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Eco-friendly indie pop band Big Tree to play Jabberwocky April 27

April 21, 2011

The indie pop band Big Tree will play at Syracuse University’s Jabberwocky Café in the Schine Student Center at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 27. This free, general admission concert is part of a weeklong schedule of events leading up to SU Showcase “Sustainability for a Livable Future,” which will take place on May 2 in the Schine Student Center.

Indie pop band Big TreeFans are advised to arrive early as the Jabberwocky is SU’s most intimate performance venue and seating will be limited.

** 4/25/11 UPDATE **
Big Tree will put on a "grease talk" (veggie oil demo) on Wednesday, April 27, 4 pm at the Ernie Davis Hall loading dock. Come see how the band filters used vegetable oil for use in their specially modified touring van. Check out this recent video for a preview.

Big Tree bills itself as a psychedelic pop band for naturalists. These five good friends—Kaila McIntyre-Bader, Luke Bace, Colin Fahrner, Dan Pirello and recent addition Laura Schwecherl—have created a sound that taps into organic folk, greasy blues, ambient rock and modal jazz. Originally based in Brooklyn, N.Y., they now call the bay area of California home.

The band is a great addition to the Showcase lineup as it has taken an eco-friendly approach to its music and touring. Big Tree cruises to its gigs in a diesel van converted to run on used vegetable oil. The members are big on sustainability and promoting alternative fuels. The easygoing group will often give “grease talks” during their travels to demo how they fuel up their van with veggie oil. described Big Tree as a “… mood-inducing, mood-furthering band …” According to Performing Songwriter Magazine, “Big Tree is a genre-bending, five-piece bundle of energy … fresh and quirky.”

Big Tree has shared the stage with Pomegranates, Deer Tick, Megafaun, Akron/Family and OneRepublic. Big Tree celebrated its June 2010 title of NYC Deli Magazine Band of the Month, and had a successful release of its Home(here) EP last summer.

SU Showcase just announced its Showcase Fellows lineup and released its full schedule of events slated for May 2. For information on participating in SU Showcase, including volunteering to help set up and run the day’s activities, visit

Download the Big Tree concert flyer (pdf, 696 KB).

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