Question: How could you improve on last year's well-received Big Head Todd & The Monsters show at Boarding House Park as part of the Lowell Summer Music Series?
Answer: Add Toad the Wet Sprocket to the lineup and build a show that features full sets by both bands.
That double bill -- featuring two bands that hit it big in the '90s and have been often been mistaken for one another -- is the latest addition to the 2019 Lowell Summer Music Series lineup. The show will take place Saturday, Aug. 24, at a special showtime of 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale now for $55 in advance, with premium seating in the first three rows in front of the stage available for $155.
The Colorado-based Big Head Todd & the Monsters have been together for more than 30 years.
The band is touring behind its 2017 album "New World Arisin'," their 11th studio album in a career that Todd Park Mohr (guitar and vocals), Brian Nevin (drums and vocals) and Rob Squires (bass and vocals), three alums of Columbine High School, formed in 1986. Extensive touring through the Rocky Mountains and the West Coast built an organic following and eventually led to a slot on the H.O.R.D.E. Festival in 1993 and a record deal with Giant Records that same year.
Their album "Sister Sweetly" went platinum, and the band was off and running. A follow-up album, "Strategem," came out in 1994 and made it to No. 30 on the Billboard album chart.
The group's songs were featured in the 1994 film "Blown Away," and their take on "Tangerine" was included in the 1995 tribute album "Encomium: A Tribute to Led Zeppelin.
More recently, the band played at the Denver Broncos Super Bowl 50 championship parade, and remains an active presence on the recording and touring fronts.
Meanwhile, the Santa Barbara, Calif.-based Toad the Wet Sprocket has been around since 1986, all the members attending high school together. They had massive chart success in the 1990s with "Walk on the Ocean," "All I Want," "Something's Always Wrong," "Fall Down" and "Good Intentions."
They broke up in 1998 but resumed touring on a limited basis in 2006 before a full-blown reunion in 2010. The band's most recent studio album is 2013's "New Constellation."
Oh, in case you're wondering, Toad the Wet Sprocket's name derives from a Monty Python sketch called "Rock Notes."