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Big Eyed Phish
September 29 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Big Eyed Phish,
Friday September 29th. Doors at 7pm, show at 8pm
Big Eyed Phish is a Dave Matthews Tribute band formed in 2007 by Brandon Depaul. The band came about as a result of Brandon’s love of Dave Matthews and the falling apart of his previous Dave Matthews tribute band, The Tripping Billies. With the Billies, Brandon toured the country for several years and played at venues in cities such as Las Vegas, San Diego, Miami, Washington DC, New York City, Boston, and many more. Brandon’s band was even mentioned in the book published by the Dave Matthews Band themselves.
Brandon spent many weeks searching for a good set of musicians to backup his guitar playing and vocals. The band finally came to be with Dan Merkey on saxophone, Chris Brodhecker on bass, Mike Hoeschele on violin, Brian Dudiak on keyboards, Karl Thomas on drums, and Peter Sapia on lead guitar. This rounded out the bands desired sound and filled in some gaps that seemed to be missing in the songs. These 7 members have since become what are known as the band Big Eyed Phish, which has taken the North East by storm. In less than 6 months the band went from playing small local bars for a few people to headlining festivals to an audience of thousands.
What sets Big Eyed Phish apart from other Dave Matthews tribute bands is not only the great version selection of live Dave Matthews songs, but they also put on a live show that is as close to a live Dave Matthews performance as you can get without actually seeing the band themselves. From the “dave dance” that Dave Matthews is known for, to the wailing saxophone solos, to their very own “butch taylor” on keys, and a drummer that is as close to the style of Carter Beuford as you can get, Big Eyed Phish brings it all to every show they do. The energy of a live band combined with their musical talents allows Big Eyed Phish to draw crowds by the thousands and continue to impress new fans, both young and old, with each performance.