Buffalo’s Aqueous had a busy and fruitful 2013. Having played over 125 shows including multiple major festivals, the band chose their home away from home at The Crooked I in Erie, PA to close the year out in grand style. Despite close to blizzard like conditions for much of the afternoon, Erie’s music lovers were not deterred as the venue filled from end to end as the show raged on. The I is a fantastic place, chosen by staff as one of the best small venues in 2013. Run by co-owners Marty Schwab and Tracy Evans, The I prides itself on fair prices, a well trained and accommodating staff, top notch promotion and booking, and first and foremost respect and fair treatment to musicians.
Aqueous hit the stage running a bit after 10 with an extra exploratory version of original “The Median”. The band, made up of guitarists Mike Gantzer and David Loss, bassist Evan McPhaden and drummer Nick Sonricker were all decked out in their finest dress clothes for the entirety of the show. During original “Coyote Run”, local axe wizard Eric Brewer sat in for a goosebump riddled guitar duel with Mike. The first set stuck mostly with the bands original material with plenty of jamming which rang well with the masses crowding the stage. A debut, “Complex Part II” anchored the middle of with aplomb, and the boys closed out with a first time played cover of Toto’s classic “Africa” including some fancy choreographed dance moves.
A quick set break later, the band retook the stage right before midnight and counted down into 2014 with the crowd. After an obligatory quick instrumental take on “Auld Lang Syne” everyone and their mom, and their mom’s mom, were taken completely by surprise as the band dropped into a full spot on cover of Metallica’s “Master of Puppets”. Gratuitous headbanging ensued. Several originals followed with Aqueous’s usual spot on jamming all over the place. Not done with the evenings surprises yet, the entirety of The Beatles Abbey Road (side 2) finished out the set with 300+ of Erie’s jamizens singing along to every word. Sad you didn’t go? The entirety of the show was captured on audio and video so keep an eye out!
Aqueous also released their newest live CD Live Nugs: Volume 4 at the show, which can be purchased here.
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Catch Aqueous in Upstate this winter on January 18th at The Hollow in Albany w/ Wild Adriatic, January 24th at Balloons in Ellicottville and every Wednesday in February at Nietzsche’s in Buffalo.
Set 1: The Median, Skyway > Eon Don, Complex Part II#, Coyote Run^, Africa ##
Set 2: Auld Lang Syne > Master of Puppets ### > Origami, Dave’s Song > Kitty Chaser (Explosions),
King For A Day > Willy is 40, All In, Mean Mr. Mustard #### > Polythene Pam #### >
She Came in Through the Bathroom Window #### > Golden Slumbers #### > Carry that Weight #### > The End ####
Encore: Her Majesty #### > Warren in the Window
# First time played original
^ with Eric Brewer on guitar
## First time played, Toto cover
### First time played, Metallica cover
#### First time played, The Beatles cover(to end of set)