June 3, 2013. BOONE, N.C.—Two of the hardest grooving bands on the touring circuit are joining forces for a powerful night of music at The Boone Saloon at 9:30 p.m. on June 7. The Get Right Band (Asheville, NC) and The Mike Dillon Band (New Orleans, LA) first met in Charleston, SC and quickly developed a mutual respect. The two bands have decided to team up for a short tour and are playing Asheville, Boone, and New York City together in June.
“It’s truly an honor to be taking the stage with musicians of this caliber,” says The Get Right Band’s bassist, Jesse Gentry. “We were completely floored when we saw The Mike Dillon Band live—they put on an incredibly powerful show.”
For The Get Right Band, this is a chance to play with one of their idols. Mike Dillon has performed with countless national acts, including Les Claypool, Ani DiFranco, Galactic, Karl Denson, Charlie Hunter, and George Porter Jr. The members of GRB have been seeing him play in different projects for over a decade.
“Mike Dillon is one of my musical heroes,” says GRB frontman, Silas Durocher. Both bands together are going to bring crazy amounts of energy to these venues. And we can’t wait to see how sharing a bill with them affects our playing. These shows are going to be on fire.”
THE MIKE DILLON BAND
Mike Dillon is one of the most dynamic and multifaceted percussionists in the country, best known for his unforgettable live performances, unorthodox percussion rig and distinct original sound. After emerging in the late 1980’s as the first to lead a rock/funk band as a vocalist and vibraphone player, contributing to the instrument’s evolution by his use of effects, Dillon has become well-known for producing genre-bending music that transcends categorization.
Over the last 27 years, his creative song-writing and the repertoire of artists he has worked with—on tour and in the studio—reveal his eclectic musical inspiration and skillful versatility. Dillon has collaborated with artists such as Les Claypool, Ani DiFranco, Polyphonic Spree, Brave Combo, Sex Mob, Galactic, Secret Chief’s 3, Karl Denson, Steven Bernstein, Charlie Hunter, James Singleton, George Porter Jr., Johnny Vidocavich and Bob Schneider. His individual projects include: Critter’s Buggin’, Garage A Trois, Billy Goat, Hairy Apes BMX, Malachy Papers, and the Dead Kenny G’s.
As a touring musician and prolific song-writer, Mike Dillon has continuously pushed his distinct sound in new and inventive directions. On stage, Dillon is a powerful force, with boundless energy that hails a punk rock/hardcore edge and the seamless ability to play multiple percussive instruments at once. For nearly three decades, fans have been draw to Dillon’s organic style, creative musicianship and the way his music never fails to stir the crowd into a big dance party from start to finish. After taking a brief hiatus from solo projects, Dillon is back at the helm with his latest quartet, The Mike Dillon Band, which delivers a cache of his new songs and infuses fresh life into his classics. The Mike Dillon Band features Mike Dillon (vibraphone, percussion, lead vocals), Adam Gertner (drums), Cliff Hines (guitar, bass and keyboards) and Carly Meyers (trombone, vocals), whose raw talent, enthusiasm and infectious dance moves have created quite a stir among music goers in the past year.
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THE GET RIGHT BAND
The Get Right Band is a force to be reckoned with. Combining catchy, clever songwriting with musical expertise and fearless improvisation, the live show promises to make you shake everything you’ve got. From funk to rock n’ roll to reggae, this is a dance party. This is an ass shaking good time.
“The Get Right Band is a three-piece with the musical energy and power of The Police,” says legendary Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Artimus Pyle, whose son Chris Pyle mans the drums for the group.
Born out of Asheville, North Carolina’s supergroup Soulgrass Rebellion (who rocked Boone at The Saloon and Murphy’s), The Get Right band has been touring the East Coast and the Caribbean heavily since their inception in April, 2011. The band has rocked hard and jammed relentlessly every step of the way.
The Get Right Band’s debut CD, Shake, was released on February 22nd. The rock n’ roll album features stripped down but creatively layered and produced performances of the band’s original tunes. From the seductive blues of “Voodoo Doll” to the dance party vibe of “Chromaticize” to the Caribbean influenced “Touch The Holy,” Shake passes through many genres while being held together by The Get Right Band’s distinctive style. The album is fun, full of energy, and should be listened to with the volume turned way up.
The Get Right Band consists of Silas Durocher (guitar/vocals), Jesse Gentry (bass/vocals), and Chris Pyle (drums/percussion). The members of the band have played with many of the East Coasts greatest acts, including Laura Reed and Deep Pocket, Woody Wood, Josh Phillips, The Artimus Pyle Band, Scrappy Hamilton (now Truth & Salvage Company), Afromotive, and Royal Trux (Virgin Records), and have shared the stage with national acts such as Galactic, The Victor Wooten Band, Jeff Coffin’s Mutet, Larry Keel, and Bobby Lee Rodgers.
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