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In the early ’90s, Col. Bruce Hampton and the Aquarium Rescue Unit emerged from Atlanta. The group featured an array of young hotshot musicians fronted by Hampton, who had been a fixture in the city’s musical avant-garde since his late ’60s group the Hampton Grease Band, which had an unlikely and important advocate in Duane Allman.

The ARU became something like a jam band Velvet Underground, with their influence vastly overwhelming their commercial success. Groups like Phish and Widespread Panic were inspired by the band’s inspired blend of musical greatness and madcap iconoclasm.

The original group split up in 1993 and most of the members went on to make their marks elsewhere: bassist Oteil Burbridge was a member of the Allman Brothers Band from 1997 through their final shows last year; guitarist Jimmy Herring played with the Allman Brothers Band, Phil Lesh & Friends and the Dead and has been a member of Widespread Panic since 2006. Drummer Jeff Sipe has played with Shawn Lane and Jonas Hellborg, Leftover Salmon, the Trey Anastasio Band and others, and will be on the road with Warren Haynes this fall. Hampton has continued to form new bands bursting with young talent.

Col Bruce Hampton and the Aquarium Rescue Unit have reuniting for 14 anticipated shows. This will be their first sustained run since 2007. Some of the performances will be recorded for a planned live album.

(Credit: All material quoted from The Wall Street Journal, as well as photo.)

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