Pigs on the Wing might be a Pink Floyd tribute band, but it stays away from the darker side of the famed rock group's legacy.
And don't expect this band to sound just like Pink Floyd, said Jason Baker, singer and guitarist for Pigs on the Wing.
"It's all about the music," he told the Herald via email. "Pink Floyd's music heavily influences our own original music. I think the interest that this music holds for such a wide range of audiences is one of the reasons we enjoy doing the tribute so much."
Portland-based Pigs on the Wing will bring that sound to the Tri-Cities on June 29 at the Roxy Wine Bar in downtown Kennewick. Showtime is 9 p.m. Cover is $8. Tickets are available in advance at the Roxy or at the door.
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Baker is backed by Matt Jones on keyboards and vocals, Eric Welder on bass, Alex Feletar on drums, David Lindebaum on vocals and guitar, Keeley St. Clair on backup vocals, and Pete Galluzzo on saxophone.
The band tried on a couple of names, including the Crazy Diamonds, before settling on Pigs on the Wing. They feared people would mistake them for a Neil Diamond tribute band.
"I came to learn, upon starting this project, that in the world of tribute bands, that a name is typically chosen that references either the band itself, or one of the band's works," Baker said.
He cited a Led Zeppelin tribute band called Ramble On and a Journey tribute band named Stone in Love, each referring to a hit song from those groups.
"As far as a deeper meaning or connection, I suppose Pigs on the Wing has no more or less of that than any other band's name," Baker said. "In our case, there is no major significance other than it is the name of a song from what is probably our collective favorite Floyd album -- Animals."
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