RAQ Night 1 of 2
**The first 30 ticket holders through the door for RAQ at 9pm Friday & Saturday will get a free limited edition hand-screen printed poster by local artist Christopher Lisle!
w/ Gubbuliddis and Friends (ft. Mihali and Zdenek of Twiddle w/ special guests)
Friday, December 13, 2013
21+ $17 ADV // $20 DOS
Self-described as high performance rock n roll, RAQ has been touring as a four piece band for over a decade now. Their unique sound featuring complex song structure and quirky-yet-accessible lyrics has their older fans wishing the band was still full time and the younger generation wondering what they have missed. There is little doubt after the first reunion shows that RAQ still delivers tremendously when it comes to live improvisational rock.
The band met in Burlington, Vermont, where they first called themselves “Shadraq”, but decided to shorten the name to RAQ before cutting their debut album “Shed Tech” in March of 2001. In 2002, the band saw original keyboard player, Marc Scortino, leave the band and replaced by Todd Stoops. Stoops joined Chris Michetti (guitar), Jay Burwick (Bass) and Greg Stukey (drums) to make up the band for the remainder of the decade. The band went on to release “Carbohydrates Are the Enemy” later that year and set out for their first national tour. In 2006, RAQ released their third album “Ton These.” In 2013, Adrian Tramantano replaced Greg Stukey to comprise the band’s current roster.
One of the reasons behind RAQ’s highly successful tour past is due to their compositions being grounded in solid song structures, but still being malleable enough to go in infinite directions in the live setting. This keeps the quartet’s devout following and first time listeners yearning for more as the audience is taken along on the collective journey. Their extensive repertoire of original compositions and eclectic selection of covers give the band the freedom to create a unique set list for every show.
The wait is over, RAQ is back!
Gubbulidis is a duo from Castleton VT that features Zdenek Gubb on Bass Guitar and Vocals and Mihali Savoulidis on Acoustic Guitar and Vocals both are currently in the band Twiddle.
Mihali and Zdenek met in 2007 when Zdenek auditioned for Twiddle. The two have been playing together ever since. Needing something to do when twiddle wasn’t on tour they decided to create a different musical outlet for the two of them. They have had a tuesday night residency at Nectars since April .
With the help of a loop pedal Gubbulidis is able to create a unique sound that is much bigger than what a duo usually has to offer. Between Mihali’s BeatBoxing and Zdenek’s percussive bass lines they are able to create a variety of beats that fill out there sound and enable them to create the full band vibe that makes them so much fun to see live. With ripping solo’s and spot on vocal harmonies these two guys are able to captivate music lovers from all over the world time and time again.