The Split Squad / Pajamazon / Medicine Day

by The Avalon Lounge
The Split Squad / Pajamazon / Medicine Day This is an in-person event
Sat, 04 December 2021
06:00PM - 09:00PM (EST)
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The Avalon Lounge
29 Church St
Catskill, NY 12414
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Organizer The Avalon Lounge
Please note: this is an early show! Doors at 6, over at 9. Proof of vax or recent negative covid test reqd for entry.
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The Split Squad 

Conceived over cocktails, wine, and beers in 2011, The Split Squad is one of those “perfect storm” rock and roll bands that comes from a bunch of musicians who have done it all and have nothing to prove. While that may sound a bit boastful, the pedigree here covers about 150 years of collective rock and roll experience, from the most rarified of concert halls, down to the seediest of underground dives. These guys have both reveled and wallowed in it: 

Eddie Munoz: Most famously known as the flash guitarist from LA’s legendary Plimsouls, Eddie’s “chaos theory” approach to rock and roll guitar is unique and immediately recognizable, yet squarely rooted in the timeless swagger of The Stones and The Yardbirds. 

Clem Burke: Arguably one of the greatest living rock & roll drummers on the planet, Dr. Burke (Google that...it’s cool) boasts a resume that starts at CBGB’s in the 70’s and ends at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. As a founding member of Blondie and a highly sought-after session musician, Clem has experienced nearly every aspect of the music business, but still has more passion to “climb in the van and take it to the fans” than most musicians half his age. To put it bluntly, there is no one on Earth like Clem... 

Michael Giblin: Bassist/singer Giblin is the mad scientist behind The Split Squad, having assembled the project after his current band, Parallax Project, had crossed paths with all of the others on various tours and recording projects. Known in underground pop circles as a member of the much loved 90’s power pop trio Cherry Twister, Giblin has spent many years toiling away in the bowels of the music biz as a session bassist, band leader, producer, and generally good guy. 

Keith Streng: Known far and wide as a founding member of one of rock and roll’s greatest (and longest running) institutions, The Fleshtones, guitarist Streng sets a standard for passion and dedication that few are able to follow. 40 years on (and counting), The Fleshtones remain one of rock’s greatest “sure things”: never a bad show; never an off night. They are as dependable as they are exciting. His rock-solid musicianship, combined with his high-wire stage antics, combine to anchor one of rock’s most joyful live experiences. He’s had books written about him, and documentaries shot on him. In a word...an institution. 

Josh Kantor: Keyboardist Josh Kantor brings the wildest diversity to the mix. As a member of Boston’s Jim’s Big Ego, and the critically acclaimed supergroup The Baseball Project (featuring members of The Dream Syndicate and R.E.M.), Josh has rubbed elbows with a number of rock luminaries, but he still manages to find time to excel at his day job, which just happens to be as the organist for The Boston Red Sox. Yes, THOSE Boston Red Sox. As such, Josh possesses a skill level and musical vocabulary that few can match. 

The group came together in Boston in the summer of 2012 to record an album, which ended up being a raucous and hilarious good time. Produced by Scott McCaughey (R.E.M., Minus 5, Young Fresh Fellows), the album “Now Hear This” features guest spots by fellow rock & Roll Hall of Famer Peter Buck (R.E.M.), Hugo Burnham (Gang of Four), and Mike Gent (The Figgs). They next released an EP in 2018 (“The Showstopper EP”), which earned them a Little Steven’s Underground Garage “Coolest Song in the World” for the track “Stop Me (If You’ve Heard This One Before)”. 2021 brings their second full-length album, “Another Cinderella”, which again features an array of guest turns, including Jason Victor (The Dream Syndicate), Brian Hurd (Daddy Long Legs), and David Minehan (The Neighborhoods / Replacements). In between releases, the band has spent its time together honing their incendiary live show, by playing across the US and Europe, with one highlight being performing to a sold out crowd at London’s legendary 100 Club in 2019. 

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Pajamazon from Woodstock, NY have been banging out their brand of fun, catchy, and melodic power pop/punk throughout the lower Hudson Valley, Capital Region, and beyond since 1995. Visit them on the web at pajamazon.com

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Medicine Day is a funk band from Saugerties