Something Big This Way Comes

Written By Randy Harris

[su_dropcap style=”flat” size=”2″]T[/su_dropcap]here is no single word that comes to mind to describe the North Carolina natives Big Something. Their music is simple and complex, full and spacious, clean and dirty, straight up and deep down. There’s “something” about this band, a “big something,” that is almost impossible to pin down. Something that

makes your feet move, but you are too deep inside the rolling bass grooves, ensnaring horns and

masterfully funky chords to know or care why. Add a heaping spoonful of funk, a dash of quirky humor

and a refusal to stay within the confines of what’s expected, and you’ve got a recipe for a one of a kind

live music experience.

[su_dropcap style=”flat” size=”2″]I[/su_dropcap]n the midst of an ambitious fall tour, Big Something will invade The Hamilton in our nation’s capital on

Friday, October 16 with support from the southern soul band Major & The Monbacks. Washington, DC

locals are more than familiar with The Hamilton, which has hosted multiple premier artists, such as Sam

Bush, David Grisman, Jackie Greene, Snarky Puppy, and, most recently, moe. The 550 person venue

provides the perfect atmosphere for the community vibe that is ever present among Big Something’s

devoted fan base.

[su_dropcap style=”flat” size=”2″]B[/su_dropcap]ig Something, formed in 2009, has toured relentlessly over the past six years, claiming support slots for

Galactic, moe., The B52s, Robert Randolph and The Family Band, Zach Deputy, DJ Logic, Toubab Krewe,

Dopapod, and many, many more. Their steady growth in popularity has also landed them in high

demand for festivals around the country, including FloydFest, Camp Barefoot, Blackwater, Shakori Hills

Grassroots Festival, Pink Moon, Strangecreek, Wormtown, Mantrabash, Smilefest, NC Music & Arts

Festival, Front Porch Fest, Domefest and more. As if that wasn’t enough, the band also hosts its own

festival in North Carolina called The Big What?, which has hosted artists such as Larry Keel, Consider The

Source, TAUK, The Mantras, The Heavy Pets, Aqueous and more.

[su_dropcap style=”flat” size=”2″]W[/su_dropcap]ith three albums of recorded material, new tunes always in the works and an experimental urge to

take on covers, every Big Something show is as unique as the last. One personal favorite, and probably

an almost unanimous fan favorite, is “UFOs Are Real,” which has an incredibly funky, laidback groove

and a message relaying exactly what you would expect from the title. “The Undertow” has a fun-loving,

rock/reggae combo to it, while “The Curse of Julia Brown” is a straight-ahead rocker. Dub, jazz,

electronica and innumerable other subgenres seep their way into Big Something’s eclectic repertoire.

This broad range of tunes allows them to thrive in multiple settings: daytime sets, night sets, opening

sets, headlining gigs, festival slots, you name it! These guys are all over the spectrum, but with two

primary goals in mind: keep the crowd on their feet and the music flowin’… I can hardly imagine them

having any difficulty with such a goal.

[su_dropcap style=”flat” size=”2″]I[/su_dropcap]n essence, Big Something is a band that has found its groove, but continues to defy expectations and

expand upon its legacy. They have aptly found a way to skirt between the catchiness of pop music with

the edgy flavor of the not-so-underground that we all know and love so much. Washington, DC has

always treated the band well, and Big Something has always delivered. So, the only question remaining

is, “Will you be there?” The Hamilton has opened the doors for us, and Big Something will be ready to

shake the walls… you can count on that!

[su_dropcap style=”flat” size=”2″]M[/su_dropcap]ark your calendar for Friday, October 16. Big Something will be waiting to rock your socks off…

seriously, I’ll be there with extra socks to hand out as you leave.  Look out! Something Big, This Way



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