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Second Annual 'Area 54' Will Feature Pink Talking Fish + Much More September 18, 2017 15:57

Press Release via C4 Productions

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We meet at the convergence of time and space where the aliens show us how disco is really done. We’re returning to claim the pyramids for the disco in the sky for our 2nd Annual Area 54. A portion of this event’s profits go to benefit our Cahaba Riverkeeper. With Area 51 meets Studio 54, disco –alien costuming is preferred as attendees help bring Area 54 to life!

This themed event will be held on November 17th at Old Car Heaven beginning at 7:30 PM until the wee hour of 3:00 AM. With two stages C4 Productions bring you a variety of musical stylings provided by two full sets of Pink Talking Fish, as well as Daily Bread, BioLux, Soul Mob, Don Mega, Lee J, Aleatorien, and more to be announced!

For an enhanced musical experience, we’re pleased to bring you the audio visual stimulation that you’ve come to know and love from C4 Productions. With the styling and artwork from Lumen Nature, John & Katie Gaiser: A Married Couple, Low Spark Arts, ShatterWorms, MegaVision, and Media Visions, our out-of-this-world visualizations will be found in every nook and corner inside Old Car Heaven as well as the surrounding of our outdoor second stage!

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Check out the official recap video from the inaugural Area 54 here:

Video by Lumen Nature

Meet The Lineup:

Pink Talking Fish

Pink Talking Fish: complete with two sets and an encore! A Fusion of Pink Floyd, The Talking Heads and Phish! Pink Talking Fish is a Hybrid Tribute Fusion Act that takes the music from three of the world's most beloved bands and creates a special treat for fans of the music.

Pink Floyd, The Talking Heads and Phish are all more than just bands... they are Phenomenons. Their creations have artistically inspired people and their mindblowing live performances have brought people together to form a special sense of community around the love for their favorite band.

Although the music from each act is different, Pink Talking Fish has discovered that fusing the material together creates an amazing story. The epic emotion of Pink Floyd.... The funky, danceable layerings of The Talking Heads.... The multitude of styles, unique compositional structures and pure fun of Phish.... to merge these three into one gives music lovers a special experience.
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Pink Talking Fish features Eric Gould (former/founding member of Particle) on bass, Richard James on keyboards, Zack Burwick on drums and Dave Brunyak on guitar. This is a band created by musicians who love the music of these acts. Its purpose is to heighten people's passion for this music by creating something fresh and exciting for fans.

Discovering connections is part of the fun: Pink Floyd's "On the Run" seamlessly fitting in the middle of the composition of Phish's "You Enjoy Myself". Perfectly placing Phish's "Sand" into the groove of The Talking Head's "Slippery People". Segued collections from all three acts such as Run Like Hell > Psycho Killer > Run Like An Antelope > Run Like Hell or Mike's Song > Have A Cigar > Once In A Lifetime > Weekapaug Groove. These ideas are the spirit behind Pink Talking Fish.
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The story is ever evolving. The experience is always exciting. Come join Pink Talking Fish for the ultimate fusion tribute and celebrate the love of this music in unique fashion.

Watch Pink Talking Fish perform at AURA Music & Arts Festival (2016) here:

Daily Bread

Atlanta based crate digger & multi-instrumentalist, Rhett Whatley, offers up a fresh organic sound strategically woven around innovative electronic production techniques. Garnering praise from fans and critics alike for his unique approach to vinyl collaging & synthesis, Daily Bread flawlessly delivers emotion dripped compositions that simeltanously move dance floors. Creative use of beat driven samples from a vast collection channel nostalga, yet something alos 100% brand new Atlanta based crate digger & multi-instrumentalist, Rhett Whatley, offers up a fresh organic sound strategically woven around innovative electronic production techniques. Garnering praise from fans and critics alike for his unique approach to vinyl collaging & synthesis, Daily Bread flawlessly delivers emotion dripped compositions that simultaneously move dance floors. Creative use of beat driven samples from a vast collection channel nostalgia, yet something alos 100% brand new.

