’00s jam favorites RAQ have only played a handful of shows since they stopped touring in 2008, the latest of which took place in 2011. Guitarist Chris Michetti, bassist Jay Burwick,
drummer Greg Stukey [Adrian Tramontano of Kung Fu/Breakfast will play drums at AURA for RAQ – Hat Tip Buquebus] and keyboardist Todd Stoops will make their return in just a few short weeks, when they take the Ampitheater stage at the AURA Music Festival on Friday, February 15th at 5:30PM.
We had RAQ on the brain, so we headed over to YouTube where we came across a playlist featuring 18 videos from the quartet’s November 14th, 2006 performance at the Georgia Theatre in Athens, Georgia. RAQ mixed their Zappa-inspired originals with a batch of covers that include takes on the James Gang, the Allman Brothers Band and Living Colour before the night was through. The final clip contains a stellar version of the RAQ epic Carbohydrates Are The Enemy that’s infused with a bit of Dixie.
Set One: Funk 49*, Mollie’s Cule, The Down Low, Nasty, Late Night -> Guilty Pleasures, 15 Shakes, Cult Of Personality^ -> Late Night
Set Two: City Funk, Brother From Another Mother -> Reason, Clamslide, Brother From Another Mother, Back To The Head, Whipping Post%
Encore: Carbohydrates Are The Enemy
%Allman Brothers Band
[Setlist via Hyperfunkalicious]
For those hoping the reunion will extend beyond AURA, a recent Facebook update from the band says they will have “some real special news” to announce on the 15th.