Hailing from the same state as Phish and Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Twiddle further established Vermont as the natural home of the free-flowing jam band. Blending rock, jazz, bluegrass, reggae and funk into one groove-laden melting pot, the quartet have gradually built up a devoted cult following since their formation and are widely regarded as one of the genre's must-see live acts.
These festival favourites will spend the summer wowing the crowds at Tennessee's Bonnaroo, Stephentown's Disc Jam at Gardner's Farm, Summit Point's All Good and Timber Ridge's The Frendly Gathering, with the group serving as the house band at The Frendly Gathering for the third year running. Fans can also get their hands on Twiddle tickets for headlining shows at Utica's Saranic Brewery and Morrison's Red Rocks Amphitheater as well as hometown dates at Burlington's Waterfront Park and Higher Ground.
Frontman Mihali Savoulidis and bassist Zdenek Gubb also have a Tuesday night residency at Burlington venue Nectar's under the guise of side project Gubbulidis. In 2014, they performed Nirvana's Unplugged album in its entirety as a tribute to one of their favourite bands. Twiddle funded their double-disc fourth LP, Plump, through Kickstarter in 2015, with fans taking less than a month to pledge the required $20,000 amount.
Twiddle formed in 2004 when lead vocalist and guitarist Savoulidis teamed up with fellow Castleton State University students Ryan Dempsey (keyboards), Billy Comstock (bass) and Brook Jordan (drums). Inspired by the likes of Les Claypool, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, The Bad Plus, Bob Marley, Sublime, The String Cheese Incident and Dave Matthews Band, as well as fellow Vermont natives Phish, the group combined their studies with touring Northeast America and quickly developed a reputation as one of the area's best jam bands.
The group first introduced their virtuoso musicianship, imaginative lyrical themes and immaculate songwriting to a wider audience with their 2007 debut album, The Natural Evolution of Consciousness. This critically-acclaimed affair allowed Savoulidis and co. to move further up the festival bills and saw them extend their loyal army of fans known as Twidiots, subsequently increasing sales of Twiddle tickets across their homeland and beyond.
Adopting a more introspective approach, the 2011 second LP, "Somewhere on the Mountain", found the band delving deeper into their ideas of the human spirit. The first record to feature new bassist Gubb, who had replaced founding member Comstock several years earlier, was then followed by 2013's Live at Nectar's, a double album recorded in their hometown. This perfectly captured the band in their element.
Renowned for their acrobatic guitar work, funky basslines and rotating rhythms, Twiddle are one of the most accomplished live acts on the jam band scene. However, the four-piece's high energy shows are just as unpredictable as they are awe-inspiring. Alongside shifts in time, tempos, and moods, the group's improvisational sets also see members swapping instruments, serving up extended takes of favourites such as "Beethoven & Green" and "Jamflowman", and covering unexpected songs such as Celine Dion's Titanic theme "My Heart Will Go On", Ritchie Valens' "La Bamba" and The Jackson 5's "I Want You Back". And these are just some of the pop classics given the Twiddle treatment. Fans with Twiddle tickets should look forward to a unique live experience they will likely never forget.
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