Date:   8/23/2013

The Grand Slambovians - most highly-anticipated concert of the summer

The Grand Slambovians will be making a rare swing through Wisconsin and stopping by the historic Thrasher Opera House for a one evening performance on Friday, August 23 at 7:30 p.m. "We've been trying to book them for several years, so we're excited to finally be able to make it happen. We encourage people to come join us for their really unique form of folk-rock and extremely entertaining stage presence -- certainly one of the most interesting this summer," says Roby Irvin, Program Director. 

The Grand Slambovians, aka, Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams is a Hudson Valley New Yorkbased band, which was founded in Sleepy Hollow in 1998. The band's music is a form of Folk- rock and is sometimes described as "Hillbilly Pink Floyd," or "Punk Classical Hillbilly Floyd."

"Playing an utterly unique blend of rock & roll, folk, and quirky Americana, The Grand Slambovians have been called "the hillbilly Pink Floyd," which is an apt description, particularly if you throw in elements of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, the Band, Neil Diamond, and maybe even some Frank Zappa as well." - Pandora Radio

The band regularly plays the major folk music venues, coffeehouses and music festivals in the Northeastern, and East North Central United Statesoften to sold out crowds. They also tour in other regions of the United States, including California and Florida. In August 2008 they made their first appearance outside of North America, at the Rhythm Festival in England. Their reception there was so enthusiastic that they were invited back for the 2009 festival, as well as several other UK festivals in the summer of 2009.

The flavor of the band is best captured by a live concert, or by one of their live recordings. The band is noted for the dedication and support shown by their fans. Some fans travel hundreds of miles to attend concerts. A high point of the year for many fans are the Grand Slambovian Hillbilly Pirate Balls, annual costumed events held in London and New York in the run-up to Halloween.

This project is supported by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts and the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation. Accommodations provided by the Heidel House Resort & Spa.



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