Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad

Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad

Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad (PANDA!) is a quintet from Rochester, NY. Their psychedelic roots reggae album "In These Times" made iTunes Best of 2012 list. Over the past six years, PANDA! has performed 800 shows, put out a collection of live albums, and released a roots Americana record titled "Country" (2012).

"The band’s five masterful musicians weave layers of complex music within a reggae framework and may be one of the most diverse bands in the genre." – JamBase

Steady Betty

Steady Betty formed in 2012, after vocalists Miriam Bernardo and Lisa Giordano traveled to Jamaica and were awed by the island‘s rocksteady music. Rocksteady is a danceable, soulful successor to ska, and the roots of the reggae genre. Gathering a kaleidoscope of Vermont-based lady musicians -- Linda Bassick (Mellow Yellow), Caroline O’Connor (Vedora), Kat Wright (of the Indomitable Soul Band), Christine Mathias (Doll Fight!), Danielle Koplinka-Loehr (Afinque) and Jane Boxall (independent) -- Steady Betty was ready to swarm the local scene. Their early shows drew packed, dance-happy crowds and enthusiasm from local press: “a stellar group of Vermont musicians rocksteady tunes” (Brent Hallenbeck, Burlington Free Press); “Steady Betty... are quickly rising among the ranks of my favorite local acts” (Dan Bolles, 7Days).

In summer 2013, Danielle flew away to the West Coast and Christine flew away to Boston, bidding Steady Betty farewell with a storming show at Higher Ground opening for The Slackers. The horn-section baton was passed to Emily Ryan (alto sax, Mango Jam) and Allison Frazier (bari sax, Shakedown).

Argonaut & Wasp

With “In The Drown” as their debut single, the Indie-Electronic project that is argonaut&wasp has positioned itself as one of the most exciting new acts to emerge out of Vermont. A powerful record full of catchy hooks and musicianship, “In The Drown” is a new-age blend of electronic sounds balanced with the magic of classic pop.

argonaut&wasp spawned from the minds of songwriting and production duo Theo Klein and Trey Schibli in the fall of 2012 when the two met in the Marsh dorm at the University of Vermont. Schibli recalls, “I remember walking up to the fourth floor to visit a friend when I heard, or rather felt, a blaring combination of afro-house and deep trance from down the hall. Curious, I made my way to the source of the music. With the door ajar I carefully peered in and, in the midst of a dark room filled with changing shades of purple and deep blue, found Theo Klein arming the decks rocking a sarong and bandana…”

Since its inception, the duo has enlisted a full live band for touring and recording, including lead guitar player Kevin Whitehead, bassist Alec Donkin, and drummer Willoughby “The Shark” Morse. The group blends an innovative and ear-pleasing mix of house, funk, and indie rock to create the distinct sound that is A&W. When taking the stage, argonaut&wasp utilizes the best of modern DJ technologies with old school musicianship to deliver an energetic and memorable performance.

With an album’s worth of songs ready to unleash upon the world, expect big things from the boys in 2014.

$12.00 - $15.00

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Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad with Steady Betty, Argonaut & Wasp

Thursday, December 5 · Doors 9:00 PM at ArtsRiot

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