Watch a recap of Daily Bread's recent show at Atlanta's Terminal West here:

Soul Mob

Soul Mob has tapped into a universal essence that excites DJs and clubbers across the dance divide. Silicone Soul praised their track ‘Foundation’; Davidson Ospina dropped it at Cielo; James Zabiela and Maceo Plex are rinsing their tracks; At the same time, darker excursions have been hammered by Slam and Nick Warren. The pair, despite being close friends in the northeast electronic music scene had not joined forces in the studio until 2009, when Pat Bedeau called on them to remix “Forgive Me” for his prestigious Strictly Music Label. The result was an entirely new sound that drew cues from the best of both artists. It was a futuristic and raw, synth-driven, underground masterpiece, the start of a new idea and the birth of Soul Mob.

BioLux

Photo by Thomas Diasio

BioLux marries visual and auditory elements with hard, funky glitch hop, electro and downtempo. With decades of experience in electronic music scenes from industrial in the 80's through the evolution of the house and techno rave scenes of the 90's, experimental avant garde soundscape projects, psytrance, hard electro and complextro up through today, BioLux has been through it all. Performing under many monikers such as experimental improvisational trio Retrograde Inversion, cyborg concept project Mbreyo and the more recent Schlauting Thomas, this is where we find Thomas Bolton and Erin Zealous today.

Countless festivals, raves, clubs and themed events throughout the years have resulted in this latest project, BioLux, marrying visual and auditory elements with hard, funky Glitch Hop, electro/complextro and downtempo augmented with Lumen Nature Light Suits. A love of technology and the musical expression it facilitates generates a unique experience.

Lee J

Don Mega

 Aleatorien

Aleatorien: ALEATORIEN is not of this world.  Following the principles of aleatory music, the mission is music of chance, without borders, pushing creative evolution, experiencing what is happening in the moment.  The music is always different, never pre-recorded or practiced.

Have you heard about '20,000 Freaks Under The Sea'? Check out the highlights from another annual event from C4 Productions here:

Video by Lumen Nature

Check out our photo gallery from the inaugural Area 54 in 2016 below!

Photo by Craig Baird: Home Team Photography

Photo by Craig Baird: Home Team Photography

Photo by Thomas Diasio

The Pyramid Stage

Photo by Craig Baird: Home Team Photography

Photo by Craig Baird: Home Team Photography

Photo by Craig Baird: Home Team Photography

Photo by Craig Baird: Home Team Photography

Photo by Craig Baird: Home Team Photography

Photo by Craig Baird: Home Team Photography

Photo by Craig Baird: Home Team Photography

Photo by Craig Baird: Home Team Photography

Photo by Craig Baird: Home Team Photography


Pink Talking Fish Announces 2016 Summer Tour Dates May 25, 2016 09:21

Pink Talking Fish just finished up an exciting Spring Tour which revealed 2 new concepts, Pink Talking Fish is Bowie and Speaking In Tongues album, as well as selling out venues in Boston, Philly, NYC and Burlington VT.  The band is wasting no time with launching into summer season by kicking things off this Memorial Day Weekend and spanning tour dates through Labor Day Weekend. This summer, expect a healthy mix of festivals, boat cruises, Phish after-parties/pre-parties and other unique summer events.

Pink Talking Fish is a Hybrid Tribute Fusion Act that takes the music from three of the world's most beloved bands and creates a special treat for fans of the music.   Although the music from each act is different, Pink Talking Fish has discovered that fusing the material together creates an amazing story. The epic emotion of Pink Floyd. The funky, danceable layerings of The Talking Heads.The multitude of styles, unique compositional structures and pure fun of Phish. To merge these three into one gives music lovers a special experience.

The story is ever evolving. The experience is always exciting. Come join Pink Talking Fish for the ultimate fusion tribute and celebrate the love of this music in unique fashion.

Here is full list of the Pink Talking Fish Summer Tour Dates:

