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Perhaps it's easier to coin a word to describe them than it is to pigeon hole their music. Fans describe the band's pioneering sound as "ZooGrass". Fact, fiction or fable, their tunes are layered with intricacies and depth reminiscent of Robert Hunter and the Grateful Dead. Many great musicians spanning a broad spectrum inspired their grassy, jazzy, old-timey, Americana infused rock and roll. With influences ranging from Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, John Prine, Bob Marley, Sam Bush, Bruce Cockburn, Charles Mingus, Elvis, and bands like the Beatles, Steely Dan, Nirvana and Pink Floyd, it is easy to see and hear what makes them attract a very diverse fan base. Sights and sounds from the everyday to the exotic are infused in their craft. Tight musicianship, skillful songwriting and amazing personalities introduce us to places they have traveled, people they have loved, those they have lost, and those they surround themselves with. Hot Day at the Zoo is skillful at drawing in a crowd, amusing the audience and leaving roots music fans begging for more.
Something happens at a Zoo show that you have to experience in person to fully appreciate. Their onstage camaraderie and self-deprecating humor make every show different. The culinary equivalent would be eating large quantities of pop rocks, soda and whiskey. Yeah, your stomach might explode, but you're going to have an excellent time nonetheless. While their studio sound displays the band's temperate sensibility, the live show is where the raw emotion of this band simmers. Their typical 3 set show works the audience slowly and methodically like a steam engine preparing for its ascent up a mountain. The enthusiasm they exude in their live performances stokes the fires and their followers for the long journey ahead. Mercilessly chugging along, always picking up loose strays along the way, and tirelessly building momentum, they take us to the mountain's peak. Descending into the valley below, it feels as if we've lost the brakes as well as our inhibitions. The energy is infectious as it spreads quickly through the room and through all walks of life. The crowds are getting bigger at every show, and you can bet that before too long you'll be drinking and singing along with the same people you saw at the last show. There's no looking back for this band. Good things are happening quickly and their time is now. It's full steam ahead for Hot Day at the Zoo as they prepare for another busy summer. Gaining considerable momentum in upstate New York since their appearance at the Snoe.down Music Festival in Lake Placid and the solar stage at Mountain Jam IV at Hunter Mountain the band is set to play the String Fling, the Empire State Brew Festival, the Good Omens Music Festival and have been invited back to the Sterling Stage Folk Festival. HDATZ continues their festival tour with stops at Hooka Summer #12 in Ohio and A Bear's Picnic in Pennsylvania. Also this summer, they will be along side. moe. and the Ryan Montbleau Band at Pier Revue in on the Maine State Pier in Portland, ME as well as with Levon Helm at the Lowell Summer Music Series in Lowell, MA.
Featuring the soaring, versatile guitar work of Matt Lynn, the funky R&B vocals of bassist Buddha, John's driving keyboards and a razor sharp rhythm section -- the idea of this band is to take swampy funk and southern soul, and infuse it with west coast psychedelia, tight turns, dynamics and a good dose of improv. And keep the crowd moving the whole time.
Their intense dedication to song-craft, melody, harmonies and stylistic stretches is what sets Deep Blue Sun apart. The sound continues to move, from New Orleans to San Francisco; from London to Kingston; from deep, churning funk and jazz to southern-fried chicken pickin'. It works because each member of Deep Blue Sun knows that music is universal, and they each know their role in achieving the ultimate musical goal: The Get Down!
Deep Blue Sun plays major clubs, theatres, festivals and events throughout the southeast, including the Variety Playhouse, Georgia Theatre, Smith's Olde Bar, Gottrocks, Magnolia Fest, Harvestfest, Chattanooga Riverbend Fest, and many more. Along the way they've shared the stage with the Derek Trucks Band, Dumpstaphunk, Jimmy Herring, Warren Haynes, Karl Denson, Bob Weir, Little Feat, The Subdudes, The Radiators and Col. Bruce Hampton to name a few.
The musical expedition embarked upon by Quactus, for their sophomore album, took the band on a mind bending expedition through time and space itself. “A Sense of We” takes a hard look at the core intention of music and art; “Bringing people together while expressing one’s true inner feelings.” The members of Quactus have channeled a higher consciousness through music with the aim of connecting the collective whole of humanity.
Different genres of music often represent different cultural beliefs and times in history. Quactus comfortably jumps from genre to genre in an effort to weave a harmonious tapestry of several textures and influences.
Quactus called upon Mike Mangan of Big Organ Trio, and Particle’s master of the keys, Steve Molitz to add Hammond B3 and keyboard accents to two of the albums tracks. Shortly before the release, Relix Magazine named the first track off the album, “At Ease,” as “Editor’s Pick of the Month.” in their April-May 2010 issue.
The album does not draw borders or separate what some may consider conflicting styles. The Los Angeles based jamband has taken it upon themselves to reunite what seems to be a musically divided world. To the band, a sense of ‘We’ is what we all celebrate when we come together and share in the enjoyment of music, a cultural phenomenon as primitive as it is relevant.
Mixing rock, funk, reggae, metal, dance, punk, Irish folk, Latin, and psychedelia, "A Sense of We" will transport you to a world where technical virtuosity and danceable grooves collide, proving that once you go quack, you’ll never go back!
Fans of Grateful Dead, Phish, Moe, Umphrey’s McGee, Particle, and ALO will love Quactus.
The album was released on July 20th, 2010, the anniversary of the 1969 Moon landing.