On Thursday night Perpetual Groove brought their blend of funky, jammed-out arena rock back to the Lincoln Theatre for the first time since early 2013. After a two year hiatus between April of 2013 and May of 2015, Perpetual Groove is back in full force. The band reunited on May 28 for pair of shows at the famed Georgia Theatre in Athens, and has played over 35 shows since. With 22 shows left on their 2016 Fall Tour leading up to a 3-night New Years run at Terminal West, Atlanta, the band is showing no signs of slowing down.
Local Raleigh favorites Urban Soil got the party started with their self-described sweet Americana Jam music and the crowd was picking up what they were putting down. They had a solid turnout for their opening slot at 9 p.m. and had the crowd jumping up and down by the end of their set. These Raleigh locals have been making a lot of noise this summer with thoughtful lyrics and fluid grooves.
By the time Perpetual Groove came on, the crowd was teeming with excitement. It was the first time many Raleigh fans had seen the band since before the hiatus. The band delivered an unforgettable show, never missing a beat, and building up songs to beautiful peaks with soaring guitar solos from frontman Brock Butler. The band opened up with “Save for One” from their 2007 album LiveLoveDie, to the intense delight of the crowd. They kept the energy high throughout the show playing a solid 2.5 hours, only breaking for the encore. The highlight of the set was when the band segued seamlessly from “All This Everything” into “Sun Dog” into “Pepper” (a well known and loved Butthole Surfers cover), back into Sun Dog. The quartet also delivered a masterfully crafted cover of “God’s Gonna Cut You Down” by Johnny Cash. The night came to a close with the encore “Walkin in Place” from their 2003 album Sweet Oblivious Antidote.
Setlist: Save for One, 53 More Things to do in Zero Gravity, Stealy Man, All this Everything pt.1 > Sun Dog > Pepper > Sun Dog, Best of Anything, Holy Ship, God’s Gonna Cut You Down, Lemurs, Aim, Dionysius
Encore: Walkin’ in Place
Written and photographed by Luke Wyatt