Interview with Dan Keller from GIANT PANDA GUERILLA DUB SQUAD; Playing Buffalo and Syracuse with @UmphreysMcGee this week!!! @giantpandadub
Rochester, NY’s Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad don’t seem to slow down, and who’d blame them? Hot off of two new, vastly different releases in 2012, Country and In These Times, fans of G.P.G.D.S. can’t seem to get enough of the jam/reggae band, and that is exactly what this talented quintet wants. Persistent, dedicated, and entertaining, PANDA! shows are flowing with positive energy and happy movement.
With a host of releases, several taped live recordings, and a spotlight on NPR, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad represents one of the best examples of the modern day reggae scene, in all its glory. Alongside other notable acts such as The Green, John Brown’s Body, and Tribal Seeds, G.P.G.D.S. captivates audiences wherever they play. It kind of gives me an idea for a touring new school reggae festival… Any takers?
DJ Awareness Video
Very few can say that they have heard musical water gurgling, a slowed down, more musical version of Grease Lightning, and an aerial dance on the side of a skyscraper, let alone all in the course of a few days. But if you made your way to the Rochester Fringe Festival, you know what I’m talking about. This was the first year Rochester hosted the Fringe Fest, a multi-day celebration of the arts that has become popular all over the world and man, the three years of planning seriously paid off.
For years now I have always put a track from Vetiver on all my road-trip mix tapes. The music lends itself well to journeying and traveling, leaving you always with a hint of nostalgia- the good kind, that leaves you half smiling.
Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey was one of the many impressive acts who performed at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival this year. Making a stop during their tour of the East Coast to enlighten us with their progressive jazz sound and powerful stage presence, the group consists of Brian Haas (piano), Chris Combs (lap steel), Jeff Harshbarger (upright bass), Josh Raymer (drums), and guest artist Mark Southerland (saxophone). This trip, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey is bringing to life their newest project, The Race Riot Suite.