Opus One Productions Presents:
Thursday 31 March 2016
at Club Cafe, 56-58 12th St. Pittsburgh (South Side) PA 15203
21+ only, 8pm show / 7pm doors, $12
Tickets are on sale NOW at Ticketweb, Dave’s Music Mine, or the Club Cafe box office… OR you can WIN a pair of tickets FREE, courtesy of Opus One Productions and Valley of Steel! Keep on reading to find out how…
That’s right, folks, Acid Mothers Temple, aka Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso U.F.O., aka — well, I could spend all day long describing all the various incarnations and pseudonyms this Japanese collective of musicians has gone through since forming over twenty years ago, but I’d end up exhausted and you’d just be thoroughly confused; but for those who really want to delve into this group’s encyclopedic history, good places to start would be their main Wikipedia entry (here), this list of the dozens of people who have participated in one or more of the related ensembles at some point, and this rather extensive discography of the 100+ releases the various formations have put out over the years — anyway, they’re bringing their unique brand of psychedelic experimentalism here to Pittsburgh later this month, as part of their Wake To A New Dawn of Another Astro Era Tour 2016, which will have them performing all over North America throughout March and April. You can find more information on the tour (including a full list of dates) right here.
For those unfamiliar with the group, I will at least skim the surface of their story: in 1995 guitarist Kawabata Makoto of Osaka, Japan, began assembling a band with strong psychedelic influences and a spacey, trippy blend of sounds. Throughout the years since then, many members have come and gone, and various offshoots and spin-offs of the original group have materialized, some that have focused on slightly different sets of influences such as krautrock, jazz, progressive rock, or hard rock/metal.
One unifying factor throughout all of these elements, though, is a tendency toward experimentation and outside-the-box thinking. A quick scan throughout the album and song titles contained within the vast discography of this “soul collective” reveals quite a few overt nods to other well-known bands in the avant-garde or progressive genres — most notably Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention (of course), but also King Crimson, Pink Floyd, the Grateful Dead, David Bowie, and Black Sabbath — and that’s certainly no accident. All of these have provided some form of inspiration or influence, as well as innumerable others across virtually all genres and styles, all thrown together into a huge melting pot of “freak out” music.
To give you somewhat of a glimpse into the insanity that will be in store for everyone at this upcoming show, here are a couple of videos of Acid Mothers full sets from the past few years. Feel free to peruse them at your leisure, and then scroll a little further for your chance to WIN tickets to see them when they come to Pittsburgh in a few weeks!
Enter here to win two (2) tickets to see Acid Mothers Temple at Pittsburgh’s Club Cafe on Thursday, March 31st 2016:
UPDATE 28 March 2016:
This contest is now closed. Thank you to everyone who entered! Keep an eye on this page for more ticket giveaways to be announced in the near future!
- This prize is non-transferable; a valid photo ID will be required at the door to claim your prize.
- Entries will be accepted from noon (Eastern Standard Time) on Monday, March 7th through noon (Eastern Daylight Time) on Monday, March 28th.
- Winner will be randomly selected (via random.org) and contacted using the email address entered in this form after noon (Eastern Daylight Time) on Monday, March 28th.
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