Hailing from Portland, Oregon, Pigs on the Wing is a unique Pink Floyd tribute bringing the experience and energy of veteran members of the Northwest's underground original rock scene together in a refreshing, beautifully psychedelic take on the music of Pink Floyd.
Far from an attempt at Floyd-impersonation, POTW specializes in 70's era Floyd but is unapologetic in the interpretation and improvisation of the music in ways that the band believes any Pink Floyd fan will appreciate. Rather than obsessing over exact, note for note replication of Floyd albums or any sort of look-alike mimicry of band members, POTW rather seeks to capture the intense atmosphere and rock energy of Pink Floyd in as unpretentious a style as possible. The result is a show which is true to the original and yet also a refreshing take on the music and experience of Pink Floyd. The band features a collaborative and rotating roster composed of members of Oxcart and other NW musicians brought together by a common appreciation for Pink Floyd.
The current lineup includes: Jason Baker (guitar, vocals); Matt Jones (keys, vocals); Eric Welder (bass); Alex Feletar (drums); David Lindenbaum (guitar, vocals); and Keeley St. Clair (backing vocals)..
Jason Baker - Vocals, Guitar
David Lindenbaum - Vocals, Guitar
Matt Jones - Vocals, keyboards, samples
Eric Welder - Bass
Keeley St Clair - Vocals
Pete Galluzzo - Sax
Bryan Kopra - Drums
DVD 2006 : live performance of Dark Side of the Moon, Portland, OR.
Echoes from the Dark Side
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"...once you’ve slaved over the Floyd and poured it masterfully from a stage, it’s in your blood — a..."...once you’ve slaved over the Floyd and poured it masterfully from a stage, it’s in your blood — and your repertoire — forever...it’s no stretch whatsoever to imagine that this lineup... would feel right at home in the Pink Floyd catalog, with an emphasis on the group’s monumental ’70s output..."
Pigs on the Wing: Aug 4th @ the Bouquet
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The words "tribute" and "cover" strike fear and loathing into the hearts of musicians everywhere. Bu...The words "tribute" and "cover" strike fear and loathing into the hearts of musicians everywhere. But what if a band discovers that the one or two covers they perform of the Rolling Stones, or the Beatles or, in the case of Pigs on the Wing, Pink Floyd, cause a little excitement and garner them some positive feedback from fans? Is it really so wrong of them to parlay that into a full show? The members of the Portland-based band, Oxcart don't think so.
I asked guitarist/vocalist Jason Baker why Oxcart would choose to do Pink Floyd covers instead of original tunes. "Well, not instead exactly," he said. "We're doing both now, but the Floyd thing ... it's a lot of work to learn the material, we've added a couple of members, so that's mostly what we're doing now. But Oxcart is still around. We play shows here and there. Sometimes we even open for ourselves. It's cool," he said. In response to my outburst of laughter, he added, "Weird, but cool. The Floyd thing has been a lot of fun and we've seen a larger audience draw than with the original stuff. Plus, it's good exposure for Oxcart. We started with Dark Side of the Moon. We did that as Oxcart thinking it would be a one-time thing. We do a lot of The Wall, some from Animals, some from Wish You Were Here, some really early Floyd," Baker said. "We can do a couple of long sets. We were up in Moscow recently at John's Alley and did a couple of long sets there. This time in Boise, we'll be sharing the bill with Farmdog, so we'll probably just do one long set."
Are their Portland fans responding well to the change? "We don't want to burn it out by playing [as Pigs on the Wing] over and over in Portland or in any one place. We're still trying to get into bigger markets, but in Portland, it's gone really, really well ... everywhere we've played, it's gone over well. We've gone from being one of literally thousands of rock bands in Portland to something people are interested in."
August 4, with Farmdog performing a Grateful Dead tribute set, 8 p.m., $5. The Bouquet, 1010 W. Main St., 208-345-6605.
Grateful - Floyd
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• GRATEFUL FLOYD: Unless musicians playing Pink Floyd covers know exactly what they're doing, it's e...• GRATEFUL FLOYD: Unless musicians playing Pink Floyd covers know exactly what they're doing, it's easy for listeners to go from comfortably numb to uncomfortably bummed.
"Don't I know it, man," laughs Jason Baker, guitarist-vocalist for Portland band Pigs on the Wing.
His tribute act — which grew out of an all-Floyd concert by Baker's space-rock band, Oxcart — will perform Saturday, Aug. 4, at The Bouquet (9 p.m., $6 ). It's part of a "Grateful-Floyd" show. Boise band Farmdog will rock nothing but Grateful Dead tunes to open. Pigs on the Wing will perform afterward.
Now, normally, I hate tribute bands …
"You're a rock critic!" Baker responds. "But the thing is, I pretty much share (that feeling) with you. It's funny to me to even be talking to you about a tribute band. Except here we are. And I'm really enjoying it."
After seeing a DVD of Pigs on the Wing, I think most Pink Floyd fans would enjoy it, too. The group plays the music note for note sometimes. Other times, they take it for a ride. (Watch a clip at myspace.com/pigwingmusic.)
"I don't take it too seriously," Baker says. "It's a good rock show, you know? I really think it is. I would appreciate seeing it, and almost everyone who has come out has had good things to say."
- Michael Deeds / Idaho Statesman
Fez Ballroom 9/22/07: Portland
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Pigs on the Wing: A high-energy Portland-based Pink Floyd tribute band, whose goal is simply to shar...Pigs on the Wing: A high-energy Portland-based Pink Floyd tribute band, whose goal is simply to share the experience of their favorite music with fellow fans in an intimate rock show environment. 9 p.m. Sat, Fez Ballroom, 316 S.W. 11th. Ave.; $7; www.brownpapertickets.com.
Pigs on the Wing's repertoire for the 2008 season is expanding and currently includes all of the following:
Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun
Echoes (all parts)
Speak to Me /Breathe
On the Run
The Great Gig in the Sky
Us and Them
Any Colour You Like
Shine on You Crazy Diamond ( p1 -9)
Wish You Were Here
Have A Cigar
Pigs on the Wing (p1-2)
Pigs (three different ones)
In the Flesh ?
The Thin Ice
Another Brick in the Wall ( p1-3)
Run Like Hell
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There are no upcoming dates at this time.
|Jun 22, 2012 Friday||8:00 PM||Calapooia Brewing Company||Albany, OR, US|
|May 19, 2012 Saturday||8:00 PM||Johns Alley||Moscow, ID, US|
|May 18, 2012 Friday||8:00 PM||Waucoma Club||Hood River, OR, US|
|Jan 28, 2012 Saturday||8:00 PM||Cozmic Pizza||Eugene, OR, US|