It was clear to see by the flow of traffic going into Hartwood Acres Sunday night that the word is out as a crowd of several thousand filled the hillside in front of the stage. Many of the younger fans responded when asked by lead singer
Before the tour, drummer
"We're all grateful for everything that has come our way," he said, "We try to take everything in stride and that stick-to-itiveness has always been at the core of how we function."
Although they pride themselves on planting their roots as a dive bar band, they're rapidly gaining recognition for some of their more high profile gigs. After gaining attention through a YouTube video covering the Jackson Five song "I want you back," which now has more than 2 million views, the band found themselves in the national spotlight. In promoting the release of "Bad Self Portaits," the group has made several TV appearances, including The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Colbert Report and The Late Show with
Another highlight moment came with an invitation to play part of a concert inspired by the
While rubbing elbows with celebrity performers has helped gain notoriety for the group, releasing their album has been one of the most exciting milestones, said Calabrese.
"After getting attention from doing bigger and bigger shows it felt like we were finally ready to have an album out that was representative of what we were playing live," he said.
Since its release in early 2014, "Bad Self Portraits" has reached number 18 on the Billboard 200 chart and has landed the band back on a summer tour, playing big name festivals like Bonaroo,
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