Near Water Announces Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Plus a Free Show

Thao Nguyen of Thao & The Get Down Stay Down.

Thao Nguyen of Thao & The Get Down Stay Down.

“Oh aha, aha, oh aha, aha”: the Near Water Concert Series has announced another major show at the Meyer Theatre. It’s those catchy ohs and ahas that are bringing folk rockers Thao & The Get Down Stay Down to Green Bay on Tuesday, July 30th at 7 p.m.

The San Francisco-based band just released its third full-length album, We the Common.

Singer Thao Nguyen says this record marks a shift in which she “tried to capture a sense of revival and a determination to do better.”  The track “Holy Roller” is the epitome of that desire.

What she and her band mates came up with is an energetic, smartly-crafted, somewhat ironic 12-track record.  With spirited banjo, synth, and blazing saxophone, We the Common isn’t your cookie cutter folk rock album.  It’s produced by John Congleton, who has worked with St. Vincent, Explosions in the Sky, Okkervil River, and Wye Oak.

While We the Common is a step forward for Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, it maintains the contagious energy of the band’s previous efforts.

If you would like to check out Thao live, tickets go on sale this Friday at 11 a.m.  At $15 for general admission, you can’t go wrong.

Free show featuring: PHOX, Fort Frances, and Hugh Bob and the Hustle

You should also mark your calendar for a very exciting free Near Water concert.  On May 23rd, the series is marking its one-year anniversary with Madison-based band PHOX, Chicago’s Fort Frances, and Milwaukee’s Hugh Bob and the Hustle.

If you missed PHOX open for Ex-Cops, this is your chance to see Wisconsin’s next big band before they explode onto the national scene.  PHOX was all the hype of South by Southwest.  Big things are happening for this septet.

Also on the bill are indie rockers Fort Frances.  This three piece band is another one you’ll want to keep your eyes on.  Lead singer David McMillin uses his diverse vocal styling to create the  moody atmosphere which defines Fort Frances’s sound.  That’s especially apparent on the tracks “Cities in the Dust” and “If the Ocean Runs Dry.”

Hugh Bob and the Hustle is pure honky tonk.  The kind of country you’d find on the AM radio without the static.  The band’s self-titled album, using beautiful slide guitar and twangy melodies, is pure storytelling.  They’re bringing country back to what it used to be.

Near Water’s one-year anniversary show kicks off at 7 p.m. with equal billing for the bands.  Make sure to bring a friend or three or four, after all it’s a FREE night of music with plenty of seats in an incredible venue.  If you love being close to the bands, make sure to listen to KRUZ 106.7 for your chance to win front row tickets.  Also, that night Near Water will announce an upcoming show… just another reason to stop on down.  And tickets for that mystery concert will go on sale that night.

Did we mention that the show is free?  Oh, yeah, we did.  But seriously.  Check it out.  It’s free.

To stay plugged in to what the Near Water Concert Series is bringing to the area, make sure to like them on Facebook.  The page has an ever growing number of fans.  It’s also a great forum to discuss your favorite bands and find new tunes.  The series is always seeking input and looking for a gem that’s off its radar.  Also, if you’re a local band and looking to get noticed, share a link to your website, Facebook page, or demo… the folks at Near Water would love to take a listen.  Who knows, your band could be the next opener.

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