Ken Pustelnik’s Groundhogs
Saturday 12th August 2023
£15 Adv £17 Door
Way back in the halcyon days of rock, there came a trio of ‘superheroes’ known as the Groundhogs, riding the blues boom into unchartered territory, they gained a reputation as one of the most dynamic live acts around, and are influential and inspirational to this day. The classic line-up of Tony McPhee, Ken Pustelnik and Pete Cruickshank toured the world for 6 years straight, including seminal shows with the Rolling Stones, John Lee Hooker, John Mayall and Canned Heat, and at the legendary 1970 Isle of Wight festival along with Jimi Hendrix. In this time they produced 4 renowned albums: ‘Blues Obituary’, ‘Thank Christ for the Bomb’, ‘Split’ and ‘Who Will Save the World’…
Now Ken Pustelnik brings you a new and exciting line-up – Groundhogs, playing that classic material with verve and power, and giving performances of energy and excitement that are as fresh and relevant to the modern audience as the originals were back in the day… “They pretty much tore shit up and blew me away.. one of the best acts of the entire festival” (orangeamps.com)
Ken Pustelnik (drums) Original member of the classic line-up, officially joined in 1967, leaving at the height of their success in 1972 and features on all of the first 5 Groundhogs albums.
Chris D’Avoine (Vocals/Lead Guitar) Incendiary guitarist of Mean Blue Monsters, Snatch it Back (w/ Ken Pustelnik) and formerly with numerous outfits such as Shiva.
Latch Manghat (Bass) Heavy and hard-driving bassist of cult British stoner-metal band Gonga, Guitarist/Vocalist of the Rollbars, and producer of numerous artists such as the Heads.
Sol Latif (Lead Guitar) Long-standing member of the Rollbars, formerly lead guitarist of Lastwind (w/ Ken and Latch), his ability to traverse the intricate and unorthodox sections are unmatched.