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Aqueous at Town Ballroom for New Year’s Eve Ripper

Aqueous, the Buffalo groovy jam-rock quartet, played their second show of their 2018 New Year’s run at Town Ballroom Monday night and treated fans to what may have been their best live set ever. Coming on the heels of the release of their new album ‘Color Wheel’ and a West Coast tour, the band played a rousing concert that showcased their songwriting skill, musical aptitude and crowd pleasing ability. They played a mix of originals, covers and extended jams that had the sold out crowd sharing in the love as one unit. Every person there was on the same level and you could feel the Buffalove exuding throughout the music hall. The set list was one for the ages and featured a few live debuts, a few covers and some of the best songs from the new album.

Photo by Zachary Todtenhagen (Instagram: @zToad)

Set 1:
Random Company, Realize Your Light, The Boys Are Back In Town¹, Split The Difference > Skyway > Eon Don² ³ > Timmy’s Blades > Eon Don

Set 2:
Strange Times⁴, Weight of the Word, How High You Fly > Origami > Auld Lang Syne > Truckin’⁵ > Aldehyde

In It (For Me)⁶ > Hey Jude⁷

¹ Debut, Thin Lizzy cover
² BUSTOUT: LTP 7/2/17 (137 shows), funky version
³ Xxsplosive (Dr. Dre) tease
⁴ Jurassic Park Theme (John Williams) tease
⁵ Debut, Grateful Dead cover
⁶ Live Debut
⁷ BUSTOUT: LTP 2/26/14 (511 shows)

“Realize Your Light” was dedicated to a group of fans who had recently lost a friend of theirs. The song moved me to tears and I didn’t know why, but I found out the next morning that one of my best friends had passed away on Sunday and I realized why I was bawling. I didn’t know it at the time, but that song now will forever remind me of my friend and I will never forget this show.

Photo by Zachary Todtenhagen (Instagram: @zToad)
Photo by Zachary Todtenhagen (Instagram: @zToad)

Photo by Zachary Todtenhagen (Instagram: @zToad)


Photo by Zachary Todtenhagen (Instagram: @zToad)

At midnight, confetti blasters were launched and four giant inflated whales were thrown into the crowd for people to bounce as they kissed their lovers to a cover of the Grateful Dead’s “Truckin”.

Photo by Philip Wilkins

They finished the encore and the night with “Hey Jude”, the classic Beatles song that had everyone in the crowd arm in arm swaying and singing the chorus. We could all feel the love, and it is an amazing experience seeing these hometown guys play here. They truly embody Buffalove.




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