GPGDS played 180 shows in 2008, including performances at Wakarusa, and Mountain Jam. 2007 highlights include a three-week stint in Jamaica, numerous national tours, and a concert at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC). Thanks to their aggressive touring schedule and dynamic sound, Giant Panda has developed an extensive following.
Formed in 2004, this Rochester, New York-based group has made a name for themselves through hard work on the road. GPGDS plays an eclectic blend of roots reggae, dub, and afrobeat; their impeccable musicianship and explosive live show have received widespread acclaim.
Giant Panda will be releasing a new album in 2009. Their 2006 debut Slow Down, is receiving regular airplay on Sirius and XM Radio.
Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad has shared the stage with reggae greats Toots And The Maytals, The Wailers, Lee Scratch Perry, Yellowman, Culture, The Meditations, Don Carlos, Morgan Heritage, Mad Professor, and Edi Fitzroy. They’ve been joined on stage by members of Brazilian Girls, Thievery Corporation, and Umphrey’s McGee.
“This is some of the most intense roots reggae we’ve ever heard…” – Knoxville’s Metro Pulse
“…heavy, air-tight dub and roots reggae pressure…” – Washington Post
“…a viable contributor to the modern reggae movement.” – Metro Santa Cruz
Matthew O’Brian – Guitar & Lead Vocals
James Searl – Bass & Lead Vocals
Christopher O’Brian – Drums
Dylan Savage – Guitar & Vocals
Rachel Orke – Fender Rhodes, Clavinet, Melodica
Aaron Lipp – Hammond B-3 Organ
Apr 16 @ Red Square: Albany, NY
Apr 17 @ Main Pub: Manchester, CT
Apr 18 @ Sugarloaf Reggae Festival: Carrabassett Valley, ME
Apr 24 @ RIT, Greek Lawn: Rochester, NY
Apr 26 @ Solar Fest, U of New Hampshire: Durham, NH
May 01 @ Iron Horse Music Hall: Northampton, MA
May 07 @ Nokia Theatre: New York, NY
May 14 @ Higher Ground: S Burlington, VT
May 15 @ Middle East: Cambridge, MA
May 16 @ The Asylum: Portland, ME
May 20 @ World Cafe Live: Philadelphia, PA
May 21 @ BB King Blues Club: New York, NY
Jun 06 @ Wakarusa Music Festival: Ozark, AR
Jun 20 @ Gemini Fest: Martinsville, VA
Jul 2-5 @ Rothbury Festival: Rothbury, MI
Jul 16 @ GrassRoots Festival: Trumansburg, NY
Jul 31 @ Main Street Music Series: Cortland, NY
Aug 29 @ Reggae On The Rocks: Morrison, CO
For more information please contact Curtis Bergesen at 240-602-5057 or firstname.lastname@example.org