5/27: MAYfest Music Art Yoga in Cold Spring NY – w/s/g Elise Testone on vocals
5/29: StrangeCreek Campout 2016 (_Official_) in Greenfield MA - Late Night Set!
6/09: Disc Jam Music Festival in Stephentown NY - Headlining Thursday night
6/23: Northeast Fair in Pittston PA - Carnival!
6/25: The Vic Theatre in Chicago IL – Phish After-Party (less than 10 minute walk from Wrigley!)
7/01: Paradise On The Point in Cincinnati OH - Free Outdoor Concert Series
7/02: Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs NY – Phish After-Party
7/08: Rocks Off Cruise in New York NY – 2 Cruises in 1 Day
7/16: Lake Champlain Concert Cruise in Burlington VT
7/17: Rock On! Concerts Cruise in Boston MA
7/19: MEZZANINE in San Francisco CA – Phish After-Party
7/22-23: Jerry Jam in Bath NH
7/29: Grateful Getdown in Shartlesville PA
8/04: Ocean Mist in Kingstown RI
8/05: Backwoods Pondfest in Peru NY – PTF is Bowie concept
8/19: Wellfleet Beachcomber in Wellfleet MA - Cape Cod Beach Party!
8/31: The Fox Theatre in Boulder CO – Phish Pre-Party
9/01-02: Dulcineas in Denver CO – Phish Pre-Party & After-Party

Watch Pink Talking Fish perform "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" > "Moma Dance" > "Mother" > "Burning Down The House" > "Mike's Song" at AURA 2016 here:


The Road To AURA: Eric Gould of Pink Talking Fish March 01, 2016 01:26

The 7th Annual AURA Music & Arts Festival is right around the corner, taking place at The Spirit of Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida from Thursday, March 3rd to Saturday, March 5th.  As a part of our coverage of the festival, we are sitting down with a handful of this year's performers for a series of interviews called "The Road To AURA".  Next up is Eric Gould (bass) of Pink Talking Fish.

Interview by Jordan Kirkland: Live & Listen

Pink Talking Fish has quickly become one of the most innovative, exciting acts in the jam/festival scene, fusing together the catalogs of Pink Floyd, Talking Heads, and Phish. How and when did the idea for this band come to life?

Eric:  I formed Pink Talking Fish in the Fall of 2013. I had played some cover heavy shows over the past couple years and wanted to create something unique in the tribute genre. I picked 3 of my favorite bands that I thought would blend well together and wrote down a mock setlist so see what it would look like. Once it presented itself on paper, it was clear that this had to happen!

What’s great about this project is that it blurs the lines of tribute and originality. We utilize the songbooks of these three amazing acts as puzzle pieces to create something fresh for fans of this music.

Each of these three bands' catalogs are extremely diverse, with countless options that could be included in a set on any given night. How does the band go about putting the setlist together each night? How often do you guys learn and incorporate new material into the rotation?

Eric:  We are constantly learning new material and thinking of new concepts. We, as both musicians and fans, have a passion for pushing the envelope. We are always searching for new combinations and exploring material that will enhance the band.

I write the initial setlist draft and present it to the guys. We finalize it together as we run through the flow of the transitions. Our drummer, Zack Burwick, loves to challenge me on the setlists and make sure that we are keeping a solid variety show to show.

Even though the song order mostly comes from my initial setlists, how we transition is very much a group effort. Our guitarist, Dave Brunyak, is fantastic at coming up with innovative transition ideas. I wrote a setlist with a combination of "Stash" > "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" > "Psycho Killer" > "Stash", and Dave came up with a sweet idea to dissolve "Stash" over the “maybe so maybe not” vocals at the beginning of the jam into the introduction to Shine. It was awesome!

Watch Pink Talking Fish's entire set from Catskill Chill 2014 here:

This band's ability to weave in and out of each song is astounding. Have you guys developed certain patterns/tendencies with certain songs following another? Is there a specific focus on keeping your audience on their toes, wondering what could possibly come next?

Eric:  “What comes next?” is one of the best parts of Pink Talking Fish. We love executing a setlist and watching the audience reaction to how it unfolds. We have some combinations that have become staples like "Slippery People" > "Sand > "Slippery People", "Another Brick In The Wall"> "Life During Wartime" > "Another Brick In The Wall" and "You Enjoy Myself" > "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" > "You Enjoy Myself". We also love to sandwich songs in a Mikes Groove or in between Dogs.

For the most part though, we do our best to create new ideas. It’s important to us to make sure that each show is a different journey. We are performing “dream setlists” for ourselves and hope that it is the same thing for the audience. The last thing we want to have PTF become is stagnant for anyone. It is our responsibility to both honor the material and also present it in a way that offers a special experience for the audience. We take that very seriously. 

