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LOCAL SINGER TO HOLD HOLIDAY BENEFIT CONCERT FOR INTERFACE CHILDREN & FAMILY SERVICES

CAMARILLO, CA – Ventura vocalist Loanne Wullaert is donating her time and talent to help raise funds for Interface Children & Family Services by presenting a special holiday concert, Canzoni Invernali Di Amore (Winter Songs of Love) on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. at the Ventura Theater. Wullaert, will be performing a collection of seasonal songs, including the holiday favorite, O Holy Night.

Wullaert, who first started singing and playing the piano when she was two years old, is excited that her holiday concert will raise money for Interface. “I was adopted by my mom and dad as an infant, and because of that I have always been aware of how lucky I am,” said singer Wullaert. “There are so many children in this world with no home, no parents, in desperate situations, without hope or love. I believe that you can change the world by making an impact on just one person and letting them know someone cares. So if I can raise money, or help get toys or shoes or whatever for just one child who has nothing, I am taking the steps to accomplish my goals and dreams to make this world a better place.”

A silent auction will also be held at the event as another way to raise money. There is a $10.00 suggested donation for the concert and ages 16 and under are FREE. Additional monetary contributions are also welcome. Attendees are encouraged to bring used shoes (any style, any size, any condition) to the concert to help Interface in their shoes collection fundraising efforts to help supply micro-enterprise programs to third world countries. To pre-purchase tickets or for more information visit: http://www.venturatheater.net.

Interface Children & Family Services is one of Ventura County’s leading nonprofit social service agencies. Founded in 1973, Interface works to prevent and heal the effects of child abuse, neglect and abandonment; domestic violence; family conflict and mental health issues. Through its many programs, the organization provides services for those on the social and economic margins of the community. Services focus on strengthening children, families and individuals to be safe, healthy and thriving members of Ventura County’s communities. Interface also operates the county’s most comprehensive domestic violence program, including shelter, support and counseling. The 2-1-1 Information and Referral Service, a 24-hour comprehensive helpline for available no-and-low costs county support services was pioneered and developed by Interface.

Serving approximately 26,000 individuals in the county annually, plus assisting people in need through the 2-1-1 Information and Referral Service, Interface offers effective solutions to the urgent needs of families and individuals in crisis. Through donations and grants from individuals and organizations, as well as by the work of dedicated volunteers and staff, this important work is sustained. For more information please contact Interface Children & Family Services, 4001 Mission Oaks Blvd, Suite I, Camarillo, CA 93012. Phone 805.485.6114. www.icfs.org.

Numbskullshows.com Presents: Black Flag live at The Majestic Ventura Theater on Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Ventura Theater 26 South Chestnut Avenue, Ventura, CA 93001 Venturatheater.net

Black Flag, has reformed and is in the process of putting finishing touches on a new album with founder Greg Ginn (guitarist, primary songwriter, and sole continuous member) on guitar and Ron Reyes (Jealous Again era) on vocals.
Opening act will be: Good For You, a band formed by Mike Vallely (Skateboarding legend and frontman of Revolution Mother and Mike V & The Rats) and Greg Ginn of Black Flag.
Tickets on sale: Monday, March 11, 2013 12pm pacific standard time
Tickets will be $20 advance and $25 day of show
Tickets available at: www.ticketfly.com & Ventura Theater Box Office

Please contact for press and more information:
Numbskull/Lauren Fisher
P: 805 987-2026
E: Lauren@numbskullshows.com

Please contact for Black Flag publicity:
Kat Perry / Bucket City Agency
E: kat@bucketcity.com

