February 21, 2020 | doors at 7:30pm
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OK Productions and Party Panda Productions present:
Pylon Reenactment Society (featuring Vanessa Briscoe Hay)
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The Bongos
The Bongos were a power pop band from Hoboken, New Jersey, primarily active in the 1980s, led by Richard Barone. With their unique musical style, they were major progenitors of the Hoboken pop scene, college radio favorites, and made the leap to national recognition with the advent of MTV. Their breakthrough song "Numbers With Wings" garnered the group a major cult following and was nominated at the first MTV Video Music Awards. Along with a handful of others, the Bongos were instrumental in the advancement of the Alternative Rock movement.

Richard Barone: Vocals, guitar
James Mastro: Guitar, vocals
Rob Norris: Bass, vocals
Frank Giannini: Drums, vocals
Pylon Reenactment Society (featuring Vanessa Briscoe Hay)
PYLON REENACTMENT SOCIETY (PRS) is fronted by former PYLON singer Vanessa Briscoe Hay, whose inimitable vocal textures and phrasing defined the band’s sound for many listeners. PYLON is considered to be one of the most influential bands at the beginnings of what would become known as the “Athens,GA music scene.” 30 years ago, PYLON, along with The B-52’s and R.E.M., were heavily featured in the original documentary Athens,GA/inside-out.
PRS formed in 2014 for what Hay thought would a be one-off project to perform for the event Art Rocks Athens. They were invited back for the second ARA event in 2015 supporting Fred Schneider’s solo project. Indie darlings Dressy Bessy caught wind of PRS and invited them on a short tour. Since then, PRS has turned into a tight touring unit having performed at festivals and venues on both coasts, the Midwest, the Southeast and Barcelona,Spain. Along the way they have begun to develop their own sound using PYLON as their inspiration. In addition to Hay, PRS is rounded out by Jason NeSmith (Casper & The Cookies) on guitar, Kay Stanton (Casper & The Cookies) on bass guitar and backing vocals, Joe Rowe (The Glands) on drums and Damon Denton (Big Atomic) on keyboard. PRS released a 6-song EP, PART TIME PUNKS SESSION, on Atlanta tastemaker Henry Owings’s Chunklet Industries label to rave reviews. 2018 found PRS writing new material and releasing a single: “MESSENGER / CLIFF NOTES,” that has caught the attention of independent DJs and collectors worldwide. PYLON REENACTMENT SOCIETY wowed the audience in Barcelona at Primavera Sound 2019 on the new Your Heineken Stage. One Italian reviewer touted PRS as one of the top 10 acts at PS19.
2020 promises to be a busy year. PRS are currently crafting more new material for a full length project. They were recently filmed for the follow-up documentary to Athens, GA/Inside-Out, (working title) Athens, GA…Thirty Years On that is expected to release in mid-2020. Both Hay and reissue producer Jason NeSmith have been working together on the sonic side of the upcoming PYLON reissues. But, that’s another story…