Venice Gas House Trolley is the sound of a new creative generation that believes imagination is liberation. The band is jazzy, jammy, funky, and tribal with spoken word poetry and heavy grooves. VGHT's music is packed with psychedelic soundscapes and boundary exploring arrangements that whimsically deviate from the norm yet still provide enough hooks and thick grooves to keep audience's heads bobbing and feet moving.
Paving the way for a whole new genre of music, VGHT mangles musical boundaries and interlaces shared storytelling and poetic vibration into a communal and collective consciousness that unifies the ancient and future as one. Praised by the media and fans alike for their new approach to words and intense yet chilled psychedelic jam, VGHT has held the position as the #1 Jam Band in Madison, WI on ReverbNation for the past 2 years running. The ensemble was voted as one of the top 3 experimental bands in Madison's Isthmus Newspaper's "Reader's Favorites" poll and Wisconsin newspapers have highlighted VGHT as a Critic's Choice over 20 times
Venice Gas House Trolley features Flowpoetry, a finalist for the MNSWA "Urban Griot" International/National Performer of the Year and a three-time Madison Area Music Awards finalist. VGHT encapsulates the dirty 1960s rock of Jefferson Airplane, the slinky but aggressive and funky grooves of Claypool, the eccentric and experimental sounds of Zappa, the eclectic jam and fun attitude of Phish, the rockin' hip-hop and reggae beats of 311, and the flowin' words of Tom Waits. Through this creative mix, the band has released four full length domestic CDs and has placed tracks on British compilations.
With over 350 performances from Wisconsin to New York City, appearances at numerous significant Midwest regional summer festivals, and a signing to The Homegrown Music Network national distribution community of bands (the roster includes Keller Williams, Lotus, and STS9 among many others), The Trolley is groovin' down the tracks!
"VGHT is the real deal and something more. It’s not too often when I hear music I think of art. Their music reminds me of the great surrealist Salvador Dali, highly imaginative, striking and bizarre. So if you're in the mood for something original and unlike anything you’ve ever heard before VGHT is the band for you." Homegrown Music Network (Mebane, NC)
"Venice Gas House Trolley is organically delivering a new music experience for the listener…with funky, groovy fusion rock, the band creates a solid vibe….", musicwithoutlabels.com (Nashville, TN)
"Courageous and organically fused…similar to that of Rage Against The Machine at times, honest and holds the mood of a Shaman performing cleansing rituals." http://www.localplaylist.com (Milwaukee, WI)
"They'll tickle your synapses as they inspire your limbs to dance!", The Isthmus Weekly (Madison, WI)