled to perform the LiveLoveDie album in it's entirety.  This seems to be a bit of a growing New Year's tradition for the band, as they performed the Sweet Oblivious Antidote album during last year's run.  The lights went down just before 11:00 PM, and we were ready for another rockin' night of PGroove originals.
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    As expected, the set began with the heavy hitting "Save For One," which was followed by "Two Shores," a song that strikes a nerve in me that very few are capable of.  The pace slowed a bit with the peaceful "To Shed Light Or Cast Shadows," before special guest Damien Perry would make his first of many appearances for a scorching take on "Mayday."  Perhaps the most well known track on the album, "It Starts Where It Ends," was up next, and what a powerful performance it was.  I don't think there was a person in the room who's arms weren't in the air, shouting every word to the classic ballad.  "Crapshoot" sent the set back into heavy form, before Brock Butler (guitar/vocals) led us through the always catchy "Dust." 
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    The sing-along vibes would continue with "So Much As Goodbye," which might have contained the most extensive improv jamming of the evening.  The more rare "Legends of Preston" was next on the list, featuring some heavy synth from Matt McDonald (keys) and truly raw emotion from Butler.  Damien Perry returned to the stage to lend a hand on a red hot take on "Speed Queen," and I can't imagine there has been a much more powerful performance of this song in the past.  Watching Butler and the Perry brothers trade licks and continuously build up such a powerful tune was easily one of the highlights of the night. 
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    Just when we thought we were finished with "Speed Queen," Butler ripped into the opening notes of Black Sabbath's "War Pigs," which would be the first time the band has ever played the classic rock hit.  This ultimately led back into "Speed Queen," before another ultimate sing-a-long, "Only Always," would bring this wild set to a close.  Friday night's encore was one which I'll never forget, as the band kicked into "Breeze" before making it's way it's way through a killer version of The Butthole Surfers' "Pepper" with special guest John Hruby on keys.  The decision to follow with the classic "Walking In Place" couldn't have more perfect, and Butler even managed to take a moment to recognize our fallen brother Andrew McConnell (Live Music Daily) mid-way through the song. 
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    Perpetual Groove - Terminal West - Atlanta, GA - 12.30.16
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    Setlist: Save For One, Two Shores, To Shed Light or Cast Shadows, Mayday*, It Starts Where it Ends, Crapshoot, Dust, So Much As Goodbye, Legends of Preston, Speed Queen* > War Pigs*# > Speed Queen > Only Always 
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    Perpetual Groove Kicks Off Terminal West Run In Fine Form December 30, 2016 17:00

    Words and Photos by Jordan Kirkland: Live & Listen

    Georgia-born jam rockers Perpetual Groove returned to Atlanta's Terminal West on Thursday night for the first of a big three-night New Year's run.  Several weeks ago, the band revealed that they would be accepting setlist submissions from it's rabid fan base for night one, but there was one rule involved.  The submissions could not include any songs from the LiveLoveDie album, as they will be playing it in it's entirety on Friday night.

    The show kicked off with a "Life," which ultimately segued into "All This Everything Pt.1."  As the set continued with "All This Everything Pt. 2," it became apparent that the band was working it's way through the entire All This Everything album.  "53 More Things To Do In Zero Gravity" was up next, a mellow instrumental tune that always takes you on a journey.  One of my personal favorites, "Andromeda," would follow, and if that song doesn't make you smile, I don't know what will.  Some of the most uplifting lyrics I've ever heard, accompanied by some powerful, uplifting jamming.  

    The set continued with "Long Past Settled In," before Adam Perry (bass) led us straight into "Crocket and Tubbs." Next up was "The Universe," which slowed the pace a bit before Albert Suttle (drums) kicked in super nostalgic into to "Stealy Man."  This tune features some of Brock Butler's (guitar/vocals) finest, most melodic playing (in my personal opinion), accompanied by some heavy notes from Matt McDonald (keys).  The band then worked its way through "Left To Drifting," "Scooter," and "Gone Round The Twist."  The raging "Occam's Blazer" came next and sent the entire room into a frenzy.  Butler was taking his solos to another level, and the spacey effects from McDonald's synth had everyone moving.  This red hot set would ultimately end with the final tow tracks from All This Everything, "For Now Forget" and "...and Everything.  

