Push Down & Turn to break up after 11 years 

One of Indiana"s most enduring and popular rock bands will call it quits this weekend after nearly 11 years of performing.

Push Down & Turn will play a farewell show Saturday night at the Patio, ending a career that began when its five members were students together at DePauw University in Greencastle.

The reason for the split is lead singer Jason Brown"s decision to leave the band. The remaining four members will stay together and continue later this year under a new name.

Brown said that making the decision wasn"t easy, but he felt it was time for something new after so many years together.

"We started the band as good friends and we"re ending it as friends," he said. He came to his decision after becoming frustrated over the past few years. "While I still feel that our shows have been a positive and entertaining experience for both fans and band members alike, we have been unable to produce new material and practice together to improve as we did during the band"s earlier years," he said in a letter on the band"s Web site. He said that increased demands in the band members" lives - spouses and children - have left little time for the band to progress and grow.

He originally called the split a hiatus, but quickly made it a permanent thing. Three-time winners of NUVO"s Readers Choice polls for Best Local Band, PD&T became known in the mid-1990s for its crowd-pleasing, energetic live shows and its ceaseless touring.

The band recorded three studio albums, most recently Twelve Days In April, which featured production work from Paul Mahern. In 1997, the band played several dates on the H.O.R.D.E. Tour with Beck, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Primus, Neil Young and many others. PD&T was featured on a compilation album with acts from the tour.

Over the years, the band has played with Bush, the Smithereens, Peter Frampton, The BoDeans, The Ramones, Letters to Cleo and Blessid Union of Souls, among others.

In interviews, band members chose the H.O.R.D.E. dates, as well as a memorable X-Fest show at Verizon Wireless Music Center in 1999, as highlights of their career together.

The group came together in 1992 when bassist Tay Bourquein and keyboardist Jason Barth began playing together at the start of their junior year at DePauw. Drummer Matt DeVore quickly joined the group.

Guitarist Sam King and singer Ezra Hale joined the group, and the five moved into a house together to write and rehearse material. After recording their first album in the summer of 1992, the band made the decision to drop Hale and add Brown as the lead singer.

"I was a big fan of the group before I was the singer," he said. Brown, in fact, gave the band its name.

The show Saturday will be a marathon event for the band, which plans to play for hours and hours for its loyal base of fans. The group"s merchandise and albums will be available at the show.

After that, Barth says, the four remaining members will take time off to rehearse new material. "We"re not going to use the name Push Down & Turn without Jason in the band," he said. "But we will continue playing together." Brown plans to work in music again but is unsure of his future plans. "I"m just going to take some time off and re-examine what I"m doing musically," he said.

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