Greek Week Concert April 8

March 30, 2010
by: Spencer Conover '10, from The Hampden-Sydney Tiger

Greek Week Concert

P-Groove, Tea Leaf Green, and Jesse Chong Band to hit the Lagoon in April


They’re calling it a festival this year. You’re gonna get three bands and over four hours of music for the laughable price of $10.00. What’s more, you’re going to watch a rare battle between some of the festival circuit’s hardest jamming bands. Energy and intensity will be flooding The Lagoon this year. You see, each of these bands will likely try to “one-up” the others, and at the end of the night, don’t be surprised if you see them all come together for an encore “super-jam.”

Warming up the stage at 8:00 will be Virginia Beach’s own—The Jesse Chong Band. You can expect perfect sunset tunes as Chong and his Band blend sounds of reggae, rock, blues, and funk, and as darkness falls, don’t be surprised if you mistake Jesse for Jimi Hendrix as he wails on his Stratocaster with songs like “Victoria” and “Backroom.”

Co-headlining the show is San Franciso’s darling, Tea Leaf Green. After their first national album release, Taught to be Proud, in 2005, Tea Leaf Green immediately hit the road with extensive touring. Within a year of that release, Tea Leaf Green was opening for legends like Gov’t Mule, Trey Anastasio, and Dave Matthews. Marked by keyboardist Trevor Garrod’s soulful voice, Tea Leaf Green blends the sounds of rock contemporaries like My Morning Jacket, Wolfmother and The Raconteurs with classic Hampden-Sydney favorites like The Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, and Tom Petty. Their latest album, Raise Up The Tent, features bluesy, wailing slide guitar and hard chopping rhythms that tug at your emotions like the sounds of your favorite Georgia uncle’s Dwayne Allman vinyls. However you say it, Tea Leaf Green is a diverse band that straddles the limits of every genre under the sun. Check out Tea Leaf Green at 

Finally, Perpetual Groove, a self-proclaimed “neo-psychedelia, R&B, trance-electronica, progressive, anthemic arena rock band” will close the show. Quite frankly folks, this band is here by popular demand. You asked for it, you got it. Senior John Montgomery—who has seen the band 34 times—describes the experience as “jam for my soul, I like to spread it on thick.” P-Groove is touring heavily throughout the Southeast in support of their latest studio release, Heal, available exclusively on the band’s website, With Heal, the first album featuring new keyboardist John Hruby, P-Groove shows it has matured and developed tighter, hookier songs than past album LiveLoveDie, which featured dark, loose, twisty tracks. Some claim Hruby has brought out the pure rock’n roll in the band, suggesting we might see a transition from “arena-trance band” to “melt-your-face guitar rock.” 

What: Greek Week Festival 2010, Presented by the CAC

Who: The Jesse Chong Band, Tea Leaf Green, Perpetual Groove

When: 7:30 Thursday April 8

Where: The Lagoon

Cost: $10.00 in the Bookstore and at, or $15.00 at the gate