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The Hatters Reunite to Play The Bowery Ballroom Tonight

August 6th, 2014

They formed in Philly, while attending the University of Pennsylvania in 1988, but Adam “Tree Adams” Hirsh (vocals and guitar), Adam Evans (guitar and vocals), Tom Kaelin (drums), Jon Kaplan (bass), Bill Rives (drums) and Billy Jay Stein (keys) made a name for themselves—as the Mad Hatters—in New York City, playing venues like Wetlands and Nightingales alongside bands like Blues TravelerSpin Doctors and God Street Wine. Combining their love of funk, bluesy Southern rock and Allman Brothers Band–like jamming, the group became known for talented songwriting, an exceptional rhythm section and an energetic stage presence. Plus, they liked to play all night long. They eventually shortened their name to the Hatters and put out three albums before breaking up in 1996. But social media can be a powerful thing, and thanks to fan encouragement on Facebook, the band has reunited, and tonight at The Bowery Ballroom, they’ll perform live for the first time in 18 years. The Tangiers Blues Band open the show.