Free Concert: Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad
Sat. Apr. 2, 2016
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Steamboat Stage, Gondola Square
Bud Light Rocks the Boat
Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad (GPGDS) formed in 2001 in Rochester, New York. A mysteriously fertile area for developing the U.S. reggae scene, the city has ties going back to 1981. In these formative years, GPGDS began to explore their songs with an experimental approach that is stylistically akin to the Grateful Dead, while keeping their roots firmly planted in reggae rhythms and lyrical content. Around 2005 tapers began to notice and soon after one of the band’s first Colorado shows received homepage placement on the popular taper website Archive.org. Almost overnight they became a mainstay on the jam band festival circuit. GPGDS is known for folding the aesthetics of the jam band scene into the structures of reggae. In the live setting, the band performs extended jams. On their current album, they have synthesized their approach by weaving traditional folk instrumentation into a foundation of reggae, with arrangements that let the reggae breathe in a non-traditional way.