Skyballs + Parker Smith and the Bandwith
Skyballs is Atlanta's premiere Phish tribute band. Having attended over 200 shows between its members (give us a break, we're not that old), the group prides itself on embodying the musical freedom, spontaneity, and ambition that has earned Phish its devoted following. From the soaring melodicism of Harry Hood to the deep funk of Sand, Skyballs is committed to accurately reproducing the incredible songs in Phish's diverse repertoire. The band enjoys producing high-energy shows that contain dream setlists for both its members and the Phish faithful.
Skyballs was founded in 2016 by guitarist Michael Plunkett, keyboardist Adam Simon, bassist Johnny Barrett, and drummer Nick Vaughan as a means of satisfying their collective obsession with Phish in between the band's tours. What started as simply a passion project expanded to a cohesive band with a larger mission. After a few changes in personnel, a brief hiatus, and the addition of drummer John Cowin in early 2018, Skyballs aim to spread the beauty and joy of Phish's music across Atlanta and beyond. Just like the band they love and admire so much, their intent is all for your delight.
Parker Smith and the Bandwith:
Atlanta native, Parker Smith landed his first gig in September 2010 and fans immediately took a liking to his unique sound. Musical influences range from Taj Mahal to Talking Heads, self-described “acoustic roots with electric sprouts.” However, the band members attempt to steer clear of staying in one genre. They stress their passion for playing ‘real music with real instruments’ (no computers allowed on stage), and fans appreciate the originality and roots-oriented sound. According to one writer, “Parker Smith and the Bandwith are a great young band out of Atlanta. They’re a southern rock band in an essential way, though their songs run the gamut from sprawling, fast-paced jams to tight, quiet ballads. Smith’s lyrics, backed by tight guitar playing, are poignant and full of yearning: for a cleaner life, a distant woman, fresh ground. It’s honest, heartfelt music that—without taking itself too seriously—contemplates the space between who we are and what we want to be.”