Satsang is a conscious music collective. With a unique blend of soul, folk-rock and hip-hop, Satsang delivers lyrics that come from and are rooted in change, growth, awareness, and imperfection. The live show is everything that the band name suggests: a gathering of people to assimilate and share their truths. The rhythms put forth by the band keep everyone on their feet, and the lyrics leave them craving active and positive change.
The group is led by singer/songwriter Drew McManus, who’s music is fueled by a difficult upbringing and the peaceful life he’s since found living in the Beartooth Mountains of Montana. He says, “I grew up in an environment where aggression, violence, abuse, and addiction were always present. It made me a lot of things; angry, sad, and ashamed. I hated my story and I was a slave to addiction. I tried for so long to hide from the reality of my story and the reality of how beautiful life could be.” It wasn’t until an intense spiritual experience lead Drew to break his cycle of addiction. “I had changed my entire outlook on everything… I began to realize that had everything not happened to me exactly like it did, I would not be exactly who/where/what I am right now.”
That led him to delve deeply into songwriting, and the result has been the remarkable trajectory of Satsang. The band has toured the country, sharing the stage with the likes of Michael Franti & Spearhead, Steel Pulse, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Trevor Hall, Chris Berry, Mike Love, Jon Wayne and the Pain, Tubby Love, and many more. That road also takes the band to their new studio album, Pyramids, which is due out next Monday, March 20th via Rootfire Cooperative.
To get you in the mood for some new Satsang grooves, you can watch the official premiere of the band’s video for new song, “Beautiful Days,” streaming below.
Says McManus, “Beautiful Days came to me after my first trip back to the city I grew up in. I felt that I had grown up so much and when I returned, a lot of the people I saw had not, and were not interested in any kind of growth. It began a whole thought process that led me down a list of sort of terrible things that had ultimately lead me to where I am now, and in that made me appreciate where I am now more than ever.”
You can catch McManus and the whole Satsang crew on the road this spring, with dates both headlining and supporting Trevor Hall. The full schedule is below, and you can get all the information on the band’s website. Pre-orders for the album can be found via the band’s website or iTunes; don’t miss out!
Satsang Tour Dates
Mar 02 – Bimbo’s 365 Club (supporting Trevor Hall) – San Francisco, CA
Mar 03 – Napa Valley Opera House (supporting Trevor Hall) – Napa, CA
Mar 04 – The Catalyst (supporting Trevor Hall) – Santa Cruz, CA
Mar 05 – Teragram Ballroom (supporting Trevor Hall) – Los Angeles, CA
Mar 16 – Arlene Theater – Minot, ND
Mar 17 – Icehouse – Minneapolis, MN
Mar 18 – Tonic Room – Chicago, IL
Mar 19 – High Noon Saloon – Madison, WI
Mar 24 – 25 – Spring Up! Music Festival – St Louis, MO
March 29 – Aspen, CO @ Belly Up
March 31 – Vail, CO @ Vail Ale House (w/ World’s Finest)
April 4 – Jackson, WY @ Town Square Tavern (w/ World’s Finest)
April 6 – Bozeman, MT @ Filling Station (w/ World’s Finest)
April 10 – Billings, MT @ Uniquinox
May 11 – Missoula,. MT @ Top Hat Lounge
May 12 – Spokane, WA @ Big Dipper
June 21 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground (supporting Michael Franti & Spearhead)
June 22 – Lebanon, NH @Lebanon Opera House (supporting Michael Franti & Spearhead)
June 23 – Hyannis, MA @ Cape Cod Melody Tent (supporting Michael Franti & Spearhead)
June 24 – Ithaca, NY @ State Theatre (supporting Michael Franti & Spearhead)
June 25 – Silver Spring, MD @ Fillmore (supporting Michael Franti & Spearhead)
June 27 – New Haven, CT @ College Street Music Hall (supporting Michael Franti & Spearhead)