Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Reptar Is Bringing Their Energy to The Independent

     This a third posted response to Darlene’s request for recommendations of upcoming concert opportunities in the San Francisco area.
     Over the last three years, there have been many good reasons for going to the concerts we have attended. The most common reason is the obvious one – we enjoy the collection of songs by a particular band. Other solid reasons include:
   1. A family member wanted to see a performer (Sam Smith);
   2. Historical significance (Paul McCartney);
   3. Concert withdrawal (The Donkeys);
   4. Strong grouping of bands at a single concert (all festivals); and
   5. The band is electric in a live performance (Reptar in 2012).

     Well, Reptar is returning to The Independent. (Hey Reptar, here comes a “left handed complement!") For us, there isn’t a particular Reptar song that stands out. Their genre isn’t one that normally attracts us. The vocals and the instruments are good, but not anything exception. But we will be at The Independent on April 24 because concerts should be entertaining, and a live performance by Reptar is entertaining. Two years and many performances later, we still refer to Reptar’s visit to The Independent as having set the bar for measuring the energy level of bands (yes, they are an energy bar).  
     Reptar is from Athens, Georgia. The band is named after a dinosaur-like character in the Rugrats cartoons. They just released their sophomore album, “Lurid Glow.” The core members are Graham Ulicny (vocals, guitar), Ryan Engelberger (bass), William Kennedy (Keyboards), Andrew McFarland (drums) and Jace Bartet (guitar), but often perform with Walter "BadDog" Fancourt (sax) and Sean Smith (trumpet).

      “Ice Black Sand” by Reptar

Reptar Tour Dates:
April 1 – Raleigh, NC @ King’s Barcade
April 2 – Washington, D.C. @ U Street Music Hall
April 3 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
April 4 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott
April 7 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
April 8 – Indianapolis, IN @ Hi-Fi (Presented by Joyful Noise)
April 9 – Chicago, IL @ Abbey Pub
April 10 – Madison, WI @ The Frequency
April 11 – Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club
April 12 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
April 14 – Omaha, NE @ Slow Down
April 16 – Lawrence, KS @ Bottleneck
April 17 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
April 18 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
April 19 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux
April 21 – Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
April 22 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
April 24 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
April 25 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theatre
April 26 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
April 27 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
April 29 – Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
April 30 – El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace
May 1 – Dallas, TX @ Sons of Hermann Hall
May 2 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Jr.
May 3 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Downstairs
May 9 – Tampa, FL @ Big Guava Music Festival
May 14 – Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight
May 15 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
May 16 – Nashville, TN @ The High Watt
June 4 – Ozark, AR @ Wakarusa 2015

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