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Little Feat is coming to Waterville, and we're opening a new venue!

Waterville Opera House
1 Common Street, Waterville, ME  04901
Box Office: 207 873-7000

January 6th, 2011 @ 8:30pm

Tickets $32.50 adv, $35 dos, All Ages, General Admission

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Southern-fried band Little Feat blend blues, R&B, country, and rock & roll into a uniquely unconventional sound that has made them favorites since the 1960s.

Little Feat is very possibly the last-man -standing example of what used to be the norm in American music, a fusion of a broad span of styles and genres into something utterly distinctive. Feat took California rock, funk, folk, jazz, country, rockabilly, and New Orleans swamp boogie and more, stirred it into a rich gumbo, and has been leading people in joyful dance ever since. Join the Band sums up that story, and it's a complex and interesting one.

And it all began because in 1969 Frank Zappa was smart enough to fire Lowell George from the Mothers of Invention and tell him to start a band of his own. Paul Barrere, Feat's guitarist, wrote recently, "It's almost 33 years ago exactly since Mr. [Lowell] George came to the front door of the Laurel Canyon house I was livin' in, with that beautiful white "p" bass in hand, and asked if I wanted to try out as bass player for his new band. As most who know the story's end can tell you, as a bassist I make an excellent guitarist..."

Little Feat's rich legacy was acknowledged at the 25th anniversary of the monumental live album Waiting for Columbus when Rhino Records put out a special two CD edition of the original concert, plus outtakes, along with Hotcakes and Outtakes: 30 Years of Little Feat, a four-CD, 83 track boxed set featuring hits from all of Feat's albums as well as alternate takes and rarities from a rich past, which has included playing with everybody from Bob Dylan to Beck, Willie Nelson to Bonnie Raitt, Robert Plant, John Lee Hooker, name it. And now there's Join the Band, in many ways a summing up of all that's preceded it. Bill Payne said it was about locating their influences. In some ways, it documents the way they've influenced the musicians who listen to them. And it certainly documents a musical career.

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