HigherGround Music
dunk!USA

dunk!USA

Pelican, Coastlands, Pray For Sound, Set and Setting, Ranges, This Patch Of Sky, Tides Of Man

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Doors: 2:00 pm / Show: 2:30 pm

Higher Ground Ballroom & Showcase Lounge

South Burlington, VT

$95 two-day pass | single day passes coming soon!

This event is all ages

dunk!USA
Beginning in 2005, Belgium’s dunk!festival has grown into the world’s pre-eminent post-rock event. But for the potentially-cynical festivalgoer, it is more than what you may have come to expect from the bloated corporate cash-grabs that drop in every summer with cookie cutter lineups and $15 beers. The dunk!festival is about a community coming together to experience the best the genre has to offer, and it is curated not only to bring the best audio and visual experience to the table, but also to offer a friendly place for like-minded people from all over the world to gather and meet. This includes the artists, who can often be found cohabitating with fans over freshly-catered food, great beer and free coffee. Over the years, the list of bands that have graced the Dunk! stage has become increasingly impressive, including the likes of Russian Circles, This Will Destroy You, Mono, God Is An Astronaut, Pelican, 65daysofstatic, Caspian, Amenra, And So I Watch You From Afar, Ef, Jakob, The Ocean and so many more, making this THE destination for post-rock and post-metal fans every May. Thirteen years after its inaugural edition, the EU festival is thriving and has become one of the major supporters of the scene. As such, focus has shifted to the next step. For as many great American post-rock bands as there are, there is no festival stateside that truly represents the genre. That changes this year.
In tandem with Bozeman, Montana’s A Thousand Arms - a growing force in the American post-rock landscape – dunk! is mounting their first ever US edition. Considering the impact that American bands have had on the global growth of this genre over the years, it only makes sense to bring this event to all the fans stateside. After a period of searching, the dunk! folks have found their second home in beautiful Burlington, VT – a town small enough to foster the intimate vibes of the Belgian festival, but also cultured enough to “get” it. It is also no doubt a wonderful destination for post-rock travelers from all points abroad. The first edition of dunk!USA will be taking place Saturday and Sunday, October 7th and 8th, 2017 at Higher Ground in South Burlington, and should prove to be the most exciting domestic event to date for fans of the genre.
Pelican
Pelican
Instrumental metal/post rock band founded in 1999 in Chicago.
Coastlands
Coastlands
Post-Rock. Ambient. Instrumental. Portland, Oregon

Coastlands is an instrumental ambient/post-rock band out of Portland, Oregon. Formed in 2011, The four piece lineup features Jason Sissoyev and Nick Fisher on guitars, Jordan Householder on 7-string guitar and Rick Keefer on drums and percussion. Drawn together by a mutual love of music and a penchant for unusual instrumentation and recording methods, each member lends elements of their diverse musical experience, resulting in a sound that is expansive, cinematic, ethereal and highly textured. They have produced several EP’s and a handful of singles since their inception. They have been featured in a couple of documentaries, and their most recent release, Come Morning, A Radiant Light, sold out it’s first edition within days of announcing its pre release. Citing influence from artists such as Ef, Mono, Mogwai, and Logh, their own interpretation of the genre is heavily guitar-laden and woven with distortion and atmospheric resonance that traces the sweeping landscape of the Pacific Northwest.

Jason Sissoyev
Jordan Householder
Nick Fisher
Rick Keefer
Pray For Sound
Pray For Sound
Pray for Sound is a Massachusetts based instrumental postrock band started in 2011. Pray for Sound are Bruce Malley, Chris Larocque, Nick Stewart, Joe Alyward, Steve Aliperta.
Set and Setting
Set and Setting
American Post-Rock / Metal band from St. Petersburg, Florida. Formed in 2009.
Ranges
Ranges
With creative impetus driven by the expansive landscapes of their native Montana - which cried out for its own soundtrack - Bozeman’s RANGES began as a project but has grown into something more involved, inspired and conceptually rich. Founded only in 2013, they have experienced a prolific four-year stretch that has seen the release of two full-length albums, 3 EP’s and two singles. As the praise for their work has grown louder over time, the drive to outreach previous heights has only intensified. The Fall 2017 release of their upcoming third LP The Ascensionist promises to re-define the sonic palette of this tirelessly progressing band.
This Patch Of Sky
This Patch Of Sky
Instrumental/Post-Rock band from Eugene, OR, USA

This Patch of Sky is an instrumental post-rock band from Eugene, OR. Since their start in 2010, the band has learned to skillfully create crafted cinematic soundscapes, setting up the mood and feelings to become the soundtrack to your daily life. The sounds of TPOS falls between lush post-rock, organic ambience, and ethereal cinematic works, giving you the same effect of a cozy blanket that keeps you warm throughout a cold winter day.

Kit Day - Guitar
Nate Trowbridge - Drums
Ryan Rosenberg - Bass
Joel Erickson - Synth
Joshua Carlton - Guitar
Alex Abrams - Cello
Tides Of Man
Tides Of Man
In a previous life, Tides of Man was a well-regarded post-hardcore band. In 2014, they boldly re-formed and emerged as an instrumental post-rock outfit. What could have been a risky move instead proved rewarding, as 2014’s Young and Courageous revealed itself to be one of the genre’s most exciting releases of that year. A 2015 appearance on Audiotree Live only further cemented their status. Blending carefully measured, calming melodies with hard-won crescendos, Tides of Man embodies everything modern post-rock has built its name upon. 3 years in the making, their much-anticipated sophomore release makes its way to excited ears in the Fall of 2017.
Venue Information:
Higher Ground Ballroom & Showcase Lounge
1214 Williston Road
South Burlington, VT, 05403