    After a brief exit, the band returned to the stage for a scorching two song encore which featured "Space Paranoids," the opening track from the Honey Cuts album (2010).  The boys would then call on guitarist Damien Perry for a raging cover of Led Zeppelin's "When The Levee Breaks" to close out the show.  If you're in the Atlanta area, or within driving distance, you might want to go ahead and secure your tickets for tonight's show, as well as the New Year's Eve show which will feature three sets of P-Groove.  Something truly special is in the works this weekend at Terminal West, and I can't wait to see how it plays out.

    Perpetual Groove - Terminal West - Atlanta, GA - 12.29.16

    Setlist: Life > All This Everything Pt. 1, All This Everything Pt. 2, 53 More Things to Do In Zero Gravity, Andromeda, Long Past Settled In, Crockett & Tubbs, The Universe, Stealy Man, Left to Drifting, Scooter, Gone Round The Twist, Occams Blazer, For Now Forget, …and Everything

    Encore: Space Paranoids, When the Levee Breaks*

    Notes: *with Damien Perry


    Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival Announces Initial 2017 Lineup November 10, 2016 10:45

    Okeechobee Music & Arts festival has announced its initial lineup for the second annual festival held at the Sunshine Grove in Okeechobee, FL.  The festival is scheduled for March 2nd - March 5th (2017) and tickets can be purchased today by clicking here.   Acts include Solange, who just performed on "Saturday Night Live," Bassnectar, Usher & The Roots, Kings of Leon, The Lumineers, Usher & The Roots, Flume, Wiz Khalifa, Pretty Lights, Rae Sremmurd, Young The Giant, Porter Robinson (Live), Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, as well as several our favorite bands like Perpetual Groove, The Revivalists, Moon Taxi, TAUK, and CBDB.

    A limited quantity of both 3-day and 4-day Early Bird festival tickets as well as Early Bird VIP packages are on sale now at the Okeechobee Music Festival website. Early Bird 3 day GA price is $229, Early Bird 4 day GA price is $249, and Early Bird Eternal Sunshine VIP price is $599.


    Perpetual Groove Announces 29-Show Fall Tour May 24, 2016 09:28

      

    Photos by Jordan Kirkland: Live & Listen

    Press Release via Perpetual Groove

    Perpetual Groove is proud to announce their first full-length tour in over three years. Following the hiatus, the band enjoyed a limited number of two-night destination runs in 2015, all to sellout crowds. After working in the studio to develop a new EP(set for release later this summer), PGroove is ready to hit the road and bring new music to it’s fans! Tour kicks off at home August 19th, at the beloved Georgia Theatre in Athens, GA with a quick run up to Chattanooga, TN on August 20th to play the Southern Brewers Festival.

    September will bring the group back to it’s Southern city of origin- Savannah, Georgia, for two nights at the Lucas Theatre. Come celebrate this special weekend in the town where Brock Butler and Adam Perry originally founded Perpetual Groove, as students of Savannah College of Art & Design. After the formation, the band would quickly become the defacto house band at local watering hole JJ Cagney’s, where they would hone their unique sound before touring nationally. Perpetual Groove could not be more thrilled to perform at the beautiful Lucas Theatre, their first show in Savannah since 2008!

    The band will then work it’s way up the mid Atlantic until a performance at Catskill Chill Music Festival and drop down through Ohio, Nashville, and Charlotte. In October, the band heads to Colorado for a week of shows, wrapping up with a two-night run in Denver at Cervante’s Masterpiece. After celebrating Halloween in Austin for the first time, they'll spend two more nights in Texas before heading across the Gulf Coast with plays in New Orleans and Pensacola. The band returns to their traditional early December Sunshine State run in Florida with a night in Tampa, followed by two nights at a band and fan favorite, Culture Room in Ft. Lauderdale. Perpetual Groove will wrap up 2016 and ring in the New Year with another triple play at Atlanta’s Terminal West!

    For more information on Perpetual Groove or to purchase tickets to their fall shows, please visit pgroove.net

    For marketing requests, please contact Darrel Smith Jr. @ dsmithjr@droisys.com

    Watch Perpetual Groove's Tour Announcement Video Here:

