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Sat, Apr 09


Saranac Lake

Pretend Collective & Sean Hoots at "Saturday Night at the Waterhole"

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Pretend Collective & Sean Hoots at "Saturday Night at the Waterhole"
Pretend Collective & Sean Hoots at "Saturday Night at the Waterhole"

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Apr 09, 2022, 7:30 PM

Saranac Lake, 48 Main St, Saranac Lake, NY 12983, USA


About the event

Pretend Collective & Sean Hoots

at "Saturday Night at the Waterhole"

Waterhole Music Lounge

Saranac Lake, NY

April 9th, 2022

Doors 7:30pm

Show 8:30pm




Pretend Collective

Pretend Collective’s eponymous debut opens with unison pianos populating a great depth of space. A vivid sonic ecosystem gradually reveals itself as rich, organic tones unfurl from the far reaches of the mix. The groove kicks in and a chorus of unearthly voices provide the scenery for the record’s ethereal thesis statement: Higher Than a Flying Cloud Castle Made of White Light. Thus Pretend Collective’s debut sets its own heady tone. This music is worthy of a long walk with a good pair of headphones. It goes to work on the deep, quiet places within you – to listen along is to feel your place in an ever-changing landscape.

“I had come to rely on my favorite music as a form of transportation,” says Pretend Collective vocalist and songwriter Mike Reilly. “It took a long time to realize that the way to make the listener feel like a traveler in space is to create musical space for the listener to travel through.”

Before Pretend Collective, Reilly made a name for himself as drummer and band member with Hoots & Hellmouth, Ha Ha Tonka, The Spring Standards, and a long list of artists based out of Philadelphia and New York. A veteran of the national club and festival circuit, he became known in growing circles as a songwriters’ drummer, exploring hybrid setups and employing a wide variety of percussion in his performances, delivering unique character to each project. His resume includes extensive work in the theatre world: offstage in pit-orchestras, on-stage in new and old works alike, and even originating the role of the villain, Jessup McElroy, in Red Roses, Green Gold, the 2017 Off-Broadway jukebox musical featuring the music of Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter. In the fleeting off-hours between international touring, making records, and theatrical work, Reilly holed up in his home studio and crafted exhaustive demos of the songs that would comprise Pretend Collective’s first full-length album, slated for release on September 13, 2019 through The Giving Groove.

Sean Hoots - of Hoots & Hellmouth

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