PHOTO CREDITS: (top) Andy Tennile; (below) Pepe Gomes
Jam-rock stalwarts the Aquarium Rescue Unit have announced they will kick off their 13-city reunion tour of the U.S. on July 29.
Under the mentorship of Col. Bruce Hampton, the dream team of world-class instrumentalists will bring their distinctive brand of experimental and progressive rock to fans in cities from Boulder to New York. Since forming in 1988, the band has been an inspiration to jam acts that include Phish, the Dave Matthews Band, Blues Traveler and Bela Fleck, among others. The Unit has also been a breeding ground for some of the genre’s best players, including bassist Oteil Burbridge, who went on to work with the Allman Brothers, and drummer Jeff Sipe, who has had a flourishing career with Phil Lesh and Bela Fleck, among others.
Following a lengthy hiatus that began in 2007, the Aquarium Rescue Unit has been back in action this year for their 26th-year reunion tour. On June 5, 2015 the group, with founding member and renegade guitarist Jimmy Herring, kicked off the reunion by performing to a sold-out audience at the Paul Reed Smith 30th Year Celebrations.
Also appearing with the Unit that night was fellow PRS endorser, the legendary John McLaughlin (shown left at the event with Herring). Together, they treated fans to a phenomenal night of music and virtuoso playing, as seen in the video footage below.
As we reported previously, McLaughlin is himself preparing to release a new album, Black Light, which comes out in September. The album is one of the most anticipated electric jazz records of 2015, and includes a homage to his friend Paco De Lucia. McLaughlin and his band, the 4th Dimension—keyboardist/drummer Gary Husband, bassist Etienne Mbappe and drummer Ranjit Barot—kick off their world tour on October 5 in Perth.
The Aquarium Rescue Unit Tour dates are below. Tickets can be purchased at the band’s web site.
July 29 Fox Theatre, Boulder CO
July 30 Fox Theatre, Boulder CO
July 31 Mishawaka, Bellvue CO
August 1 Ogden Theatre, Denver CO
August 5 Iron City, Birmingham, AL
August 6 Cannery,Nashville TN
August 7 Buckhead, Atlanta, GA
August 8 Georgia Theare, Athens, GA
August 9 Orange Peel, Asheville, NC
August 12 The Ritz, Raleigh, NC
August 13 The National, Richmond,VA/with Hard Working Americans
August 14 The Howard Theatre, DC
August 15 Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY
August 16 Brooklyn Bowl, NYC, NY