John McCauley, the lead singer of the highly-acclaimed band, Deer Tick, will perform a solo acoustic show live at The Underground at 6:30 PM on Monday, March 2, 2015. The performance is free and open to the public.
McCauley has been the bandleader of the legendary Americana group, Deer Tick, since its beginnings. He has written, sung, and played guitar on every track of the group’s five-album discography. The band originally began in December 2004 as an avenue for McCauley’s songwriting, which channeled the gritty elements and sound of Nirvana as much as the lyrics and melodies of Hank Williams. Following the release of the critically acclaimed War Elephant (2007) and Born on Flag Day (2009), the band solidified its current lineup with the addition of guitarist, Ian O’ Neill. Since then, the band has performed worldwide alongside artists like Stevie Nicks, Delta Spirit, Dawes, The Replacements, and countless others. The band released three more albums, most recently Negativity in 2013.
McCauley is well known for his prolific songwriting collaborations outside of Deer Tick as well. He formed the super-group, Middle Brother, with Taylor Goldsmith and Matthew Vasquez, from Dawes and Delta Spirit (respectively), and released the group’s self-titled debut in 2011. In 2012, he formed a new super-group, Diamond Rugs, which featured members of Deer Tick, Los Lobos, The Black Lips, and Dead Confederate. Diamond Rugs released its self-titled garage-rock album in 2012 and recently released its sophomore debut, Cosmetics, on February 24, 2015.
McCauley’s performance at The Underground is free and open to the public, thanks to funding from Carnegie Mellon University Student Activities. The event is organized by the Activities Board, which is dedicated to bringing national entertainment to Carnegie Mellon’s campus.
The Underground, as part of Carnegie Mellon Dining Services, is offering a special discount during the show, with hand-scooped ice cream for just a $1.50 and 25% off slices of cake. Make sure to come out to see this amazing show and enjoy some great food on March 2 – you don’t want to miss it!
This blog is written by Dhruva Krishna, a sophomore studying creative writing and ethics, history, and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University. He is a member of Activities Board and loves bringing artists to perform on his campus. Dhruva is a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and an active musician performing and recording throughout Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with his bands. Make sure to follow him @dkmusicofficial!