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10,000 Maniacs to perform at Jasper Arts Center

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JASPER – The original indie rock band, 10,000 Maniacs will perform at the Jasper Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19.
10,000 Maniacs is world-renown on the independent rock scene and is touring to promote their latest album, Music from the Motion Picture. This is the second performance in the New Directions series, which is designed to appeal to all audiences but most particularly to 25 to 45 year old patrons.

Now in its fourth decade, 10,000 Maniacs was founded by Robert Buck, Dennis Drew, Steven Gustafson, John Lombardo and Natalie Merchant in the fall of 1981. Jerry Augustyniak joined the band in 1983. Together with artists like R.E.M., they defined college rock and created the first wave of alternative rock bands and what became known as the alternative rock format on FM radio.
Writing and performing powerful, danceable, and socially conscious original material in and around their hometown of Jamestown, New York, the group toured extensively and produced two independently released records, Human Conflict Number Five (’82) and Secrets of the I Ching (’83) on their own label.
By producing, manufacturing and marketing their own recordings, 10,000 Maniacs were the original “indie” band before signing with Elektra Records and making The Wishing Chair. Throughout the decades, the band has formed and reformed, members have come and gone and come back again.
They have toured with the likes of R.E.M., the Grateful Dead, and even played at Bill Clinton’s MTV Inaugural Ball where host Dennis Miller famously referred to them as “Chelsea Clinton’s favorite band.” The band has appeared on The Tonight Show, Late Night with David Letterman and Saturday Night Live.
The band has seen many changes over the years. Merchant left in 1992 and was replaced by Mary Ramsey, who remains with the band. Lombardo left and returned. Buck died in December 2000. The band took a three-year hiatus following Buck’s death.
Current band members are Dennis Drew on keyboards and vocals; Steve Gustafson on bass guitar and vocals; Jerry Augustyniak on drum and vocals; Mary Ramsey, lead vocals and viola, and Jeff Erickson on guitar and vocals.
10,000 Maniacs have produced 12 albums and many chart-topping songs. The most well-known of these are “These Are the Days,” “What’s the Matter Here?,” “Candy Everybody Wants,” “Trouble Me,” “Because the Night” and “Hey Jack Kerouac.” Their MTV Unplugged live album (’93) went platinum.
Order tickets now by calling the Jasper Arts Center at (812) 482-3070. Prices are $35 for adults, $33 for seniors and $30 for students and children.