2020 marks the 25th anniversary of Down’s 1995-released, now classic debut, “NOLA.” Plans for select shows featuring vocalist Philip Anselmo, guitarists Pepper Keenan and Kirk Windstein, drummer Jimmy Bower and bassist Pat Bruders performing the record in its entirety were sidelined due to the global pandemic. In its wake, the band has announced an exclusive livestream later this month.
Dubbed “The Quarter Century Throwdown,” the high production, multi-camera event will take place at 6 p.m. EST Aug, 29, using cutting-edge streaming technology to create a one-of-a-kind virtual concert experience. The show will be rebroadcast at 6 p.m. EST Aug. 30, until 6 p.m. EST Sept. 1.
The band released the following statement:
“Down was a simple band started by friends with a love of heavy music and the songs on the ‘NOLA’ album were magic from the first rehearsal. We’re extremely grateful to be celebrating the ‘NOLA’ record with a live stream that the world can see. Watch the show and plug in through your loudest stereo! We love y’all!”
Ten percent of ticket sales will be donated to the United Houma Nation (UHN), a state-recognized tribe of about 17,000 members livingwithin a six-parish (county) service area encompassing 4,570 square miles. The six parishes–Terrebonne, Lafourche, Jefferson, St. Mary, St. Bernar, and Plaquemines–are along the southeastern coast of Louisiana. Within this area, distinct tribal communities are situated among the interwoven bayous and canals where Houmas traditionally earned a living. Although by land and road these communities are distant, they were historically close by water. However, boat travel is no longer a viable option due to the effects of coastal erosion, which has left these waterways either nonexistent or impassable and, in many cases, completely open water that requires larger vessels for safe travel. The tribe today is presented with the unique challenges of preserving and maintaining its culture and way of life when the land is disappearing. The United Houma Nation is committed and dedicated to doing exactly that.
In addition, 10% of proceeds raised from a special, limited Down/United Houma Nation T-shirt will be donated to the UHN. For pre-orders, go here.