    Perpetual Groove Fall Tour 2016 Dates

    8/19 Georgia Theatre - Athens, GA
    8/20 Southern Brewers Festival - Chattanooga, TN
    9/16 Lucas Theatre for the Arts - Savannah, GA
    9/17 Lucas Theatre for the Arts - Savannah, GA
    9/22 Lincoln Theatre - Raleigh, NC
    9/23 Rams Head Live - Baltimore, MD
    9/24 The National - Richmond, VA
    9/25 Catskill Chill Music Festival
    9/28 Woodlands Tavern - Columbus, OH
    9/29 Bogart's - Cincinnati, OH
    9/30 Marathon Music Works - Nashville, TN
    10/1 Neighborhood Theatre - Charlotte, NC
    10/22 New Mountain Asheville/Outdoor Stage - Asheville, NC
    10/24 George's Majestic Lounge - Fayetteville, AK
    10/26 The Fox Theatre - Boulder, CO
    10/27 Aggie Theatre - Ft Collins, CO
    10/28 Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom - Denver, CO
    10/29 Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom - Denver, CO
    10/31 Parish Austin - Austin, TX
    11/2 House of Blues Houston - Houston, TX
    11/3 House of Blues Dallas - Dallas, TX
    11/4 The Howlin Wolf New Orleans - New Orleans, LA
    11/5 Vinyl Music Hall - Pensacola, FL
    12/1 Crowbar - Tampa, FL
    12/2 culture room - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    12/3 culture room - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    12/29 Terminal West - Atlanta, GA
    12/30 Terminal West - Atlanta, GA
    12/31 Terminal West - Atlanta, GA

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    Win Free Tickets to See Perpetual Groove at WorkPlay Soundstage (Fri. 4/15) April 12, 2016 07:43

     

    Photo by Jordan Kirkland: Live & Listen

    Live & Listen is excited to announce that we are teaming up with our friends at WorkPlay in Birmingham, AL for multiple ticket giveaways this Spring and Summer.  Next up is one of the hottest bands on the jam/festival scene, Perpetual Groove. PGroove is fresh off of a major 2015 reunion tour and rolling into Birmingham, AL on Friday, April 15th.  New wave synth-rockers Downright will provide direct support on Friday night.  See below for complete details on how you can win a free pair of tickets to the show.

    About Perpetual Groove:

    Based in Athens, GA, Perpetual Groove is a long time well established touring act with an enthusiastic fan base and international critical acclaim. PGroove's music has been described by their fans as anthemic arena rock. Their large catalog of original music offers something for everyone. The addition of an intense, retina burning, intelligent light show creates an atmosphere unlike any other, assuring fans they'll get a highly polished, yet different show each night.

    After a two year hiatus Perpetual Groove is back.

     

    We have one pair of tickets to giveaway, and we will announce a winner at 3:00 PM CST on Thursday (4/14). The winner's name (+1 guest) will be placed on the list at Will Call at WorkPlay on Friday night.  

    How the contest works....

    1: 'Like' this post directly on our Facebook page.

    2: Share this post directly from our Facebook page.  Make sure your privacy settings are set to 'Public' so we can see that you shared the post.

    3: Tag a friend who you would like to take to the show in the comments on our Facebook page.

    4: The winner will be announced on our Facebook page on Thursday (4/14) at 3:00 PM CST.

     

    Photo by Jordan Kirkland: Live & Listen


    McLovins Discuss New Album, Life After School, Playing with Perpetual Groove October 02, 2015 10:49

    It's no secret that we are big fans of McLovins.  We were lucky enough to learn about these guys when they blew up the internet at age 15.  Since that time in 2009, the band has released two EP's and four full length albums, while touring the country and balancing their education simultaneously.  On Monday, October 5th, the band will release their 5th studio album, McLovins. We caught up with the guys last night while they traveled to Columbus, Ohio for tonight's show at Scarlet & Grey Cafe to all of the latest scoop. 

    McLovins: Jake Huffman, Jason Ott, Justin Berger, Atticus Kelly

    Interview by Jordan Kirkland - Live & Listen

    After six years of playing and touring while balancing academics, school is finally out of the way. How excited are you guys to focus strictly on the music?

    Justin: It's basically like a whole new life.  We're ready to make this work.  It's everything that we want to do, so all of our focus is being put into touring, the album, the music... everything that involves the live show.

    Atticus: Plus we get to hit the markets that we weren't able to hit when people were in school.  For example, a market like Syracuse, that has a big college population that wouldn't be there while we were playing.  So it really opens things up a bit.

    Jake:  Definitely.  We're all about this being a marathon and not a sprint.  We're all in this for the long haul.  We have a legit five year plan for this thing, and we're all super excited just to get out and do this.


    The new self-titled album drops on Monday, October 5th.  Every new release is big for any band, but this one seems like it could be a real turning point for the band. Tell me about the preparation and recording process this go-round.

