On June 9, Buffalo groove rockers Aqueous rolled into Denver’s Bluebird Theatre for a summer one-off that turned into a sold-out show. While there, the quartet pulled out a seldom played cover of Pink Floyd’s “Fearless”. Days later, Night Lights Music Festival announced that Aqueous guitarist/vocalist Mike Ganzter and bassist Evan McPhaden would be joining Chuck Garvey (moe.), Eli Winderman (Dopapod/Octave Cat) and Matt Kellen (Mungion) in the aptly named super group “Fearless- A Tribute to Pink Floyd” at this summer’s festival.
Aqueous has released a pro-shot video of the Denver treat, giving a small glimpse into the “Fearless” tribute. Ganzter told NYS Music that the Denver show is one of his favorite shows of 2018. “The Bluebird Theater is a beautiful room,” Ganzter noted, “and it was epic and very fun to throw down to a sold-out crowd in such an amazing place. The energy was through the roof.”
The “Fearless” Tribute will be a rare side project for moe. guitarist Chuck Garvey. While members of moe., Aqueous, Dopapod and Mungion have navigated various side projects and sit-ins in a variety of incarnations, “Fearless” marks the first time that members of all four bands will play together.
“It’s always a beautiful feeling to share a mutual love and respect over a certain bands’ music with musicians that you also love,” said Gantzer. “It’s a rare joy to get to perform in this type of setting, especially with such important and incredible music (Pink Floyd) at the forefront. I’m psyched that we’re bringing this to Night Lights.”
While Gantzer wouldn’t reveal any specifics, he noted that fans of Pink Floyd can expect a variety of the band’s catalog during the set. “We’ll certainly cover the spectrum of Pink Floyd’s career,” he teased, “There’s so many epic eras to choose from and we hope to touch on each of them throughout the set.”
While searching for a name, sifting through a variety of Pink Floyd-based pun option, Gantzer noted the it was Winderman that summed up the name best. “When I asked Eli for his input, he said ‘Fearless, because we’ll be fearless in our jamming, too’. I thought that was perfect.”
Night Lights music festival heads into is eight year, returning to the Heron in Sherman. It also marks Aqueous’ sixth year at the festival. But more importantly, as Gantzer noted, the set marks a notch in Gantzer’s proverbial professional belt. “This is a really serious lineup of some of my favorite musicians on the planet”, he noted, “it’s a dream come true for me”.