Homecoming: Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad returns to their Ithaca roots at the Haunt

February 19, 2014 by Karla Lopez

Tired of these snowy, negative temperature days? Then get to The Haunt this Thursday for a live performance from Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad! Hailing from Rochester, the group is excited to bring their new psychedelic roots back to their old roots right here in Ithaca.

Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad playing at the 2013 GrassRoots Festival. 14850 Photo.Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad playing at the 2013 GrassRoots Festival. 14850 Photo."Ithaca is a mystical town that we have constantly returned to for inspiration," says vocalist and bassist James Searl. "The band's first shows ever were in a house on Hudson Street and then at Castaways."

Though Castaways has been gone for a while now, Giant Panda just got back from a tour around the west coast and are working on a new studio album to be released this summer. Their last album, "In These Times," was listed on the iTunes Best of 2012 list, so you know this next one will be good.

Opening the show will be Beat The Grid, a band formed in 2009 by Ithaca College freshmen and expanded a year later. BTG just released a music video for their first single, "Blues," shot at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. Vocalist Hayden Eager tells us, "Our director and great friend Travis Libin (another IC alum and Brooklyn native) has seen us from the beginning and understands our energies." 

"We have new songs from the last few weeks to debut -- one on a journey into a cave, another touches on psyche and architecture, villains and vantage points," Eager says. Doors open at 8 with $18 tickets at the door and $15 in advance.

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