    Jake:  This time was much different than anything we've every tackled musically.  The way we wrote these songs; the structure and the form of these songs was very calculated.  There are a lot of drafts, versions, and demos that we did.  A lot of the time we would write out the song, then jam it out, listen to it, and critique it.  We'd then go back to the drawing board, and sometimes change the entire song and rebuild from the ground up.  You can definitely tell when you listen to the record that it's a departure from what we've done before.  It's a more mature step into the future for us musically.

    Atticus:  It's certainly calculated, but I think we went to great lengths to make sure that it still sounded organic, and didn't sound calculated.  We had a lot of help from our producer, Bill Sherman, who is just about as qualified as they come to do anything musically, so that really helped.  It was also the first time that we really had a true producer on an album.  It used to be, especially in the early days, that we would go in and play live.  We might do a few overdubs and whatnot, but this time we went in and so much of the feedback came from Bill.  Just in that process, we really learned how to take notes from a producer and how to change the music.  Ultimately, I think it made the songs a lot tighter and more easily accessible to people.

    Jake:  It's funny, you know?  It's a much different album than the "jam band" that we have created, in the sense that the length of the songs are a lot shorter.  I like to think that we took the part of the jam band that is very versatile and genre standing, and we made a very eclectic album.  All the tracks are very different.  It ranges from like country, to hard rock, to some funk.  I think we did a pretty great job of making it a very well rounded album, but we kept the integrity of the songwriting, which I think is a little bit different than what some jam bands are going for right now.  We're very excited for everyone to hear it.

     


    Next Friday, the band returns to Brooklyn Bowl, one of the country's premier intimate venues. This time things are a little different.  You're supporting Perpetual Groove on their highly anticipated reunion tour. How did this combo come together?

    Justin: Well we're lucky that Jake has a nice personal connection with Brock (Butler), and they've shared a good bit of music and lyrics recently.  And then their keyboardist, Matt McDonald, is actually a fan of one of my high school bands, somehow.  I have no idea how that happened.  There's quite a few small connections that helped these shows come together and help this relationship build.

    Jake: I used to listen to Perpetual Groove when I first got my driver's license.  I'd blast their music with the windows down.  It's pretty incredible that now we're about to share the stage with them. I feel like it's such a good fit for us to open up for them.  We're all super excited about it.  It's gonna be a crazy night.  We're actually doing two shows with them.  We'll be with them in Denver in December.  These are definitely two of the most anticipated shows in the history of our band.


    I'm sure each tour has its theme with certain music that gets played in the van.  Who seems to be in the lead so far on this tour?

    Atticus: Normally, I'd say it would be me, but with this most recent run we had a bigger trailer, which opened up some extra room in the van.  So I of course claimed the most comfortable seat, far away from the radio.  So that didn't end up working out.  But speaking of musical themes, we have closed every show on this run so far with
    "Ophelia" by The Band, which has been interesting.  We keep getting it more and more correct.  Maybe someday we'll get it perfect.

    Jake: As far as music played in the band, I think it's been different everytime we've jumped in there.  Sometimes, it's been a little country.  Sometime's its hip hop.  Sometimes its...Twiddle (laughs).  It has no rhyme or reason. That's for sure.

     

          Listen to "Talk About It" and "Gold In The World" by McLovins

     

    2016 will clearly be a big year for you guys. First full year out of school, as well as supporting an album which will still be very fresh.  What kind of goals does the band have for the new year?

    Jake:  We're definitely going to try and get our show count upwards up 150, maybe 200 shows.  I don't know if we'll actually make that mark, but that's the mindset we have going in.  We're gonna play, play,play.

    Atticus: Road warriors status!

    Jake:  We're gonna really tour this album out and really get our sound out there.  We're gonna try to go into this with no strings attached and make as big of a splash as possible.  Hopefully, people can feel the ripples in the water.

    Jason: Definitely want to get more people out to our shows.  I think we're gonna be focusing on that more.  I don't mean that in a bad way, but we're trying to hit some new markets, take chances.  Ultimately, keep coming to those markets and try to see real growth in 2016.

    Atticus: I think that will really start to happen when we push the album and start embracing the sound of the new album, which we're actively doing.  I think that the buzz will buzz itself.

    We're exicted to bring McLovins back to Alabama in this Fall.  They'll play the Blueberry Jam Sessions on November 22nd, along with The Revivalists, Earphunk, and Maradeen,  They will also play Funksgiving on November 22nd, along with Robert Randolph & The Family Band and BYOG.

