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Published: 2011/08/15

All in the Family for Perpetual Groove

Perpetual Groove played a special hometown gig at Athens, GA’s New Earth Music Hall on July 28. The stealth show was supposed to take place at Athens’ Georgia Theatre but was moved to the New Earth Music Hall when the Georgia Theatre was not ready to reopen (Perpetual Groove was supposed to play the Georgia Theatre the night it burned down). Though the band was unable to perform at the Georgia Theatre, the group’s July 28 performance still had something of a family feel. Former Perpetual Groove keyboardist Matt McDonald—a member of the group from 2001-2008—sat in with his former bandmates at the start of the set for “Tu Sevun.” Current Perpetual Groove keyboardist John Hruby then joined McDonald on keys for “So Much As Goodbye” and “TTFPJ.” At the end of the show, McDonald joined Hruby, Perpetual Groove frontman Brock Butler and Under the Porch guitarist Michael Blair once again for “Sweet Oblivious Antidote.”

The group’s family reunion continued late last week. While performing at Tampa, FL’s Crowbar, bassist Mark Montrella joined Perpetual Groove onstage near the end of their first set for “At The Screen.” Montrella—who played with Hruby in Guest—returned the next night for a stretch of songs at Orlando, FL’s Firestone Live, including “Temperance,” “Drink Then Fill” and “Eminence Front.”

Perpetual Groove will perform at Winston-Salem, NC’s Ziggy’s this Wednesday. The group has also confirmed that the theme for its Halloween show at Birmingham, AL’s Workplay Theater will be the Prince celebration PERPle Rain.

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