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- Bob Wagner
"Back in ’98 when the club opened in Winooski, they launched it with Trey's first solo band," said Burlington guitarist Bob Wagner (Kat Wright, Dark Side of the Mountain), referring to Phish guitarist and singer Trey Anastasio.
In April of that year, Anastasio brought together a band under the moniker 8 Foot Fluorescent Tubes, including drummer Russ Lawton and keyboardist Ray Paczkowski, to musically cut the ribbon on the brand new nightclub. That show was on Wagner's mind when Higher Ground co-owner Alex Crothers asked him to put together something to celebrate the anniversary of the club's opening.
"I've seen some of the best shows of my life at Higher Ground, and I've been lucky enough to play there often, so it meant a lot to me when Alex trusted me with this," Wagner continued. "I wanted to do something that would honor the beginning of it all, as well as the spirit of it."
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- Kat Wright
Joining the guitarist are his bandmates Josh Weinstein (bass) and vocalist Kat Wright, Corey Wilhelm (Bombino) on drums, percussionist Daiki Hirano (Grace Potter), Sad Turtle and Purple keyboardist Mike Fried, guitarist Matt Hagen (the High Breaks, Matt the Gnat), as well as a horn section composed of Dave Grippo, Jake Whitesell and Connor Young.
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- 4 Foot Phosphorescent Cubes
Lawton and Paczkowsi will also return for the celebration, opening the show with their band Soule Monde.
The show will feature two sets of all-original music, much of it written for the occasion, according to Wagner, who also promises some surprise guest appearances.
Tickets are available at highergroundmusic.com and at the box office.