Wednesday, September 12, 2007

ACL After, Aftershow

If you survive the next three days of general ACL Fest madness, come out on Sunday night and mellow out to the Los Angeles-based free jazz/jam band Particle. They will be doing their thing Sunday night at the Do512 Aftershow at Club 115 along with openers Drop Trio. This will be a great, intimate setting to see Particle, who are normally seen out at The Backyard opening for bands like Widespread Panic and Robert Randolph, or entertaining crowds at Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo.

The event is FREE for the first 75 people to RSVP on Do512 and show up, otherwise the cost of entry is $10. You can RSVP no matter what the count is, just make sure that you get there before anyone else. You can get advance tickets for the show right here.

Here is the lowdown on Particle, from their profile:
Since forming in the fall of 2000, Particle has enjoyed a successful ride that has taken them to eight countries for over 850 shows including Europe and Japan. After a whimsical San Francisco boat cruise, a musical bond was surged that was would take core Particle members Eric Gould, Steve Molitz, and Darren Pujalet on a sonic adventure that’s strong to this day.

Particle forged their signature sound playing late night parties and high profile festivals across the country including Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits Festival, Coachella, and New Orleans Jazzfest to name a few. The band has also appeared at Bonnaroo three times where they played a legendary five plus hour set beginning at 3am. Once dubbed the 'late night kings', Particle has garnered a lot of hype for creating a series of out of the box special events across the country.

In 2004, the band released their debut album Launchpad produced by Tom Rothrock to critical praise from fans and media alike. Rolling Stone, The New York Times, and URB ran glowing features on the band and the Associated Press named the album among the year’s Top Ten. The album’s title track was remixed by Groove Armada’s Tom Findlay and released as an EP later that same year.

Shortly thereafter, Particle formed a percussive driven electronic side project with Grateful Dead percussionist Mickey Hart called Hydra and created an entire new repertoire for the tour. A sonic shift happened, allowing the band to add new directions to their already diverse style.

With the addition of Ben Combe on guitar and vocals, the band released a DVD and Live CD featuring special guests Joe Satriani, Robbie Krieger, Blackalicious, and DJ Logic. They also recorded a song for the Scarface: The World Is Yours Video Game entitled American Dream. Particle is currently recording their sophomore studio effort with producer Steve Goldman and engineer Marc Johnson to be released in 2007.
Check out this jam from their official website, and if you're free on Sunday night try to make it down to their show at Club 115 (2nd & San Jacinto).