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The Slambovian Circus of Dreams brings “surreal Americana” and Folk-Pop to Bandshell

Jul 11, 2017 • by Berks Arts Council
The Slambovian Circus of Dreams

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the continued forecast of inclement weather, The Slambovian Circus of Dreams at the Bandshell Concert Series is moving to the DoubleTree By Hilton Reading!

READING, PA–On Friday, July 14, The Slambovian Circus of Dreams brings its eclectic musical style to the Bandshell stage. With styles ranging from ‘hillbilly-Pink Floyd’ to ‘folk-pop’ to ‘surreal americana’, the band is hard to define. “I guess we’ve accepted to some degree that we’re eccentric,” said guitarist and lead vocalist Joziah Longo.

Just to keep things interesting, the band—aka The Grand Slambovians and Gandalf Murphy & The Grand Slambovians—shifts its name from album to album. “We figure if it’s got Slambovia in it, they’ll know who we are,” said Longo. Together since the ‘90s, the band, which originated as an art school project in Sleepy Hollow, NY, uses an extensive instrumental arsenal and taps a broad palette of styles. They have four critically-acclaimed studio albums to their name, with their fifth—A Very Unusual Head—due out later this year.

The Reading Samba School will provide preshow entertainment starting at 6:15 p.m. Food from local restaurants and food trucks will be available for purchase.

WHO: The Slambovian Circus of Dreams

WHAT: 27th annual Bandshell Concert Series

WHEN: Friday, July 14, 2017 at 7 p.m.

WHERE: Volunteer Fireman’s Memorial Bandshell at Reading’s City Park

(GPS Address: 1251 Hill Road; Reading, PA 19602)

Rounding out the series are The Gabriel Alegría Afro Peruvian Sextet on July 21 and The Apocalypse Blues Revue on July 28. For more information, visit

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