Friday, May 11, 9 p.m.
The Redstone Room, 129 Main Street, Davenport IA
Described by PopMatters.com as a quartet of “great vintage sounds,” “triumphant jams,” and “a strong and diverse sonic palette,” the rockers of Georgia's Perpetual Groove play Davenport's Redstone Room on May 11, and according to Get Some magazine's Jared Farmer, the group's most recent EP Familiar Stare “has me on the edge of my seat to see what this band has in store for the future.”
Currently based in Savannah, Perpetual Groove first attracted attention at Jake's Roadhouse in Atlanta and JJ Cagney's in Savannah, where the band played a private party for the cast and crew of director Clint Eastwood's Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. After word-of-mouth on the concert spread, they began playing larger, notable venues such as Loco's, SCAD's, and the Armstrong Center at Armstrong Atlantic State University, and embarked on Perpetual Groove's first U.S. tour in 2003. They traveled the country extensively, gaining a new legion of die-hard fans in the Northeast and on the West Coast, and went on to perform in Japan, Amsterdam, and aboard cruise ships at the Jam Cruise and Xingolati music festivals.
After their first year on the road, Perpetual Groove released its debut album Sweet Oblivious Antidote on Harmonized Records. Beyond being the top seller for The Home Grown Music Network that year (outselling releases by Phish and Widespread Panic, among others), Sweet Oblivious Antidote was also voted HGMN's Top Fan Pick for 2003. The group's buzz only got louder with the 2004 follow-up record All This Everything, produced by Grammy winner Robert Hannon. and LiveLoveDie, released in March of 2007. Teaming up once again with Hannon and Tree Sound Studios, the musicians then set forth to create a darker sonic landscape without sacrificing their self-described “PGroove quality,” and 2009's HEAL established Perpetual Groove as more than a jam band with its focus on well-crafted songs. In the years since, Perpetual Groove has toured extensively – performing at festivals including Bonnaroo, Wakarusa, and their own annual gathering Amberland – and has been enjoying particularly strong reviews for Familiar Stare, which Live for Live Music praised for its “tight harmonies and great compositional flair.”
Perpetual Groove plays its 9 p.m. concert on May 11 with an opening set by Clusterpluck, admission is $20-25, and more information and tickets are available by calling (563)326-1333 or visiting RiverMusicExperience.org.