Exclusive Premiere | Col. Bruce Hampton & ARU Video Series #002

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Col. Bruce Hampton will activate his legendary Aquarium Rescue Unit for a series of summer shows, marking the group’s first headlining performances since a 2011 reunion. Hampton will be joined by guitarist Jimmy Herring, drummer Jeff Sipe, bassist Oteil Burbridge and keyboardist Matt Slocum for the 2015 ARU shows which run from July 29 to August 16.

Today we’re pleased to premiere the second clip in a video series about the upcoming reunion tour directed by Andy Tennille. In the mini-documentary below the Colonel and the members of ARU discuss the history of the band and what’s in store for the reunion, among other topics including comparisons to the Grateful Dead and Sun Ra. Take a look:

Watch the first episode of the series here.

Last Friday Col. Bruce Hampton & Aquarium Rescue Unit previewed the tour by headlining the Paul Reed Smith Guitars 30th Anniversary Concert in Baltimore. JamBase contributor Stu Kelly documented the evening in words and images.

Col. Bruce Hampton & ARU Reunion Tour Dates:

7/29 & 7/30 -Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre
7/31 -Bellevue, CO @ Mishawaka
8/1 -Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
8/5 -Birmingham, AL @ Iron City
8/6 -Nashville, TN @ Cannery
8/7 -Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre
8/8 -Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre
8/9 -Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
8/12 -Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
8/13 -Richmond, VA @ The National
8/14 -Washington DC @ The Howard Theatre
8/15 -Port Chester, NY @ The Capitol Theatre
8/16 -Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl