Win FREE TICKETS to Start Making Sense at Putnam Den on Saturday!

Ah, those tribute bands just keep on coming…

In fact, on Saturday night (March 16), three – count ’em, three – tribute bands are all headed into town, including the Beach Party Boys at Glen Falls’ Wood Theater and the Dead Show at Pauly’s Hotel.

But at the top of the heap is Start Making Sense, a Talking Heads tribute band based in Bethlehem, PA. Led by vocalist-guitarist Jon Braun (in the role of David Byrne), the band made their area debut in 2010 at the Bella Terra Festival, and have since delivered knock-out performances at such venues as Jillian’s and Troy’s Rockin’ On the River.

The band isn’t one of those hey-we’re-pretending-to-be-the-Talking Heads tribute acts. In fact, they’re much more like a hey-isn’t-the-Talking Heads’-music-great-and-aren’t-we-all-having-fun kind of band.

Braun certainly does a fine job as the quirky frontman, but the real secret to the Heads’ music is in the groove – a wide and varied rhythmic approach that continually shifted throughout the Heads’ musical career. Start Making Sense navigate the eclectic rhythms with a natural ease, digging a deliciously deep groove – whether pumping out the jittery, minimalist new wave of “Psycho Killer,” the percolating African-influenced rhythms of “The Great Curve” or the litling “This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody).”

Start Making Sense returns to the Capital Region on Saturday (March 16), playing a show at Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs. Doors open at 8pm, and the Great White Caps open the show at 9:30pm. Tickets are $12 in advance; $15 at the door; $20 for ages 18-21.

BUT WAIT… there’s more. We’re giving away a pair of FREE TICKETS for Start Making Sense to a lucky Nippertown reader! To enter the contest, just post a comment below. Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. Deadline to enter is 12noon on Saturday (February 23). The winner will be selected at random and notified on Saturday afternoon. Good luck! Congratulations to the winner, who has been notified by email.

  1. Rick C says

    these guys are great…..pick me..pick me

  2. Pher says

    “Say nothing once, why say it again?”

  3. Ziggy says

    Best Talking Heads Cover Band! can’t wait for the show

  4. Mac says

    They are awesomeness

  5. Amy says

    I am overdue to see this band! Would love some free tickets…

  6. Amanda macejka says

    IT’s My birthday Weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PICK ME and i’ll bring my party!!!!!! 🙂

  7. KC says

    Love these guys!!!

  8. Peg says

    Once In A Lifetime opportunity! If I win I will be Burning Down The House!

  9. Bill says

    Was just watching the TH Chronology DVD. David Byrne is an odd one but he makes some great music. Would love to see SMS.

  10. Brendan says

    I would love some tickets!

  11. Cassie says

    These guys are awesome, a do not miss! So glad they we will be back in time to really celebrate my birthday, and not be completely overshadowed by St. Patrick’s day festivities.

  12. Jacky says

    I can’t wait to do this! They are so great. I would love love love to win!

  13. meg says

    There was a time before we were born, if someone asks, this is where I’ll be 🙂

  14. KP says

    Can’t wait to see them…such an awesome way to celebrate St. Patty’s Day Weekend!

  15. Chris Leary says

    They always put on a great dance party! Their most recent show at Bayou was fantastic! This will definitely be an awesome night of music.

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