The Districts get ‘Satisfaction’

By on June 3, 2015

The Districts will open for The Rolling Stones

The wild ride for The Districts –  begun by four Warwick High blokes who cut their teeth playing Warwick MiniTHON and Pretzel Fest – is about to get legendary.

A wearying 2014 tour produced fabled rock and roll road scars derived from the band’s humbling experience of having to borrow instruments to play gigs after thieves ransacked their van TWICE in St. Louis.

The Districts (left to right) Rob Grote, guitar, vocals; Connor Jacobus, bass; Braden Lawrence, percussion and Mark Larson, guitar.

The Districts (left to right) Rob Grote, guitar, vocals; Connor Jacobus, bass; Braden Lawrence, percussion and Mark Larson, guitar.

Since then, things got rosier for The Districts, currently made up of Rob Grote, Connor Jacobus, Braden Lawrence and Pat Cassidy.

They’ve sold out nearly every venue on a Euro tour, appeared on radio everywhere, and rocked “CBS This Morning” and “Late Night With Seth Meyers.”

So, what’s next you ask?

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Oh, besides pedestrian stuff like landing on TIME magazine’s Top Artists to Watch in 2015 list, the band was named last week to open for a group you might recognize as The Rolling Stones.

The Districts will open for the Stones at Festival d’été in Québec on July 15.

“We’re ridiculously excited and humbled to be supporting The Rolling Stones at Festival d’ete de Quebec,” the band commented on Facebook. “Life is weird. See you there, Quebec City!”

The staff at WXPN received that news with &tstr; shall we say &tstr; “satisfaction.”

The Philadelphia-based radio station began an instant love affair with the band it promoted on air and at its sponsored events.

“We were super stoked to hear this news,” said, Bruce Warren, WXPN Program Director.

“It consumed our conversations here the afternoon we found out,” he said. “Clearly we couldn’t be happier for Rob and the band.”

Warren said he still remembers “as clear as the day” sometime in September, 2012, when John Vettese (the editor of The Key, WXPN’s local music blog), came into work raving about some new “ very young band.”

Vettese saw The Districts while judging WXPN’s Beta Hi-Fi Battle of the Bands at World Cafe Live at the Queen in Delaware.

“It has been a wild ride,” Warren said. “…we began to play them very quickly. Our love affair with the band started the fall of 2012.”

Vettese said The Districts did a Key Studio Session with him in October 2012. They were guests on WXPN’s Leicht Lunch with Helen Leicht, and came back to play the XPoNential Music Festival for the first time in 2013 which “ left a lot of people breathless.”

After signing with Fat Possum Records a little over a year ago, the Districts have toured regularly.

Grote is lead singer, Lawrence plays drums, Jacobus is on bass, and Cassidy, who replaced founding member Mark Larsonis on guitar.

The Rolling Stones event is just one of many big-time shows that feature The Districts this summer, including the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Manchester, Tenn. June 12:, and the Governor’s Ball at Randall’s Island Park in New York City. this weekend.

The band will play a free concert on the Baltimore Waterfront Thursday and is back in Philly Saturday to perform at a Nepal benefit at Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art.

Then it’s back to Europe June 19 to perform in Germany, France, Belgium, and Norway.

 

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  1. George

    June 4, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    The names on the first picture are mislabeled. It should say:
    “The Districts (left to right) Rob Grote, guitar, vocals; Connor Jacobus, bass; Braden Lawrence, percussion and Mark Larson, guitar.”

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