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5/4/2021 - Tickets are now on sale (SOLD OUT) for G22A - an outdoor concert proudly sponsored by Lawson's Finest Liquids as a part of the 2021 Summer Music Concert Series by Laughing Eagle Productions!
After over a year long break from live music events, The Grift is pround to announce a live event on June 4th, 2021, which we have dubbed G22A. Due to COVID restrictions, there will be a limit on the number of tickets. Unfortunately, we will not be able to offer any tickets at the door:( so we can tightly control the capacity to this show to stay within local and state guidelines.
This event will be an all ages show that will be outdoors at Laughing Eagle Productions in Waitsfield, Vermont. The event will feature 2 sets of music from The Grift, with some special guests joining Clint, Jeff and Peter onstage. This event is proudly sponsored by Lawson's Finest Liquids, and is a part of the 2021 Summer Music Concert Series by Laughing Eagle Productions. We will also feature some Shweebee (Clint's backyard frisbee game) games - maybe even a tournament of sorts...
Tickets are available exclusively on our website - and you can follow this link to our gigs page to purchase them! We hope to see you there. Finally, whether you can make it or not, we already have some G22A merchandise available for those who are interested, and we can send it right to your door:).
4/8/21 - The History of The Grift rolls on to 2006. LIVE SHOWS are on the horizon...
Lots of excitement starting to build as live shows are staring to be on the horizon. We continue our history series with the year 2006. There is a blog post here with memories and pictures. There is also a great acoustic video from Clint and Peter of the song Tell Me over to your right. Enjoy.
We have decided to press the pause button on our history series with all of us getting a bit busier. We are shifting our focus from the past to the future:). Although we plan on continuing the history series, it will definitely slow down a bit so we can focus on the year ahead. We are starting to plan some really fun, epic shows for The Grift. Peter and Clint have both been working on and recording solo projects. Clint is launching a new solo website for all of his projects in music and beyond. Dojo will probably play some shows. Treetop Mansion will probably play some shows. Honeywell will probably play some shows. You get the picture.
Along those lines, just pencil us into your calendar for a tentative get together on June 4th, 2021. We will release details as they become available, but we are shooting for some kind of party with a little bit of live music, within some guidelines... Let's all cross our fingers and get our shots:). Feel free to join our mailing list above if you are interested in being the first to know about our upcoming performances.
3/2/21 - The History of The Grift Series rolls on with the year 2005...
The band revisits the year 2005 in the history of The Grift series, another year of the band that saw the continued lineup of Clint, Peter, Jeff and Neil. We also started having a certain special guest more and more often, Mr. Peter Nilsson on keyboards. He was working at Deerfield Academy at the time, and he would join us whenever possible. This included a few EPIC gigs at Deerfield Academy for the students as well as many other shows. Some other memorable shows from 2005 were the Lilac Festival in Rochester, NY, a third installment of our Do The Deck party in West Addison, shows in Oregon, Colorado, the Midwest, another Southern tour, and of course a ton in the Northeast.
As usual, we have recounted some more of our memories of the year over at our web page for the History of The Grift. You can check out memories of the year as well as the pictures. As always seems to be the case, there are definitely some gems.
The video on the right is a great rendition of The Grift song, Aluminum. Enjoy this great acoustic version with a little backstory by Peter, who wrote the song with some inspiration from part of his family.
1/28/21 - The History of The Grift series rolls on with the year 2003, the year Peter showed up!
This was a year that saw Clint and Jeff transitioning well to being back in the East. Clint, Neil and Jeff were living in West Addison practicing and playing shows at a frenetic pace. There were a bunch of boarding school gigs, a massively successful CD release party for The Grift Live 2003 (available for free download) at Nectar's in Burlington, and the largest part of the year was the addition of Mr. Peter Day.
We continue our history series with a blog post on our History of The Grift page about the year 2003. Stop on over and check out all the changes that took place as the Vermont power trio transformed into the power quartet. The video to the right is of the song Welcome to Jonesville. It's a great version (featuring Matt Schrag on mandolin) of a song that was on heavy rotation in 2003. There are also some great photos - many of which are courtesy of our good friend, Pokey (Scott Pokrywa), who was one of our biggest supporters in those early days. He basically let us use his place as a hotel when we were in Boston:)...
2/13/21 - Another year of history with 2004. New T-shirt design and some previously unreleased music!
We carry on with the year 2004 in the history of The Grift series, a huge year for the band. So many highlights to this year, with the biggest probably being the release of Life Beyond Aluminum, the second full-length studio album. It was arguably their most ambitious, with a bit of a new sound. Jeff had transitioned to the turntables most of the time, which created a whole new dynamic. It was an amazing recording session in Buffalo, NY with major help from Dave Koltai, Greg Tobler and Gary Mallaber on the producing of this album. The year also saw the band play close to 200 shows, capped off with a 4300 mile Southern tour in December of 2004. The band was really hustling.
The video to the right was recorded recently by Clint and Peter of the song In Between Takes from Life Beyond Aluminum. Make sure to check out The History of The Grift page to check out all goodies from 2004, which includes the previously unreleased Garage Sessions, Volume One & Volume Two. We also have a new t-shirt design with a marker drawing by Peter that we really love. It pays homage to our van - The Ayatollah of Rock & Rolla. Happy Valentine's Day to all you lovers out there!