Out of Burlington, North Carolina, Big Something has become a household name in the Southeast over the past few years, and is quickly gaining recognition among the national festival circuit. Fresh off of multiple performances at Jam Cruise, the band will be playing at Sweetwater 420 Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, FloydFest, Mountain Music Festival, The Ride Festival and The Mad Tea Party Jam this summer. This is all in addition to their own festival, the 6th Annual BIG What?, set to take place August 17-19 in Pittsboro, North Carolina.
While gaining momentum at every stop on their winter tour, Big Something returned to Boone, North Carolina, a place that has always treated them well in the past, for one rowdy Saturday night performance at The Local. The dance floor was already packed as the band opened with “Blue Dream,” a song that builds upon itself into a multi-layered progressive jam, making for an exciting intro to any set. After a quick break to check sound, the full show was under way with an explosive cover of the Lettuce anthem “Blast Off,” encouraging the crowd to get down from the get go. The playing was tight throughout the show, as the band displayed an increased mastery of engagement with the locked-in crowd at The Local. The rest of the first set saw a punchy version of “Megalodon,” a crowd-pleasing cover of “Another Brick in the Wall” by Pink Floyd, and a closing combo of “Passenger,” and “The Flood,” off of their latest album Tumbleweed.
The energy in The Local was electric as Big Something took the stage for their second set, which consisted of some of their cherished older material. “Pnuts Song” started things off, culminating in a silky-smooth saxophone jam by Casey Cranford. “Amanda Lynn” was an appropriate selection from their debut album Stories from the Middle of Nowhere, as the repeated lyric “got to stumble home,” comically resonated with a room full of people that had come to party. With a cover of Nine Inch Nails’ “Closer,” and a couple more songs off of the debut album, including “Saturday Night Zombies” and “Pinky’s Ride,” Big Something was already coming out for an epic encore of Tumbleweed,” the title track to their new album.
Big Something will continue to turn heads as they make their way around the country, including a string of dates supporting Umphrey’s McGee in April.
Set 1: Blue Dream, Blast Off (Lettuce), Megalodon (Big End) > UFOs are Real, Capt D > Another Brick in the Wall (Pink Floyd), Passenger, The Flood
Set 2: Pnuts Song, Amanda Lynn, Song for Us, My Volcano, Closer (Nine Inch Nails), Love Generator, Saturday Night Zombie > Frankenstein (Edgar Winter) > Pinky’s Ride