GZ's FIRST TOUR OF 2009!
Gongzilla is fired up for their January run, which will take them from Georgia to Connecticut. The big news is the addition of drummer Curtis Wingfield (The Afromotive, Bellyfull, The New Familiars) who officially joins GZ for this tour supporting the new studio record, Five Even (see JamBase's rave review here), which features great guest guitarists Chuck Garvey (moe.), Jake Cinninger (Umphrey's McGee) and David "Fuze" Fiuczynski (Screaming Headless Torsos) with bassist Kai Eckhardt (Garaj Mahal) sitting-in, too.
Here’s what Jake Cinninger has to say about Five Even:
"These guys are the real thing. Not only are they some of the most fluid instrumentalists, great songs seem to dominate over being flashy and solo heavy. Sonically this new recording sounds microscopic and in your freakin' face. GZ is like a progressive version of Dire Straits, ill wordplay and adventurous arrangements. These cats came all the way to Chicago, toting all their recording gear with them, just to capture a few riffs from me. Needless to say they mean holy biz!"
Gongzilla January Tour Dates
Wed, Jan 21st - The Pour House in Raleigh, NC - with the Old Regime
Thu, Jan 22nd - 5 Spot in Atlanta, GA – with Jango Monkey
Fri, Jan 23rd - Double Door in Charlotte, NC – with Dead End Parking
Sat, Jan 24th - Stella Blue in Asheville, NC – with Vertigo Jazz Project and the Asheville Allstars featuring Derrick Johnson (trombone) of Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band, Ryan Knowles (sax) of The Afromotive, and Justin Ray (trumpet) of The Michael Buble' Band (yes ladies; that Michael Buble Band)
Thu, Jan 29th - The Saint in Asbury, NJ – with Turtle Soup
Fri, Jan 30th - River St. Jazz Cafe in Wilkes-Barre, PA
Sat, Jan 31st - The Main Pub in Manchester, CT