Over the years, Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park has become the home to many of the nation's most anticipated annual music festivals. What is it that differentiates Suwannee from other festival sites and makes it so special? Do you feel the atmosphere has a direct effect on this music?

Eric:  I’ve performed at Suwannee many times over the years, and it continues to be one of my favorite festival sites in the world. Obviously, the beauty of the trees, the weather, and the layout of the place is top notch. However, it’s the energy that gets me. There are certain places that have an incredible energy among the community, and Suwannee is high on that mountain. It enhances the music and it creates a sense of family through these incredible experiences.

Watch Pink Talking Fish perforrn "This Must Be The Place" > "Character Zero" here:

This year marks the 7th Annual AURA Music & Arts Festival. You have been a part of this scene for long enough to see many festivals come and go. What do you feel are some of the most important factors in establishing and growing a successful music festival?

Eric:  Community is the most important and AURA has that locked. Festivals are, first and foremost, about the people. With that involved, there is an effortless drive to work hard to make the logistics behind the festival as special as possible. Daryl and the other people behind the curtain of AURA have done an incredible job making that happen.

This year's lineup features a notably diverse variety of the festival scene's most exciting groups. What do you think this lineup says about the depth of this music scene in 2016?

Eric:  The beauty of the jam scene is that there is an open mind towards other genres. In my opinion, the best festival lineups that cater to the jam scene audience have some jamband staples but also provide different flavors from different scenes to heighten the quality of experience. AURA has always done well with this.

I love that Thievery Corporation did a Grateful Dead late night in Chicago last year for GD50. I think it turned a lot of the jam scene on to them, and it’s awesome that AURA has them as a headliner. The first time I saw them live was a Coachella years back when I played there with Particle, and they blew me away.

There is a surge of amazing original music out there right now. Some of it is not in the textbook jam scene realm. At Catskill Chill last year, the best band I saw was The Ballroom Thieves, and they are the polar opposite of a classic jamband. I was very thankful that they were incorporated into that festival. I look forward to finding a surprise like that at AURA this year.

Photo by Josh Brick Graphics


Win Free Tickets To See Pink Talking Fish At WorkPlay Theatre (Weds. 3/2) February 23, 2016 17:00

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, Pink Talking Fish, who brings their extensive national tour to Birmingham, AL on Wednesday, March 2nd.  See below for complete details on how you can win a free pair of tickets to the show.

Pink Talking Fish: Bio

Pink Talking Fish is a hybrid tribute fusion act that takes the music from three of the world's most beloved bands and creates a special treat for fans of the music.  See below for details on our exclusive ticket giveaway.  Pink Floyd, The Talking Heads and Phish are all more than just bands... they are phenomenons.  Their creations have artistically inspired people and their mindblowing live performances have brought people together to form a special sense of community around the love for their favorite band.

Although the music from each act is different, Pink Talking Fish has discovered that fusing the material together creates an amazing story.  The epic emotion of Pink Floyd.... The funky, danceable layerings of The Talking Heads.... The multitude of styles, unique compositional structures and pure fun of Phish.... to merge these three into one gives music lovers a special experience.

Pink Talking Fish features Eric Gould on bass, Richard James on keyboards, Zack Burwick on drums and Dave Brunyak on guitar.  This is a band created by musicians who love the music of these acts.  It's purpose is to heighten people's passion for this music by creating something fresh and exciting for fans.  

Discovering connections is part of the fun:  Pink Floyd's "On The Run" seamlessly fitting in the middle of the composition of Phish's "You Enjoy Myself".  Perfectly placing Phish's "Sand" into the groove of The Talking Head's "Slippery People".  Segued collections from all three acts such as Run Like Hell > Making Flippy Floppy > Piper > Run Like Hell or Mike's Song > Have A Cigar > Once In A Lifetime > Weekapaug Groove.  These ideas are the spirit behind Pink Talking Fish.

We have one pair of tickets to giveaway, and we will announce a winner at 3:00 PM CST on Friday (2/26). The winner's name (+1 guest) will be placed on the list at Will Call at WorkPlay on Friday night.  

Photo by Karl WcWherter Photography

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 Friday (2/26) at 3:00 PM CST.

Watch Pink Talking Fish's "Time" > "Ghost" > "Psycho Killer" from Wannee 2015

 

Video by skip2eight