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Gov't Surplus / Press

“SOUTHBRIDGE —Multiple Worcester Music Award winners Gov't Surplus — New England's premiere Gov't Mule/Allman Brothers tribute band — will perform its 100th show at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25 at The Cannery, 12 Crane St. Southbridge, and the band promises it will be a doozy. Admission is $5. Building a reputation as a tight, high-energy band with a knack for extended improvisational jams, Gov't Surplus seamlessly threads multiple tunes into medleys while laying down a danceable groove that refuses to let you sit still. ”Lots of Gov’t Surplus alumni and special guests will be joining us,” singer-guitarist Derek Varnum said of the Friday night’s gig, which also coincides with the five year anniversary of the band. “I’d like all my local friends to be there to help party on this very special night. If ya come to one show, let this be the one. You won’t be disappointed!””

“Winner- Vest Male Vocalist -Derek Varnum - Gov't Surplus Winner - Jam / Groove Band - Gov't Surplus Winner - Tribute Act - Gov't Surplus”

“Worcester DJs, musicians and fans will gather at Jillian’s in Worcester on Wednesday at 7 PM to celebrate and honor Central Massachusetts’ best musicians at Pulse Magazine’s Worcester Music Awards. Niki Luparelli, a successful and talented musician in her own right, will host this free event. The night will feature live performances by Cara Brindisi, Gov’t Surplus, Hot Letter, Ricky Duran and DudenGuy. There will also be a photo booth and giveaways. Almost 5,000 music-lovers have cast their votes, and now, Pulse Magazine will award musicians, radio stations and DJs in 27 categories, including The Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes special individual who has been a mainstay of the Central Massachusetts music scene. The Worcester Music Awards are a free, 18-plus event. Doors open at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, at Jillian’s, 315 Grove St., Worcester.”

“Host Niki Luparelli with Cara Brindisi, Winner of Best Solo Performer and Sexiest Performer Worcester musicians, DJs, and fans will gathered Wednesday at Jillian’s in Worcester to celebrate and honor Central Massachusetts’ best musicians at Pulse Magazine’s Worcester Music Awards. The event, hosted by Niki Luparelli, presented awards in 27 different categories, including a lifetime achievement award to Joe D’Angelo for his contributions to the jazz and music education communities. The Awards also featured live performances by Cara Brindisi, Gov’t Surplus, Hot Letter, Ricky Duran and DudenGuy.”

““Gov’t Surplus then took the stage for a musical break and a chance to grab another drink. Gov’t Surplus gave a great performance ~ one that sounded like a true jam session, no holds barred. Derek Varnum dedicated the song “Soul Shine” to his son, Derek Jr., and “to everyone who is having a tough day.” Event sponsor Budweiser raffled tickets to the Awesome 80s Prom, which will be at Mechanics Hall on May 4, and Luparelli, envelopes in hand, continued her awards bestowal. Cougar Bait took home the award for Best Electronic Act. Gov’t Surplus won for Best Cover/Tribute Band, and the band that most people wanted to see reunite was Seven Hill Psychos. Day One grabbed the award for best Rap/Hip Hop Act, declaring it may change its name to Day Two in the near future. The Best Solo/Acoustic Act went to Cara Brindisi, who said was truly flattered in light of the talent nominated in that category. Jesse Fair from Dope Slap took home Best Female Vocalist, and Best Male Vocalist w”

“This is a must see band for any jamband fan .”

Wo mag