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Psychedelic-Jazz Rockers Perpetual Groove Bringing Eclectic Covers & Inspiring Originals to Highberry

Since coming off a 2-year hiatus about two years ago, Perpetual Groove has “been putting together some of the strongest and most inspiring shows of the band’s 16-year career,” writes PGroove, as fans affectionaly call them, is one of several outstanding headliners and critical darlings set to headline Highberry Music Festival June 29-July2 at The Farm near Eureka Springs.

PGroove performs 9:50-11:20 pm Friday, June 30, at the festival’s eighth annual event. The Athens, Georgia-based quartet’s music has evolved into a genre-bending, highly original sound with a foundation made of jazz-rock, funk, neo-psychedelia, R&B, trance electronica, progressive rock, and anthemic arena rock. Their large catalog of original music offers something for everyone, but the band is also known among the festival scene for its eclectic range of covers, from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” The Rolling Stones’ “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking,” and NIN’s “Closer,” to Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs” and Rage Against The Machine’s “Bulls On Parade.”

The addition of an intense, intelligent light show creates an atmosphere unlike any other, assuring fans they’ll get a highly polished yet different show each night.

Of its most recent album release last August, one critic wrote “the EP ‘Familiar Stare’ witnessed a new chapter of creativity, maturation, and an evolution of sound for the quartet. The future looks very bright for Perpetual Groove.”

But it’s the 2010 EP dubbed “Honey Cuts” that is considered the most accurate representation of the band’s current sound, especially the track “Cairo.”

PGroove has performed many U.S. festivals including sets at All Good Music Festival, Gathering of the Vibes, Wakarusa, Bonnaroo, Jam Cruise, High Sierra, New Orleans Jazz Fest, and more. The band has also made appearances at international events such as Jam in the Dam and Caribbean Holidaze.

Shortly after Highberry, PGroove will perform a late-night show during the Phish Baker’s Dozen NYC run in July, at BB King Blues Club & Grill in New York.

Tickets to Highberry run from $55 for one-day passes (available for Sunday, July 2) to $160 for a four-day pass and include camping. The Farm is about a 20-minute drive from downtown Eureka Springs and about an hour from Rogers-Bentonville.