Passafire w/ Stick Figure and Tatanka

When: Sun., July 21 2013

rock, reggae, dub, 9:30 p.m.

Art has been the central element fueling Passafire from the beginning. Singer-guitarist Ted Bowne and drummer Nick Kubley both attended the Savannah College of Art and Design, along with former band members Adam Willis and Ed Hughes. Bowne studied sound design, mostly for TV and film; recently, he was invited back as a guest speaker. Kubley went the illustration route, and so far he has designed album covers, posters, and T-shirts. But enough about their day jobs. When it comes to the band, Passafire started burning back in 2003, and they’ve been on fire ever since, putting out four albums and playing hundreds of shows a year. The band was originally called Catchafire, the title of a Bob Marley biography Bowne had read in college, but the group thought that seemed too cliché. Passafire was suggested instead. “We see it as a symbol of our passion to share positive energy that we get from playing music with the people who come to hear and watch us play. We feed off of the crowd’s energy as they feed off of ours, and it is a never-ending and very fulfilling cycle,” Bowne says. The next thing in store for Bowne is a trip to Africa with his mom for his 30th birthday. On the trip, he hopes to draw a lot of inspiration for Passafire’s future endeavours. As for the band, they’ve got a new album in the works. —Kalyn Oyer SUNDAY

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