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National Act – Little Feat

June 18 @ 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Little Feat is an American rock band formed by lead vocalist and guitarist Lowell George, keyboardist Bill Payne, drummer Richie Hayward and bassist Roy Estrada in 1969 in Los Angeles. The band’s classic line-up, in place by late 1972, comprised George, Payne, Hayward, bassist Kenny Gradney, guitarist and vocalist Paul Barrere and percussionist Sam Clayton. George disbanded the group because of creative differences shortly before his death in 1979. Surviving members re-formed Little Feat in 1987 and the band has remained active to the present.

According to Roots Music Magazine, “What most people remark on when it comes to Little Feat is their refusal to adhere to one genre. While rock ‘n’ roll might work as an umbrella term, Little Feat’s sound stretched much deeper and wider.” The band’s sound in their early albums was rooted in country rock, but they would expand their style “to incorporate the sounds of Laurel Canyon, California and the traditional blues feel of the deep south.” According to Rolling Stone, “Little Feat were the archetypal cult band: inspired, turbulent, smart, experimental, deserving – and accident-prone. Their modest ambition was to warp and syncopate mere reality, using stop-start rhythms and slapstick-surreal lyrics. Out of an internal chemistry that led to almost as many breakups as albums, the group invented a zany South-West synthesis, via New Orleans, Memphis, Macon, Houston, Nashville, Tijuana and their native Los Angeles.” The band experimented with jam band styles, incorporating influences from soul, folk music and other genres. By the late 1970s, Rolling Stone said that “Keyboardist Bill Payne and guitarist Paul Barrère were writing tunes that tipped the group toward a less distinctive jazz-rock fusion (closer to its prime emulators, the Doobie Brothers)”. Americana UK said that Little Feat was “one of the great melting pots of southern music, drawing heavily on country, folk, blues, soul, swamp pop and R&B to create their signature sound”, they classified as swamp rock. Jackson Hole Community Radio called Little Feat “one of the most successful and adored Southern rock bands”.


June 18
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM


PNC Pavilion at Riverbend
6295 Kellogg Ave.
Cincinnati, 45230
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