Alternative, Rock | Friday, May 20, 2016 | 8:00 PM | $36-50
One of the most critically acclaimed bands of the last three decades, 10,000 Maniacs were founded by Robert Buck, Dennis Drew, Steven Gustafson, John Lombardo and Natalie Merchant in the fall of 1981. Jerry Augustyniak joined in 1983. Together with artists like R.E.M. they defined college rock and created the first wave of alternative rock bands and what became known as the alternative rock format on FM radio.
Writing and performing powerful, danceable and socially conscious original material in and around their hometown of Jamestown, New York the group toured extensively and produced two independently released records in 1982 and 1983. By producing, manufacturing and marketing their own recordings, 10,000 Maniacs were one of the original “indie” bands before signing with Elektra Records.
After several decades of releasing albums that topped the Billboard charts, playing at Bill Clinton’s inauguration, touring the world, and making appearances on The Tonight Show, Late Night with David Letterman and Saturday Night Live, the band recently released a new album, Twice Told Tales, a collection of traditional folk songs from the British Isles which had its early release in early 2015.
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