Circles Around The Sun

Circles Around The Sun

Sat, Aug 25, 2018

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Showcase Lounge

$20 advance | $20 day of show


This event is all ages

Circles Around The Sun
Circles Around The Sun
Due to an urgent health matter, we unfortunately have to cancel our upcoming August 22-26 tour dates. We are working on rescheduling these for early next year and will have more information soon. We’re so sorry to all of you who had planned to come to these shows and will let you know as soon as possible about ticket refunds or holding onto your tickets for the rescheduled shows. Thanks to everyone in advance for understanding. - CATS -

Three years ago, guitarist Neal Casal formed the band with keyboardist Adam MacDougall (his bandmate in the Chris Robinson Brotherhood), bassist Dan Horne and drummer Mark Levy to record some Grateful Dead-influenced instrumentals to be played during the set breaks at the Dead’s “Fare Thee Well” concerts. “That was supposed to be the end of it,” Casal says.

Instead, there was an album, Interludes for the Dead, followed by several acclaimed live performances. The response was so positive, and the band was having so much fun making music together, that they agreed to keep it going, MacDougall says. “The chemistry the four of us had was instant and undeniable. It felt like we’d barely scratched the surface of what we could do, which is why we wanted to get back in the studio.”

It took nearly three years, but Circles Around the Sun – usually shortened to CATS – finally returned to Castaway 7 Studios in Ventura, California earlier this year. After the long wait, they made the most of their two weeks together, recording and mixing seven new instrumentals, enough to make Let It Wander a double album.

The players and the studio were the same, but Horne says the band’s approach to the music was completely different. “We were chasing a particular sound the first time around, so the process was slightly more structured. For this record, that map was gone, and we were on our own.”

Embracing their newfound freedom, CATS responded with seven focused performances filled with imaginative musical turns. Horne and Levy form a veritable groove machine that knows intuitively when to tighten up and when to stretch out. They expand and collapse the rhythmic pocket around Casal and MacDougall, who pass melodies back and forth in an elaborate game of musical tag as they take turns adding color and shade from a seemingly endless kaleidoscope of cosmic sounds.
Venue Information:
Showcase Lounge
1214 Williston Road
South Burlington, VT, 05403