Satori Trova, a Washington, D.C.-based experimental rock band that has been gaining a steady following across the area,is bringingits synthesis of soul and indie rock to the Rock and Roll Hotel again on April 7th. The show this Saturday is a single release party for their upcoming album due out in May. They are also doing a fundraising campaign through Pledge Music, and some of the proceeds will be going to charity. They joined us for our 5GB series before their show.
What was the first gig you ever went to?
Avi: The first show I ever saw was Guns and Roses and Soundgarden at Madison Square Garden in 1992.
Liora: Spice Girls. I was 12.
Dave: The first gig I ever went too was a keith sweat show, but if you’re talking about the first gig I played it was at a community center in Chatam NJ back in the 80s.
Tommi: The Supreme’s at the Carter Baron.
Stephen: The first gig I ever went to was Weird Al Yankovic when I was in 4th Grade. The rest is history.
Regina: Lollapalooza 1994…. Smashing pumpkins, Breeders, the Boredoms, Beastie Boys, and George Clinton. Yes.
What is the best gig that you ever played/performed at?
Avi: With Satori Trova, I think our second headlining show at the Rock and Roll Hotel was our best show. A lot of the pressure was off at that point and we were really loose. We played with The Grey Area, who we’ve become great friends with. In my career thus far, my favorite gig was at Oasis Tavern in New Paltz New York, with my college band Innerverse. The place was packed and everyone danced until 3 am.
Liora: The Rock and Roll Hotel with The Blackberry Belles. It was our first show with Dave and Stephen.
Dave: The best gig I ever had was probably at the lighthouse in Elon, NC. It wasn’t a really special venue, I had played there a number of times before, but one of the years I played for homecoming, there was an unbeliebable crowd that was into the music we were playing. The bar was probably at twice what was allowed for the fire code, and getting around was impossible, but the energy was just amazing.
Tommi: Richie Coliseum at Maryland University with first band, 3rd Stone From The Sun. The show featured some of the hottest local bands in the DMV.
Regina: I love all our gigs at Rock and Roll Hotel… that place is amazing.
Stephen: my favorite was our most recent rock and roll hotel show 🙂
What is the best gig you have ever been to?
Avi: Radiohead at Nissan Pavilion in 2008. It was pouring cold rain all day and there was massive flooding. I had general admission tickets so I was under the tent, but there were people on the lawn until the very end. It was one of the best live performances I have ever seen. The band really gave their all to the fans who were drenched and shivering.
Liora: Buika at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall
Dave: The best gig I went to is a hard call, I’d probably say something like the Foo Fighters at the 9:30, or St, Vincent at the Rock and Roll hotel. Maybe the Cat Empire at the State Theater. It’s all about shows with bands that are playing a level a lot higher than the level of room they’re playing. Big stars put on Big shows, and they seem even bigger in a small room.
Tommi: Segovia! What can I say, one of if not the greatest guitarist ever.
Regina: See answer number one. Smashing Pumpkins immediately after the release of “Siamese Dream”… HELLO.
Stephen: The Flaming Lips at Blackwater Festival this past August.
Gig you would most like to play?
Avi: I’d really love to play the 9:30 club or Merriweather. They’re my two favorite venues ever and they’re right here.
Dave: This is another one that I find pretty hard to say, but I’d go with the Austin City Limits festival. The close second would be New Orleans Jazz fest. I guess both of them would depend on what week they decided to put them on that year as to not die because of head exhaustion.
Tommi: The Kennedy Center Opera House. It’s where I saw Segovia as well King Crimson. It’s a magical room
Regina: Live Aid……. With Queen in 1984. Dream big.
Stephen: Red rocks or The Gorge.
What would be the lineup for your dream gig?
Avi: Merriweather Pavilion with Radiohead, Arcade Fire, and Bjork.
Liora: Glastonbury with Radiohead and Warpaint.
Dave: The perfect gig for me would be for us to play at the 9:30 club with Critters Buggin’ and St. Vincent.
Tommi: Kennedy Center Opera House with Portishead.
Reggie: The 9:30 Club with Thievery Corporation. D’uh, we’re from DC.
Stephen: The Flaming Lips, Dave Matthews, Radiohead at Red Rocks.
Catch Satori Trova Saturday at Rock and Roll Hotel, D.C..