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Friday, August 10, 2018

Downtown Northampton Summer Concert Series: Vapors of Morphine

WHAT: Summer Concert Series Featuring: Vapors of Morphine
WHEN: Friday, August 3rd, 5:30pm-7:30pm
WHERE: Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main St, Northampton MA
How Much? FREE


About Vapors of Morphine:
Having taken their name from Morpheus, the Greek god of Dreams, the ’90s band Morphine pioneered a new type of music - “Low Rock” - that had fans grooving worldwide. Seductive, sultry and intoxicating sounds flowed from their  wildly innovative lineup: a baritone saxophone, a 2-string slide bass and drums. It was their unprecedented fusion of blues and jazz elements with alt-rock arrangements that gained them critical acclaim and five studio albums in under a decade’s time.

Morphine burned bright and fast but their flame was snuffed out before its time when front man, Mark Sandman, passed away suddenly on stage in 1999. From those ashes have risen Vapors of Morphine and they’re playing with a new fire. Following the internationally acclaimed documentary, Morphine - Journey of Dreams (2014), by Mark Shuman, their new project fully emerged. A mutual passion for experimental & exotic music pervades Vapors of Morphine's 2016 debut album, “A New Low”, while their love for live performances fueled thrilling tours across Europe & Russia and South America in 2017.

Original Morphine band members Dana Colley (baritone sax) & Jerome Deupree (drums) are joined by transplanted New Orleans’ blues guitarist Jeremy Lyons. They continue to seduce audiences with dreamy soundscapes, applying inventive arrangements to the unique instrumentation of electric baritone saxophone (evocative of Jimi Hendrix’ guitar), the Sandman-style 2string slide bass or electric guitar and mad jazz-rock drums.

A typical Vapors of Morphine show encompasses the noire-tinged Beat generation influences of the Morphine era sound; in one evening, you’d likely hear Morphine originals, Delta blues, heady African beats and the psychedelic jams that keep their audiences entranced.

Their ethereal soundscapes are an incense offering to Morpheus, the Greek God of Dreams who was Sandman’s muse: “…we were dreaming, Morpheus comes into our dreams…and we woke up and started this band.” – Mark Sandman





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