Special 2015 edition of beloved absurdist jam-driven outfit to feature Col. Bruce Hampton alongside original members Oteil Burbridge, Jimmy Herring, and Jeff Sipe.
RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA – Referred to in a recent Relix feature as “The Jamband Velvet Underground,” the influential dada-jam trailblazers Col. Bruce Hampton & the Aquarium Rescue Unit will return to rattle the landscape this summer with a series of live performances – than band’s first since a much-talked-about 2011 reunion at the Georgia Theatre in Athens.
With the daring, iconoclastic Hampton at the helm, the Aquarium Rescue Unit played a seminal role in fostering today’s vital, thriving improvisational music community. And their presence is still felt: Since Hampton and the band parted ways in 1993, the band’s members have gone on to both inspire and enliven the music of the genre’s most revered practitioners. Maverick guitarist Jimmy Herring assumed lead guitar duties in Widespread Panic, while also working with the Dead, Jazz is Dead, The Ringers, and appearing with the Allman Brothers. Bassist Oteil Burbridge, in addition to his own Peacemakers, has been a member of the Allman Brothers since 1997, founding member of the Tedeschi Trucks Band, and worked with Phish keyboardist Page McConnell’s Vida Blue. Jeff Sipe (aka Apt. Q-258), continues to be among the most highly regarded drummers of his generation, pursuing his own music in addition to collaborating with Phil Lesh, Béla Fleck, Susan Tedeschi, Trey Anastasio, Jazz is Dead, Alex Machacek, Debashish Bhattacharya, and many more. For these dates, the ARU will also be joined by keyboardist Matt Slocum, who played with the band at their 2011 Georgia Theatre show. (more…)