Pleased to make your ‘AQuaintance’

Photo courtesy of AqueousAqueous has garnered increasing popularity on the national jam band circuit. The band set two concerts for the Silver Lake Twin Drive-In.

SILVER LAKE — Once upon a time, there was the Grateful Dead.

Then came jam band royalty such as Phish, moe ... and Aqueous.

The Buffalo-based indie-jam band has garnered a devout national following with its mix of virtuosity, hooks, and rock’n’roll songcraft. And at a time when almost every other concert by any performer is canceled nationally, they’re set to perform Aug. 7 and 8 at the Silver Lake Twin Drive-In.

“It’s incredible,” said event coordinator and band liaison Phil Vasile, who worked with drive-in owner Rick Stefanon to bring it all together. We’re just happy to be able to host an event ... I’m just grateful Rick was open to it. It’s pretty amazing.”

So exactly how did the drive-in managed to land a national act in a time of COVID-related shutdowns?

Vasile’s a music enthusiast and a big fan of Aqueous — the band’s devotes are technically known as “AQuaintances.” And he felt bad that their entire tour schedule got scrubbed due to the coronavirus shutdown.

As it turns out, drive-in theaters are one of the very few venues that can host concerts. So he got in touch with Stefanon, contacted the band, and things came together.

“I went to Rick and said, ‘Let’s do something for the community, let’s do something for the band,” Vasile said. “So it’s like I bought two sets of my friends together and we have a great opportunity to put together a banger of a show.”

Stefanon said he’d heard about Aqueous’ growing popularity from Vasile.

“Looking into it, they played some places in Buffalo that went over extremely well, so they have a pretty big following so we decided to approach them,” Stefanon said. “Their promoter said they were interested in playing down here and it all seemed to fall into place.”

Numerous safety measures will be in place for the shows, Vasile said.

The drive-in can only sell to half-capacity. People can listen from their cars, or outside their car, but still in their parking space.

If you’re walking around, you’ll need to wear a masks. Groups are limited to 10 people, and if more start to gather, they’ll be asked to split up.

“We’ve researched everything and we’ve found the safest way to go about this,” Vasile said. “That’s what Rick’s concern was when we first started. That was the hardest part — how to keep it a safe event and keep everybody happy.”

Gates open at 3:30 p.m. each day for the all-ages show. Tickets are available at for Aug. 7 and for Aug. 8.

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