CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine ??вЂќ After 20 years together, Big Head Todd and the Monsters have crafted an on-stage show that has blown away audiences across the country. Sugarloafers should expect no less when the band takes over the King Pine room in the Base Lodge on Jan. 28, 2005 as part of Sugarloaf/USA’s Bud Light Concert Series.
They will be joined by Assembly of Dust who will take the stage first in what will be a show with two headliner-caliber performers.
Big Head Todd lead singer, songwriter and guitarist Todd Park Mohr, drummer Brian Nevin and bassist Rob Squires met as teenagers in Colorado in the early 1980s. Having already played together off and on for a few years, they formed Big Head Todd and the Monsters in 1986 while students at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Earlier gigs featured covers of Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash, The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan among others, but at the same time Mohr was developing his skill as a songwriter.
Music critics have praised Big Head Todd and the Monsters since the release of their first album “Another Mayberry” in 1988. Rolling Stones featured the band as part of the “New Faces” in March 1991. The release of the 1993 CD “Sisterly Sweet,” which generated the hit singles “Broken Hearted Savior” and “Bittersweet,” brought commercial success for Big Head Todd.
The band found its own distinctive rock sound while still paying homage to influences such as bluesman John Lee Hooker. Its version of Hooker’s “Boom Boom” appeared in the Adam Sandler movie “Waterboy” and on the band’s 1997 album “Beautiful World” and 1998 live album ??вЂњ a fan favorite.
The Assembly of Dust formed in 2002, a year after Reid Genauer left the Vermont-based Strangefolk, a band that he co-founded some 10 years earlier while pursuing an environmental science degree at the University of Vermont.
The music Genauer makes with Assembly of Dust could be labeled “hick funk,” and has been compared to the likes of Paul Simon, CSNY, and The Band. Drummer Andy Herrick and bassist/backing vocalist John Leccese lend the band a funky, almost Motown vibe, while Wilson’s rolling keys drop in jazz references. Guitarist/backing vocalist Adam Terrell, meanwhile, is the musical glue that holds it all together. “He and I have very similar musical influences,” but he is also well versed in jazz. So he’s able to weave the country and the jazz and the Motown groove into one seamless landscape. Wilson,” he adds, “is the watchdog of sorts, making sure that the songs are cohesive.”
The Sugarloaf concert is open to those 21 and older. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling 1-800-THE LOAF or 207-237-6939. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the concert begins at 8 p.m. Proper ID is required.
Ski and Stay packages are available for the weekend and start at just $119 per person per night and include lodging, lift tickets, adult Perfect Turn clinics and access to the Sports and Fitness Center. Visit www.sugarloaf.com or call 1.800 THE LOAF for reservations.