Big Something and Aqueous

Event Date/Doors Open: 
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 7:00pm
Event Time: 
8:00PM
Cost: 
$15 Advance, $20 Day of Show

On Wednesday, February 20, the Community Center for the Performing Arts proudly welcomes to the WOW Hall Big Something and Aqueous.

Check out the new live video from Aqueous!

A six-piece powerhouse with a sound that is both unique and timeless, Big Something fuses elements of rock, pop, funk and improvisation to take listeners on a journey through a myriad of musical styles. It's no secret why this group has quickly become one of the most exciting new bands to emerge from the Southeast. Soaring guitars, E.W.I. (electronic wind instrument), synths, horns and alluring vocal hooks rise to the top of their infectious collection of songs and represent a sound that has caught the ears of such revered stalwarts as Umphrey's McGee, Moon Taxi, Galactic, moe., Robert Randolph, and even The B52s, who have all tapped Big Something as direct support.

Big Something’s most recent album The Otherside was released on April 20, 2018.  The Otherside is the band’s 5th full-length studio album and is a follow up to 2017’s Tumbleweed.  Fans can check out the first single, “Sundown Nomad”, here.

The Otherside was recorded at Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville, NC with the help of Grammy-nominated producer and Carolina Music Awards Lifetime Achievement recipient John Custer (Corrosion of Conformity), who has produced all five of the bands albums.

On The Otherside, Big Something continues to build upon the post-apocalyptic peyote trip imagery from Tumbleweed, concluding the story of a nomad who has made it to the other side of his journey wandering through the night towards a desert sunrise.  The album also showcases a different musical side of the band with a heavier, more focused and soulful collection of eight songs including “Smoke Signal” -- a track that was written for the studio and has never been performed live.

The project is dedicated to the memory of the band’s late lyricist and friend Paul Interdonato, who tragically passed away on Dec 3, 2017 -- the same day the band was setting up in the studio to record. Now each song carries a certain weight as the album features several of the last lyrical compositions that Paul ever wrote for Big Something.  It is a thoughtful and poignant musical journey paying tribute to a lifelong friend with a brilliant imagination.

Big Something is Nick MacDaniels (vocals, guitar), Casey Cranford (sax, EWI), Jesse Hensley (lead guitar), Ben Vinograd (drums), Doug Marshall (bass), Josh Kagel (keys, trumpet) and Rhett Huffman (keys).

 

AQUEOUS

 

After forming in Buffalo in 2006, Aqueous (pronounced “ay-kwee-us”) has earned a reputation as one of the most promising improvisational rock acts in the country.  Best known for their “groove rock” stylings, guitarist Mike Gantzer, guitarist/keyboardist David Loss, bassist Evan McPhaden and drummer Rob Houk have developed a unique sound characterized by meticulous compositions and rich exploratory jams that easily transition from laidback, in-the-pocket grooves to furious, high-intensity peaks.

Composed of longtime friends, over the years Aqueous’ members have developed near-psychic abilities with one another, enabling them to stretch each song while maintaining a staggering degree of precision. In a live setting, the group’s undeniable technical prowess truly shines, making for dynamic performances that bring fans back night after night.  

Whether they’re headlining and selling out venues across the U.S. or performing stand-out sets at notable events like Summer Camp, The Peach Music Festival, Jam Cruise, and Suwannee Hulaween, it’s clear that fans across the country are clamoring to hear more from the Buffalo-based four-piece.  With the hype around the group growing, Aqueous is making a huge breakout as the project enters its second decade of existence. Do yourself a favor, and discover firsthand what the buzz is all about.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 day of show.  Doors open at 7:00 pm and showtime is 8:00.