10,000 Maniacs will perform at The Warehouse

One of pop music’s most critically acclaimed bands, 10,000 Maniacs, will perform at The Warehouse at the Fairfield Theatre Company on Friday, Jan. 15, at 8 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $35-$65 (members save $5). The venue is located at 70 Sanford Street, Fairfield. For more information call 203-259-1036 or visit fairfieldtheatre.org/.

For over 30 years, 10,000 Maniacs has won the hearts and ears of music fans around the world selling over 10 million records. The group was founded in the fall of 1981 in Jamestown, NY. Together with artists like R.E.M. they helped define “college rock” and the first wave of “alternative rock” bands with their pop-conscious, literate and lush aesthetic.

The band’s most recent recording, Twice Told Tales, is a full-length collection of traditional British Isles folk songs; it was released on both CD as well as a special 180-gram 12” vinyl format on Cleopatra Records in April 2015.  It showcases the music that inspired the band over 34 years ago and became an essential component of what has become that very recognizable 10,000 Maniacs sound.  Led by Mary Ramsey’s graceful vocal style and her soaring interplay on viola with guitarist Jeff Erickson and anchored by the powerful rhythm section of Jerome Augustyniak, Dennis Drew and Steven Gustafson, Twice Told Tales is reminiscent of legendary 70’s folk rock pioneers Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span.  It runs the gamut of British Isle folk styles from instrumental fiddle tunes to lush ballads and hard driving electric guitar anthems.  Elmore Magazine said, “The performances are so unfailingly lovely that it’s all but impossible not to get swept up…by any measure Twice Told Tales qualifies as a Maniacs’ masterpiece” while The Buffalo News raved “Twice Told Tales is an album dedicated to the interpretation of traditional British Folk Songs, all of them granted the immaculate jangle and gorgeous vocal/musical arrangements that have informed every Maniacs effort for the last 30 years”

10,000 Maniacs first gained widespread recognition with 1987’s In My Tribe (Elektra) featuring the hit singles “Hey Jack Kerouac,” “Like The Weather,””Don’t Talk” and “What’s The Matter Here?” It went to #37 on the Billboard Magazine Top 200 chart and sold over 2 million copies.Rolling Stone Magazine included it in their “One Hundred Best Albums of the Eighties.”  The band sold 3 million copies in 1992 with the landmarkOur Time In Eden (Elektra), bolstered by alt-rock radio mainstays “These Are Days” and “Candy Everybody Wants.”

10,000 Maniacs added backing singer/violist Mary Ramsey in 1991.  She performed on the band’s biggest selling record, 1993’s MTV Unplugged(Elektra), which featured the remake of the classic, “Because the Night,” and sold over 4 million copies.

Merchant left the band in 1993 with Ramsey assuming the lead vocalist position. The transition was seamless, with PopCultureBeast saying, “…there is such happiness in Mary Ramsey’s vocals.”  In fact, the band’s top charting single on Billboard was the band’s cover of the Roxy Music song “More Than This” featuring Ramsey on lead vocals from their 1997 album Love Among The Ruins (Geffen).  

In 2004, Elektra/Asylum/Rhino Records released Campfire Songs: The Popular, Obscure and Unknown Recordings, a two CD set compilation featuring a broad array of their groundbreaking music including several unreleased tracks. In 2013, 10,000 Maniacs released Music From The Motion Picture, their first full-length album in 13 years.  The album was completely crowd funded and produced independently by the group themselves. It was hailed as a beautiful affirmation of the band’s classic poetic lyrics and dreamy Americana blend.

The band continues to tour the U.S. and has made many new fans in Mexico, Germany, Japan, Portugal and Brazil with their Pledgemusic campaigns.  Their Pledgemusic campaign has also raised money for Children’s Hospital of Buffalo and The Robert Buck Memorial Scholarship fund in honor of the late guitarist who passed away in 2000.

Band:

Mary Ramsey- Lead Vocals, Viola

Jerome Augustyniak-Drums

Dennis Drew-Keyboard, Vocals

Jeff Erickson- Guitar, Vocals

Steven Gustafson- Bass Guitar

John Lombardo-Guitar

Visit 10,000 Maniacs online at http://www.maniacs.com

10,000 Maniacs — Photo by David Saxton.

10,000 Maniacs — Photo by David Saxton.

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