Recipient – AZ Performer of the Year – 2008 Phoenix Music Awards – 18th Annual LA Music Awards
Quirky, eccentric, high-energy and simply unclassifiable, Phoenix AZ’s Captain Squeegee’s main goal is to push the boundaries of music and bend the rules of the industry itself. Since their formation in 2003, they have allowed fate to arrange their current line-up (there are no original members in their roster), which has since performed hundreds of shows and festivals, released two acclaimed albums, and released multiple music videos and a web series entitled “Lucidity,” which will be screening at the 2013 Phoenix Comi-Com. Even before releasing their internationally acclaimed full length, Nothing vs. Everything, the band has made numerous journeys across the southwest with the intent to infect people with their unique sound and their urge to offer something seriously different to the artistic community. Their progressive blend of multi-instrumentation and conceptualized orchestrations have been described as “Fantasia music, with lead singer Danny Torgersen making like Mickey in a swirling maelstrom of flying horns, dancing guitars, broken melodies, and mad-prophet vocalizing” (Phoenix New Times), and was even awarded “Best Album of 2008″ and “Best Hope of 2009″ by French webzine Progressia. Recently, they have collaborated with the ASU Concert Jazz Band for a celebrated concert last month at the Crescent Ballroom (which was described by the New Times’ Anthony Sandoval as “a campy conglomerate of artistic expression as only Captain Squeegee could do it”), are performing in multiple showcases at the 2013 South by Southwest festival in Austin, and are heading into the studio with revered producer Bob Hoag (The Ataris, The Format, Dear and the Headlights) to begin work on a brand new album scheduled for release in late summer.