Newton, MA - Way Up South, a local Massachusetts band out of Northborough, is slated to play a benefit concert for the Pan Mass Challenge at Union Street in Newton Center, MA on Friday, July 24th. This Southern Style Jam Band features AJ Valle on Drums, John Brigham on Bass/Vocals, Bubba Maider on Piano/Vocals, Dave Osoff on Organ, Charley Carrozo on Guitar/Vocals and Paul Ferguson on Lead Guitar/Vocals.
To call Way Up South a "Southern Rock" band, pigeon holes them into a style and genre of music that falls short of the mark and to add the other moniker "Jam Band" suggests a heavy emphasis on guitar "noodling" and free-form musicianship. The reality is that Way Up South is a lot a bit of both and so much more. Their music goes in directions and to places that have earned them the right to call their music "Big Sky" sound, incorporating a maturity and musicianship that weaves in and out of southern, blues, country, jazz, and Americana rock songs with precision and finesse and still retains the loose spacey qualities that are the hallmark of jam music.
Way Up South plays original music and your favorite covers from The Allman Brothers, John Hiatt, Delbert McClinton, Little Feat and many more, while weaving in jams to make their music peak with high energy and unique danceable tunes Check out this review for a recent show at the Riverwalk Café and Music Bar in Nashua, NH, and another at Electric Haze in Worcester, MA.
The 2015 Pan Mass Challenge is being held the weekend of August 1st and 2nd. The Pan Mass Challenge raises money for life-saving cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through an annual bike-a-thon that crosses the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Since its founding in 1980, the PMC has successfully melded support from committed cyclists, volunteers, corporate sponsors and individual contributors. All are essential to the PMC's goal and model: to attain maximum fundraising efficiency while increasing its annual gift. Our hope and aspiration is to provide Dana-Farber's doctors and researchers with the necessary resources to discover cures for all cancers. . Follow this link for more information on how to register or volunteer for this year's event.