Achieving success in the music business often requires adaptability, and a willingness to embrace change. Sometimes this means working outside your musical comfort zone, or challenging your fans to follow you down a new path. For roots music veterans Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad change is a way of life. Though best-known for their rhythmic, roots-based approach to reggae music, the band have never been shy about trying on a new sound. They employed this kind of musical risk-taking in 2012 with the release of their first non-reggae album, the aptly-titled Country. Fans reacted with enthusiasm and the band deftly incorporated the new acoustic-minded tunes into their live show.
Three years, and two reggae albums later, the band return with a country-inspired follow-up album titled Bright Days. Here’s a lyric video for the title track.
Ever the road warriors, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad are bringing the irie vibes to towns all over the country this spring and summer, including stops at a bunch of great festivals like this weekend’s California Roots Music & Arts Festival in Monterey, CA.
May 24: Novato, CA – HopMonk Tavern
May 25: Oakland, CA – Leo’s
May 27: Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
May 28: Hermosa Beach, CA – Saint Rocke
May 30: Ventura, CA – Discovery Ventura
May 31: Solana Beach, CA – Fiesta del Sol (Free)
Jul 11: San Bernardino, CA – Chalice Festival
Jul 16: Trumansburg, NY – GrassRoots Festival
Jul 31: Berryville, VA – Pasture Palooza
Aug 1: Amagansett, NY – The Stephen Talkhouse
Aug 7: Steamboat Springs, CO – Schmiggity’s
Aug 8: Loveland, CO – Arise Music Festival
Aug 13: Rochester, NY – Party In The Park
Aug 21: Franklin, OH – Ohmstead Music Festival
Aug 22: Bartow, WV – Camp Barefoot
Aug 29: Naples, NY – Purple Pig Music Festival
Sep 19: Sterling, NY – Sterling Stage Last Daze Of Summer
Sep 20: Greenfield, MA – Wormtown Music Festival