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    Perpetual Groove's Two-Night Reunion Run: HD Video Bundle July 14, 2015 09:35

    Perpetual Groove and Consume Media have teamed up to bring you complete video footage from the band's two night reunion run at the Georgia Theatre in Athens, GA on Thursday, May 28th & Friday, May 29th, 2015 .  The package is scheduled for a Tuesday, September 1st release.  Pre-order the package today and receive a complimentary copy of the late afternoon acoustic rooftop set from Brock Butler and Matt McDonald on Friday, May 29th.  See below for a sneak peak of the production ("Stealy Man" - Encore from Thursday 5/28).

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    Night One

    Set 1

    • Release (7:33)
    • Speed Queen (13:57)
    • A Day The Way (8:13)
    • Out Here (9:51)
    • Andromeda (4:02)
    • Holy Ship (7:23)
    • Sun Dog (16:39)

    Set 2

    • Life (5:25)
    • Occams Blazer (16:02)
    • Naive Melody (8:16)
    • Green Tea (9:35)
    • Orange Wedge (7:18)
    • Macumba (9:23)
    • Green Tea (1:00)
    • Lemurs (9:17)

    Encore

    • Stealy Man (14:57)
    • Space Paranoids (9:57)
    • Trouble (8:06)

    Night Two

    Set 1

    • It Starts Where It Ends (11:41)
    • Three Weeks (15:15)
    • Paper Dolls (7:33)
    • Walkin in Place (8:22)
    • Cairo (12:19)
    • Robot Waltz (12:16)
    • Sweet Oblivious Antidote (10:35)

    Set 2

    • TSM2 (13:38)
    • Two Shores (13:33)
    • Mr. Transistor (2:52)
    • Echo (5:27)
    • Mr. Transistor (11:12)
    • All My Friends (8:46)
    • Teakwood Betz (24:52)

    Encore

    • Only Always (10:30)
    • And Everything (3:49)

    Acoustic Rooftop

    • My Favorite Color*
    • Dust*
    • The Universe>
    • Casa
    • No Decorations
    • I Know What I Know
    • Lost Connection
    • Tupelo Honey
    • Under Lock & Key
    • Tusevun
    • Float On

    *Brock & Matt

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    Perpetual Groove To Return This Week After Two-Year Hiatus May 26, 2015 09:03

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    Perpetual Groove, who have been on an indefinite hiatus since their last appearance at the Georgia Theatre on April 5th, 2013, will reunite this Thursday (5/28) and Friday (5/29) for two highly anticipated, sold out shows in Athens.  PGroove originally formed while original members Brock Butler (guitar/vocals), Adam Perry (bass), Joe Stickney (drums), and Brett Hinton (keyboards) were in school at Savannah College of Art and Design.  Stickney and Hinton left the band in 2001 and were soon replaced by current members Albert Suttle (drums) and Matt McDonald (keyboards), when the band truly began to take form.  
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    Those unable to attend this weekend's show in Athens can still take part in the band's reunion, as Yahoo! Live will present a free broadcast of Perpetual Groove's show at the Georgia Theatre on FridayMay 29 as part of the Live Nation series of webcasts. Friday night's show is scheduled to begin at 9:00 PM EST and can be streamed live by clicking the link below.
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    PGroove's first full US tour was in 2003. Early on, the band earned a reputation for their vigorous touring and hard work.  They toured the country extensively, gaining a new legion of die-hard fans in New England and the Northeast, and a strong following on the West Coast, along with an ever-growing fan-base in the South.  PGroove has performed many US festivals with performances at All Good Music Festival, Gathering of the Vibes, Wakarusa, Bonnaroo, Jam Cruise, High Sierra, Jazz Fest, Riverbend and their own annual gathering, Amberland.  International appearances included Jam in the Dam and Caribbean Holidaze.
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    The band announced in January of 2013 that they would be taking an indefinite hiatus following their Winter/Spring Tour.  Perry, Suttle, and McDonald have continued touring under the name Ghost Owl ever since, while front man Brock Butler tended to personal matters and performed solo, acoustic gigs at festivals and venues along the East Coast.  More recently, Butler has performed much of the PGroove catalog with a bluegrass project known as "PGrass."
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    (Perpetual Groove - "Naive Melody" - AURA Music Festival 2013)
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    In addition to this week's two-night run in Athens, PGroove have announced they will play four sets over two nights at the 2015 Resonance Music & Arts Festival in Ohio on September 25 & 26.  The appearance at Resonance is the only 2015 festival date the band has announced thus far.  Other tour dates include a two-night run at State Theater in St. Petersburg, FL (7/31 - 8/1).
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    Stay tuned to Live & Listen for coverage of this weekend's festivities in Athens!