CARRABASSETT VALLEY – The Machine, known as “America’s premier Pink Floyd experience” will headline Sugarloaf’s first Bud Light Concert Series event of the season Saturday, Jan. 10.

A New York-based band, The Machine is known for recreating Pink Floyd songs and performances with extraordinary accuracy. The band performs a diverse mix of Pink Floyd’s extensive 16-album repertoire, including well-known hits and obscure live cuts.

The Machine explores collective improvisation paralleling and even rivaling that of an early 1970s Pink Floyd mentality. The band’s use of expanded theatrical elements and elaborate stage displays continues in the spirit of the later Floyd lineups of the 1980s. The band is also known for recreating entire albums as a part of its show, for accepting requests from fans and for taking an A-to-Z approach in which one song is played for every letter of the alphabet. Additionally, the quartet has shared the stage with full symphony orchestras, enhancing and expanding the sonic depth of Pink Floyd.

Band members include founders Todd Cohen, drums, and Joe Pascarell, guitar and vocals; as well as Ryan Ball, bass and vocals; and Scott Chasolen, keys and vocals.

The Machine has performed before audiences around the world and at renowned music festivals, including Bonnaroo, Riverbend and Germany’s Rock of Ages. According to Matt Diehl of Rolling Stone Magazine, “The Machine duplicates the sound and hits of Pink Floyd with chilling accuracy.”

In 2004, “Two Nights at the Keswick” was released as a DVD/CD, archiving the band’s bi-annual residency at the historic Philadelphia venue. Its next release, “Unplugged” (2006) captures an acoustic performance at B.B. King’s in New York City featuring rare Syd Barrett solo material and deep cuts from early Floyd albums. “Live In Amsterdam,” a new concert DVD filmed at the Pepsi Stage, was released in August 2008.

Sugarloaf’s Bud Light Concert Series for this year includes performances by The Derek Trucks Band, Feb. 7; and Soulive and Lettuce, Feb. 14; among others.

The show by The Machine is a 21-plus show; proper identification is required at the door. Tickets, $15 for general admission, are available now at Sugarloaf guest services or by calling 1-800-THE-LOAF.

For information on Sugarloaf lodging packages and the Bud Light Concert Series, visit www.sugarloaf.com. For more information on The Machine, as well as music samples and performance videos, visit www.themachinelive.com.


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