TurnStyle Music Group Presents
Michael Tobias & the Acidic Swamp Band, The Whiteboards
100 Connecticut Street
San Francisco, CA, 94107
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
Sans Pablo is an international band of talented musicians known to pack the house and get the dancefloor moving. Their 8-piece ensemble dishes out heavy funk and neo-soul with deep roots in improv based jazz and blues. Their fans are dedicated and they love to get down! A night with Sans Pablo is sure to be a funky good time.
Michael Tobias & the Acidic Swamp Band
Michael Tobias & the Acidic Swamp Band will be performing their high-energy acidic swamp rock show at (Venue) in (City) on
(Day, Date) at (Time). This dynamic power trio featuring vocal/guitar, drums, & bass combine boatloads of combustible raw
talent into an explosive fusion of real Americana – blues, jazz, psychedelic rock, and funk.
A live performance from Michael Tobias & the Acidic Swamp Band is a cruise through unchartered waters, often breaking
songs out of their molds in controlled chaos of exploration and evolution. It takes about 90 seconds of seeing singer/guitarist
Michael Tobias, drummer Zack Kampf & bassists Andrew Barnhart play to realize the resounding scope of their skill.
Strumming with the hands of surgeons on amphetamines, Tobias plays his custom metal-bodied-electric slide guitar at a pace
that would leave a humming bird dizzy.
Michael Tobias is a Georgia-born guitarist, singer and multi-instrumentalist. The residue of his Southern upbringing seeps
heavily into his deep fried Americana wiles and blues-forged soul, as he pens honest and country-grown lyrical tales that serve
as a bridge to his labyrinth of instrumental day tripping. Very similar to one Dave Mathews, Tobias will lay out a few verses of
song almost as an appetizer to feasts of calculated mayhem with the axe. As fans throughout the region can attest, his terrific
energy and charisma leap off the stage; the uplifting, positive drive he brings to live performance is contagious.
The Acidic Swamp Band is currently performing shows throughout Northern California in support of Tobias’ aptly-titled debut
album “High & Low”. The album took nearly three years to complete, forged out of good times, heartaches, a box of two-dozen
master cassette tapes, a throwback 4 track recorder, some flying sparks of creative ingenuity and plenty of highs & lows.
The path of love, loss and life that led to Tobias’ first full-length release is as intriguing to sort out as the kaleidoscopic array of
musical & cultural influences that make up this diverse singer and multi-instrumentalist. But the much anticipated result is
perfectly indicative of his approach to making music: Richly textured, poignantly crafted, distinctly flavored, emotionally
combustive and just wild enough to launch his listeners on a twisting fan boat ride through his own personal sonic swamp. A
hodgepodge of blues folk, classic-flavored rock, bluegrass, roots music and Southern grit, the 13 song “High & Low” was finally
ready for its public debut in the fall of 2010.
Tobias credits engineer Justin Phelps of Portland, Oregon as “The Guru” of the album for his help bringing it from a travelworn box of analog tapes to the polished album it is today. Phelps has engineered over 200 albums with the likes of Cake, the
Neville Brothers, Dead Kennedy’s, Mars Volta, and Joe Satriani. The album also features engineering work by Jaimeson Durr
of San Francisco’s legendary Hyde Street Studios where such names as Credence Clearwater Revival, the Grateful Dead,
Santana, and Jefferson Airplane all recorded.
The unbridled diversity behind Tobias’ music can easily be traced back to his melting pot roots, with bloodlines from Hungary,
Poland, the American steel workers of Pittsburg, to a great-great-great Grandfather who fought in the American Civil War, a
great Grandmother who was a Romani gypsy princess, a Grandfather who played slide trombone in the times of the Great
Depression, a mother who was taught to play classical piano at Catholic school under threat of being struck on the hands with
a ruler, and a father who was a hairstylist who owned two salons that were known to be ethnically sundry hangouts.
Growing up in Georgia provided Tobias with ample opportunities to experience first hand one of the region’s great musical
traditions: The Blues. In Atlanta you can still find joints like Fat Matt’s Rib Shack, where on any given night of the week, you’ll
hear smokin’hot guitar slingers & blues singers. As soon as Tobias could drive, he would head out to those blues hot spots
where a minor could get in. Spellbound, he would watch & listen, soaking it all in. At age thirteen, the first instrument Tobias
ever bought with money made while mowing lawns was a vintage red Gibson ES 335, just like Chuck Berry’s. The second,
purchased with money earned while flipping burgers at Johnny Rockets, was a Fender Deluxe Reverb amplifier, the kind
Stevie Ray Vaughn used to plug into. Both pieces remain central to his performance today. To check out the Acidic Swamp
Band’s new studio recordings, watch live performance video, and for more information on upcoming gigs visit:
*Parts of this press release were compiled from reviews and articles written by Aaron Davis,
Sacramento Concerts Examiner, from July 2009 – February 2011.
The Whiteboards are a San Francisco rock band that will cover almost anything at any time. With 4 guitarists and a drummer this 5 piece ensemble knows that lyrics are nothing but wasted time between guitar solos.