Signal Kitchen Presents at ArtsRiot
Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad
Steady Betty, argonaut&wasp
400 Pine St
Burlington, VT, 05401
Doors 9:00 PM (event ends at 2:00 AM)
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 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 ...cool 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 is Theo Klein and Trey Schibli from Burlington, Vermont. They make the type of music you’d hear on a dreamy summer night that you never want to end. It’s a sound that’s neither rock nor electronic but it nods to both. A product of a deep, yet eclectic musical upbringing, the duo effortlessly draws from funk, indie and dance to create a zeitgeist sound that’s truly their own. Imagine MGMT’s brand of psychedelic indie pop meeting Kaytranada’s world of R&B-infused deep house with a little dose of funk for good measure.
The duo started making music by pure chance. Trey, a seasoned guitarist and vocalist, was intrigued by the psychedelic blasts of thumping dance music emanating from production wizard Theo Klein’s dark apartment. The two of them linked and the rest is history. Announcing themselves to the world in August 2013 with “In The Drown”, the production team delivered a powerful record full of irresistible hooks and stunning songwriting. Indeed, their unique approach to composition blends the soulful feel of live instrumentation with the innate dance-ability of electronic production.
Having positioned themselves as one of the most exciting new acts to emerge out of Vermont in recent memory, argonaut&wasp quickly went to work recording their ambitious debut EP. Future Protocol is the result of that effort and it’s now set for release on February 20th, 2015.
Since its inception, the duo has enlisted a full live band for touring and recording, including lead guitar player Willoughby "The Shark" Morse, bassist Alec Donkin, and drummer Max Freedberg.
Expect big things from the boys this year because they’re only getting started.