Col. Bruce Hampton Reunites With Aquarium Rescue Unit

An early ’90s mainstay in the jamband universe, Col. Bruce Hampton & The Aquarium Rescue Unit has lined up a July-August run beginning with two nights in Boulder, Colo.  Stops include Nashville, Atlanta, New York and Washington, D.C.

Photo: John Davisson
MagnoliaFest, Spirit Of The Suwannee Music Park, Live Oak, Fla.

The lineup is classic with Col. Bruce fronting a band consisting of Oteil Burbridge, Jimmy Herring and Jeff Sipe

Of course, Herring is known for his role in Widespread Panic as well as The Dead, Jazz is Dead, The Ringers and his own solo project. Burbridge’s credentials are equally impressive and include The Allman Brothers Band, Tedeschi Trucks Band, and his own band, The Peacemakers.  The drummer in his own trio, Sipe has collaborated with Phil Lesh, Bela Fleck, Susan Tedeschi, Trey Anastasio, Jazz is Dead and many more.

Although the Colonel and Aquarium Rescue Unit went their separate ways in 1993, the band reunited for a 2011 gig at the Georgia Theatre in Athens, Ga. Joining the band for the summer run will be keyboardist Matt Slocum, who played on the Georgia Theatre show.

 “Brue is a visionary that has enriched the life of anyone that’s worked with him,” Herring said.  “He gives you an outlet that encourages finding your own voice, but he’s quick to point out that freedom can be a prison.”

Here are the dates:

July 29 – Boulder, Colo., Fox Theatre
July 30 – Boulder, Colo., Fox Theatre
July 31 – Bellvue, Colo., Mishawaka Amphitheatre
Aug. 1 – Denver, Colo., Ogden Theatre
Aug. 5 – Birmingham, Ala., Iron City
Aug. 6 – Nashville, Tenn., Cannery Ballroom
Aug. 7 – Atlanta, Ga., The Buckhead Theatre
Aug. 8 – Athens, Ga., Georgia Theatre
Aug. 9 – Asheville, N.C., The Orange Peel
Aug. 12 – Raleigh, N.C., The Ritz
Aug. 13 – Richmond, Va., The National
Aug. 14 – Washington, D.C., The Howard Theatre
Aug. 15 – Port Chester, N.Y., The Capitol Theatre
Aug. 16 – Brooklyn, N.Y., Brooklyn Bowl

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