12th Annual Benefit My State Concert: Pink Talking Fish & The Comb Down
The State Theatre of Ithaca Presents:

12th Annual Benefit My State Concert: Pink Talking Fish & The Comb Down

All Ages
Join us in Supporting The State Theatre of Ithaca at the 12th Annual "Benefit My State" Concert Featuring Pink Talking Fish & The Comb Down

During height of the Covid-19 Pandemic, The State Theatre hosted Pink Talking Fish for aspecial one-of-a-kind livestream: Pink Talking Fish Play Dead: A Tribute to Cornell ‘77 Live. Thelivestream was a huge success, drawing over 98,000 individual viewers; bringing unprecedentedattention to not only the State Theatre of Ithaca, but also the city of Ithaca, NY.Fans livestreamed the show in 2021, now they have the opportunity to experience PinkTalking Fish, LIVE, IN PERSON at the majestic State Theatre of Ithaca on May 6th, 2022.

Now over 90 years old, the not-for-profit State Theatre of Ithaca depends on community support to host over 85 events a year including Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Performers, world-renown classical composers, hilarious comedians, community performances and classic films. The annual “Benefit My State” concert is the State Theatre of Ithaca’s biggest fundraiser of the year.

The 12th Annual Benefit My State Concert is proudly sponsored by: Tompkins Trust Company, Visit Ithaca, Hancock Estabrook, LLP, GreeenScene Lawn and Garden, Ithaca Marriott Downtown on the Commons & DSP Shows

Pink Talking Fish:

Pink Talking Fish is a Hybrid Tribute Fusion Act that takes the music from three of the world's most beloved bands and creates a special treat for fans of the music.

Pink Floyd, The Talking Heads and Phish are all more than just bands... they are Phenomenons.  Their creations have artistically inspired people and their mind-blowing live performances have brought people together to form a special sense of community around the love for their favorite band.

Although the music from each act is different, Pink Talking Fish has discovered that fusing the material together creates an amazing story.  The epic emotion of Pink Floyd.... The funky, danceable layerings of The Talking Heads.... The multitude of styles, unique compositional structures and pure fun of Phish.... to merge these three into one gives music lovers a special experience.

Pink Talking Fish features Eric Gould on bass, Richard James on keyboards, Zack Burwick on drums and Cal Kehoe on guitar.  This is a band created by musicians who love the music of these acts.  It's purpose is to heighten people's passion for this music by creating something fresh and exciting for fans.  

Discovering connections is part of the fun:  Pink Floyd's "On The Run" seamlessly fitting in the middle of the composition of Phish's "You Enjoy Myself".  Perfectly placing Phish's "Sand" into the groove of The Talking Head's "Slippery People".  Segued collections from all three acts such as Run Like Hell > Making Flippy Floppy > Piper > Run Like Hell or Mike's Song > Have A Cigar > Once In A Lifetime > Weekapaug Groove.  These ideas are the spirit behind Pink Talking Fish.

The story is ever evolving.  The experience is always exciting.  Come join Pink Talking Fish for the ultimate fusion tribute and celebrate the love of this music in unique fashion.

The Comb Down:

The Comb Down was brought together by the one and only Brian “Gourd” Mlodzinski. Gourd aka DJ Gourd has been spinning funky vinyl for over two decades and has a reputation for bringing his listeners and dancers into an atmosphere that is hard to forget and easy to crave. Gourd is well known for his collection of raw 70’s funk, 80’s boogie/synth funk, Afrobeat, Disco, 80’s/90’s Hip-Hop and straight up dance classics. With his love of the music, guitar, showmanship and having a grand time, a band like this was inevitable.

It eventually came time to dust off the old Hammond b3 and her sister Leslie Speaker, add a few horns to the mix whilst incorporating the tough and very necessary foundational element of drums and bass; voila, The Comb Down was born. Focusing specifically on the musical styles of 1960’s-1970’s funk, paying proper homage to the historic nuances, attire and instrumentation is something that the band doesn’t take lightly.

Aside from playing with The Comb Down, members of the band travel musically through many different genres and styles. The musicians in this group have been seen with acts such as, John Brown’s Body, Dispatch, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Big Mean Sound Machine, Mutron Warriors, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Road Man, The Nth Power, Sophistafunk, Guster, Funky Dawgz Brass Band, Thunder Body, Don Most from Happy Days, Double Tiger, Black Castle and The Crucials, in naming a few.

Venue Information:
State Theatre of Ithaca
107 West State St.

Ithaca, NY, 14850