Sunday, November 04, 2018

Aqueous to Host '90s Nicktoons Celebration at New York’s Knitting Factory on Halloween

Buffalo, NY - Buffalo’s fan-favorite up-and-coming jam band Aqueous recently released a brand-new studio LP, Color Wheel. In promotion of this new collection, the band is prepping to embark on their most ambitious and extensive headlining tour to date, which kicks off this weekend in St. Paul, MN, and spans through to New Year’s Eve. During the tour, the band will find themselves celebrating Halloween at Brooklyn, New York’s Knitting Factory on Wednesday 31st October 2018, in which the band, with support from Mungion will host a fun themed '90s Nicktoons themed performance, which will pay tribute and celebrate the history of Nickelodeon's iconic animated series from the '90s!

Each Halloween show, Aqueous challenges themselves to take on a theme to inform the performance. In the past, the band has chosen The Wizard of Oz, Back To The Future, and Super Mario Brothers as a template for their Halloween performances. This year, the group has chosen to pay tribute to everyone’s favorite kids channel growing up, Nickelodeon.

"We take Halloween pretty seriously over at camp AQ. In previous years we’ve done some wild themes where we’ll incorporate all the music and the whole vibe of whatever the theme is," shares Aqueous guitarist, Mike Gantzer. "This year for our show at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, we wanted to pay tribute to a golden era of cartoon history: Nick Toons! We all grew up loving shows like Doug, Rocko’s Modern Life, Rugrats, Ren and Stimpy, Hey Arnold, Spongebob Squarepants, and the list goes on and on. The music from a lot of these shows is so awesome, and it’s gonna be a blast diving down this rabbit hole of nostalgia and blending the whole Nickelodeon vibe within the AQ sound. Add Mungion as support to the mix, and you’ve got a pretty bombastic show going down for Halloween this year."

Limited tickets remain for the Halloween throwdown at Knitting Factory and can be purchased here. All other upcoming dates can be purchased via the band's website.

In other news, Mike Gantzer is hosting a Roll Your Own on SiriusXM's Jam On station this week. The episode airs three more times: Thursday, October 18th at 2 pm ET, Saturday, October 20th at 5 pm ET and Sunday, October 21st at 1 pm ET.


Upcoming Tour Dates:

10/19 & 10/20 - St. Paul, MN - The Palace Theater >
10/24 - Hamden, CT - Space Ballroom ^
10/25 - South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground Showcase Lounge ^
10/26 - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair ^
10/27 - Albany, NY - The Hollow ^
10/31 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory ^
11/1 - Asbury Park, NJ - Wonder Bar ^
11/2 - Washington D.C. - Union Stage ^
11/3 - Philadelphia, PA - The Foundry at The Fillmore ^
11/4 - Richmond, VA - The Broadberry #
11/6 - Raleigh, NC - The Pour House Music Hall #
11/7 - Charleston, SC - Charleston Pour House #
11/8 - Orlando, FL - The Social #
11/9 - Jacksonville, FL - Jack Rabbits #
11/10 - Tampa, FL - The Crowbar #
11/11 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room ^^
11/14 - Birmingham, AL - Zydeco #
11/15 - Atlanta, GA - Aisle 5 #
11/16 - Asheville, NC - Asheville Music Hall #
11/17 - Nashville, TN - Exit In #
11/28 - Ann Arbor, MI - Blind Pig +
11/29 - Chicago, IL - Chop Shop **
11/30 - Milwaukee, WI - The Miramar Theatre +
12/5 - Ft. Collins, CO - Hodi's Halfnote ^
12/6 - Frisco, CO - 10 Mile Music Hall ^
12/7 - Steamboat Springs, CO - Old Town Pub ^
12/8 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre ^
12/11 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room $
12/12 - St. Louis, MO - The Bootleg at Atomic Cowboy $
12/13 - Indianapolis, IN - The Hi-Fi $
12/14 - Covington, KY - Madison Live $
12/15 - Columbus, OH - Woodlands Taverns $
12/30 - Buffalo, NY - Nietzsche's !
12/31 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom **

* w/ ELM
> w/ Umphrey's McGee
^ w/ Mungion
+ w/ EGI
** w/ Lunar Ticks
# w/ The Heavy Pets
^^ w/ Guavatron
$ w/ Goose
! w/ lespecial
! notes special VIP date; tickets cannot be purchased separately

Update (11/4) - From JamBase:

Aqueous Delivers ‘Nick Toons’ Halloween Show In Brooklyn: Pro-Shot Video

Buffalo-based jam quartet Aqueous fit songs from Nickelodeon cartoons into their Halloween show at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn last night. Guitarist Mike Gantzer was dressed as Quailman from Doug, multi-instrumentalist Dave Loss was dressed as Chuckie from Rugrats, bassist Evan McPhaden was dressed as Rocko from Rocko’s Modern Life and drummer Rob Houk was dressed as Ren from Ren & Stimpy. Videographer MKDevo shared and streamed pro-shot video from Aqueous’ “Nick Toons” concert.

Aqueous kicked off the festivities by debuting a cover of “Killer Tofu” from the show Doug. The band then plucked the recently debuted “Realize Your Light” from their new Color Wheel album before grooving on classic “The Median.” Next, the foursome worked the theme from Catdog into the beloved original “Don’t Do It.” And fittingly, “Split The Difference” was split by the theme songs to Rocko’s Modern Life and Rugrats to end the first set.

Last night’s second set began with a sequence that paired original “Aldehyde” and the theme from Ren & Stimpy. From there, Aqueous transitioned from “Good Enough” into a debut cover of Ween’s “Ocean Man,” a song featured in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. The seamless conclusion to the set also saw openers Mungion switch out with members of Aqueous one by one for a performance of the Hey Arnold theme song. Aqueous returned to close out the frame with a run of “What’s The Connection?” > the Doug theme song > “Weight Of The Word.” The quartet ended the night by debuting their take on the Rocket Power theme song. Watch the entire show thanks to MKDevo:

Set One: Killer Tofu1 2 > Realize Your Light, The Median, Don’t Do It3 > Catdog Theme1 4 > Don’t Do It, Split the Difference > Rocko’s Modern Life Theme1 5 > Rugrats Theme6 > Split the Difference

Set Two: Aldehyde > Ren and Stimpy Theme1 7, Good Enough > Ocean Man1 8 > Origami > What’s the Connection? > Hey Arnold Theme1 9 @@ > What’s the Connection? > Doug Theme2 > Weight of the Word@@@

Encore: Rocket Power Theme1 @@@@


1 Debut
2 from the show Doug
3 Doug theme tease
4 from the show Catdog
5 from the show Rocko’s Modern Life
6 from the show Rugrats
7 from the show Ren and Stimpy
8 Ween cover, debut
9 from the show Hey Arnold!
@@ Mungion switched off with AQ members on their respective instruments one by one, performed the Hey Arnold Theme, then Aqueous members replaced Mungion members during Hey Arnold jam on their respective instruments
@@@ Rocko’s Modern Life Theme tease
@@@@ from the show Rocket Power
This was a NickToons themed Halloween show. Mike was dressed as Quailman from Doug, Dave was dressed as Chuckie from Rugrats, Evan was dressed as Rocko from Rocko’s Modern Life, and Rob was dressed as Ren from Ren & Stimpy

200 show gap for Doug Theme
200 show gap for Rugrats Theme


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Originally published: Thursday, October 18, 2018.

Sources: Grateful Web, Live For Live Music, JamBase.
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