I happened to be back in Santa Cruz for a brief visit and was delighted to see that, House of Floyd, one of my favorite tribute bands, had a gig at the Rio theater in Santa Cruz. As lead guitarist Pat Potter said, playing in Santa Cruz is like homecoming week. It was a full house and fans were excited to see the band in full form with lasers, smoke machines, a trippy video montage and of course a giant pig.
One of the best things about seeing House of Floyd, is that it's a different show every time. The Pink Floyd catalog is so deep, that there is always an exciting mix of songs. There are always plenty of hits like "Wish You Were Here", "Shine on You Crazy Diamond", "Great Gig in the Sky" along slightly more obscure tracks from the Syd Barrett era.
Having seen the band perform over a number of years, it's clear they just keep getting better. It's a remarkable achievement that they're able to put on such a consistently high quality performance at every gig. In particular, the vocals are absolutely spot on, as a result of 4 strong male vocalists, not to mention the excellent backing vocals.
Here's some videos from the show shot with my iPhone 6 Plus, a definite improvement on my old iPhone.
House of Floyd will be touring through the summer and fall, and I encourage you to sign up for their newsletter so you can keep track of their schedule.