Aqueous have had a huge year in 2017, touring from coast-to-coast, performing in support of Umphrey’s McGee, rocking their own headlining club dates, and playing to packed stages at national festivals like Peach Music Festival and Summer Camp Music Festival. After a relentless year on the road, it comes as welcome news that the Buffalo-bred band will return to their hometown for a special performance on New Year’s Eve. On Sunday, December 31, Aqueous will ring in the new year at Town Ballroom in Buffalo, NY.Last month, the band released a brand new studio single, “Weight of the Word,” which is Aqueous’ first studio cut since their 2014 album Cycles. Earlier this year, Aqueous released their live record, Element Pt. I, which compiles fan-selected cuts from their 2017 Spring tour. The second installment, containing selections from their Spring 2017 run, as well as those from this Summer, is expected in the coming months.See below for a full list of Aqueous’s tour dates, and join them in celebrating 2017 while welcoming 2018 at the Town Ballroom in Buffalo, NY. Tickets are currently on sale and available here.AQUEOUS // Tour Dates9/7 – Steamboat Springs, CO – Schmiggity’s9/9 – Bellvue, CO – Canyon Jam9/12 – Iowa City, IA – Gabe’s9/13 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry9/14 – Madison, WI – The Frequency9/15 – Menasha, WI – The Source Public House9/16 – Indianapolis, IN – The Mousetrap9/22 – Thornville, OH – Resonance Music and Arts Festival9/23 & 9/24 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Comes Alive9/29 – Glens Falls – The Summit – Queensbury Hotel9/30 – Canton, NY – Java Barn10/24 – Wilmington, NC – The Calico Room10/25 – Raleigh, NC – The Pour House Music Hall10/26 – Charleston, SC – Charleston Pour House10/28 – Live Oak, FL – Suwannee Hulaween10/31 – Birmingham, AL – Zydeco11/1 – Nashville, TN – The High Watt11/2 – Asheville, NC – Asheville Music Hall11/3 – Covington, KY – Octave11/4 – Morgantown, WV – 123 Pleasant Street11/15 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom11/16 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall11/17 – Kalamazoo, MI – Bell’s Eccentric Café Back Room11/18 – Ferndale, MI – Otus Supply Parliament Room12/31 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom1/17 – 1/22 – Miami, FL – Jam Cruise
On May 30th, Trombone Shorty performed at the 16th annual Sesame Workshop gala in New York City. The event, which benefits the nonprofit organization behind the beloved children’s program Sesame Street, was a high-profile affair, hosted by TV personality and host Katie Couric and, of course, a bunch of muppets including Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, and many others. In addition to honors given out across the night, the gala primarily celebrated the launch of Sesame Workshop’s newly established Joan Ganz Cooney Fund for Vulnerable Children.However, given that this is a music site, most importantly, the gala gave us a series of amazing photos of Trombone Shorty partying with a bunch of muppets, including Elmo, Count von Count, and Zoe. Furthermore, to commemorate the famed New Orleans-bred musician and bandleader’s musical contributions to the evening, Sesame Street crafted a custom Trombone Shorty muppet. You can check out Trombone Shorty’s Twitter post about his muppet doppelgänger below, plus check out more pictures of Trombone Shorty, Katie Couric, and other muppets at the gala here. The Trombone Shorty muppet is the second TV-stylized version of the Orleans Avenue bandleader we’ve seen this year. In March, a cartoon version of him appeared on The Simpsons during a special episode about New Orleans.