Remember when you fell in love with a band, only to realize you just missed them at the Casbah or Soda Bar or the Troubadour or some other tiny venue? Well, it's happened to me more than once and part of creating this site was because I didn't want it to ever happen again. In this case, I'm really excited to tell you all about Pigpen Theatre Co., who are actually a theatre company, but who are embarking on a national tour as an indie-folk band, with critical accolades already showered upon them. The bummer is you probably haven't heard enough about them to be super excited, but the reality is that the group is kicking off their massive U.S. tour on Saturday, and they're playing the Casbah so early during the tour (next Thursday, to be exact) that if you don't take a chance, you might hear the buzz long after they've already played San Diego. That happened to me for Postal Service and it happened for Arcade Fire, and I'm not letting it happen for these guys. You shouldn't either. Check out their full press release after the jump, or just trust me and grab your tickets here.
|Photo Credit: Thom Kaine|
AWARD-WINNING INDIE-FOLK BAND PIGPEN THEATRE CO. HITS THE ROAD MARCH 1
U.S. TOUR INCLUDES STOPS AT SXSW & FIREFLY MUSIC FESTIVAL
THE WAY I’M RUNNING OUT NOW
“PigPen Theatre Co. is the best kept secret around but that’s not going to last for much longer…”—The Huffington Post
“Acoustic guitar, accordion, harmonies and enough Brit-folk melodies to make Mumford & Sons jealous.”—American Songwriter
“…these guys are masterful musicians...”—Time Out New York
Fresh off a successful fall residency at Schubas in Chicago and a visit to the recent Ann Arbor Folk Festival, award-winning seven-member indie-folk band/theater troupe PigPen Theatre Co. hits the road March 1, headlining dates nationwide. The tour takes the band to major markets across the U.S., including stops in Austin for SXSW and the acclaimed Firefly Music Festival.
Additionally, Relix recently premiered the video for “I Crash,” filmed in Vermont while the band was working on their next album. Watch the video HERE.
2013 was a busy year for the group. In addition to regular touring and their Schubas residency, PigPen spent the fall performing the Chicago production of their critical and commercial hit Off-Broadway show The Old Man and The Old Moon at Writers Theatre. Time Out Chicago called the show, “A Redmoon spectacle multiplied by a Decemberists concert,” and noted, “It’s tough to shake the notion that you’re in at the launch stage of a group that could soon escape orbit.” In the midst of the three-month run, the band also released their latest EP, The Way I’m Running, as the follow-up to their critically acclaimed 2012 debut album, Bremen.
The guys of PigPen began creating their unique brand of music, film and theater as students at Carnegie Mellon University in 2008. As a band they’ve played residencies at Schubas in Chicago and Joe’s Pub in NYC and gigs at venues including New York’s Bowery Ballroom and Mercury Lounge, DC’s Jammin’ Java and Philadelphia’s World Cafe Live. Their recordings have garnered praise from the likes of American Songwriter, Relix and the Huffington Post, among others.
As a theatre company, PigPen bears the distinction of having been the first group to win top honors at the New York International Fringe Festival two years in a row (2010 and 2011), and their first commercial Off-Broadway production The Old Man and The Old Moon received critical raves, running from September 2012–January 2013 at The Gym at Judson (located in the iconic Judson Memorial Church). They’ve been in residence at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and the Orchard Project, and in addition to their two acclaimed commercial runs of The Old Man and The Old Moon, have performed at New York’s famous Barrow Street Theatre, The Irondale Center, the Boston Center for the Arts, and have sold out theaters nationwide with their shows The Nightmare Story and The Mountain Song. Their work has earned them critics’ picks from the likes of The New York Times, Time Out New York, New York Magazine and The Huffington Post, with reviewers ranking their productions among the top ten theatrical events of both 2011 and 2012. They are also thrilled to be developing their debut children’s novel with Writers House, one of the world’s leading young adult literary agencies. The group recently gave a TEDx Talk on storytelling, which can be viewed/shared HERE.
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