Earlier this month, Buffalo-based rockers Aqueous conquered Asheville, NC’s Asheville Music Hall, offering up a set of improvisational grooves that floored those in attendance. The quartet touched upon song selections from their entire catalog, which included a particularly inspired jam early on during “Random Company”. The group showed their inner prog-rock stylings with “Origami,” which features an opening segment reminiscent of something out of Umphrey’s McGee playbook, eventually lending itself to some incredible shredding from guitarist Mike Gantzer.
Some patient, spacey jams highlighted the middle portion of the set with “Weight of the Word > Marty > Dave’s Song”, before Aqueous graced the crowd with a rather exploratory cover of the Grateful Dead‘s “Bertha” led by keyboardist/guitarist Dave Loss on vocals to close out the set. The band encored with “Strange Times” from 2012’s Willy is 40 before calling it a night, giving those in attendance one last opportunity to shake it out.
Aqueous continues through the Midwest over the next week, before a short Thanksgiving break sees them head back out on the road as they make their way from Rough Trade NYC in Brooklyn, NY on December 1st out west to Colorado, Missouri, Kentucky, Ohio, and more (full tour dates here). Take a listen to the full set from Asheville below.
SETLIST: Aqueous | Asheville Music Hall | Asheville, NC | 11/2/2017
Set: They’re Calling For Ya> Random Company, Origami, Weight of the Word > Marty > Dave’s Song > Bertha*
Encore: Strange Times
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[cover photo courtesy of Bill McAlaine Photography]