GWAR Announces Second Leg of “Fate or Chaos” Tour

After spending months deep inside their arctic fortress working on what will be their next album, your Lords and Masters GWAR have announced their return to the road in North America. The second leg of the “Fate or Chaos” tour is scheduled to kick off April 10th in Tucson, AZ and will run through April 25th in Jacksonville, Florida. Support on the tour will come from Warbeast and Wilson. Tickets go on sale this Friday February 15th.
Briefly putting down the crack pipe, lead throat thing Oderus Urungus spoke about going back on tour:
“As you humans amuse yourself with your mundane holidays, it has been a time of intense activity for GWAR, as we record our 13th studio album– the first one with our new Scumdog brother, Pustulus Maximus!”
The Filth-Lord continued– “We begin this years festivities with the second and final leg of our Fate or Chaos tour, so everybody who missed the first leg can see Cyber-Jesus get his fucking ass handed to him. Then it’s back in the studio to work on all the hulking war machines we shall need on our devastating, brand-spanking new tour, after the album drops at the end of the summer! Can you believe I said drop? How fucking stupid!”
Oderus Urungus and Balsac the Jaws of Death, recently took New York by storm when they were in town filming a segment for the SyFy TV Show “Oddities”.
The guys were once again recruited by MTV’s Next Movie to give their critique of another Steven Spielberg directed, Oscar nominated film. The last time they reviewed a movie for Next Movie they reviewed “War Horse” it was only fitting that “Lincoln” be next. Check out Oderus and Balsac’s review HERE.
Oderus and Balsac recently stole the show .as guests on the “Artie Lange Show”. Check out highlights of their appearance HERE
The summer will also herald the fourth annual GWAR-B-Q, and this year is shaping-up to have the most colossal, bone-crushing line-up yet! But that’s not all from your toxic mutant under-lords. Rumors of boxed sets, GWAR-B-Q sauce, GWAR beer, and long-awaited “comedy” albums abound. Further details about all of these projects would have to wait until “we get our shit together”, said Oderus.
GWAR “Fate Or Chaos Tour” With Warbeast and Wilson
4/10: Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
4/11: San Diego, CA @ House of Blues – Tickets
4/12: Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Cafe – The Strip – Tickets
4/13: Ventura, CA @ Majestic Ventura Theatre – Tickets
4/14: Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory – Tickets
4/15: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex – Tickets
4/16: Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theater & Club
4/17: Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre – Tickets
4/18: Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Lounge
4/19: Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
4/20: Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom – Tickets
4/21: Little Rock, AR @ The Rev Room – Tickets
4/22: Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works – Tickets
4/23: Greenville, SC @ The Handlebar – Tickets
4/24: Orlando, FL @ Beacham Theater
4/25: Jacksonville, FL @ Free Bird Live – Tickets

Make sure to keep up with Oderus’ latest incoherent rants and raves on “The Mad Minute” with Full Metal Jackie. Listen to the latest installment and check out recent “Mad Minutes” at http://www.fullmetaljackieradio.com

CHECK OUT GWAR ON THE WEB

http://www.gwar.net

http://www.gwarbq.com

http://www.youtube.com/gwar

http://www.metalblade.tv/tv

http://www.facebook.com/gwar

http://www.myspace.com/gwarofficial

http://www.gwarjapan.net

ODERUS: http://twitter.com/therealoderus
BALSAC: https://twitter.com/BalSacJoD
GWAR OFFICIAL: https://twitter.com/GWARofficial

IN THE MOOD 1940s Big Band, Swing Dance Musical Revue. Wednesday, April 3rd ~ 7:00 pm

IN THE MOOD celebrates America’s Greatest Generation through the music of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Harry James, Erskine Hawkins, The Andrews Sisters, Frank Sinatra and other idols of the 1940s. The show’s music arrangements, costumes and choreography are as authentic as it gets.
This brassy, upbeat 1940s musical revue features a company of 19 on stage: the sensational thirteen-piece String of Pearls Big Band Orchestra and the In The Mood Singers and Dancers including a high-flying swing dance couple.
In The Mood
Wednesday, April 3rd 2013, 7:00 pm
The Majestic Ventura Theater ~ 26 South Chestnut Street, Ventura, CA 93001
Tickets: VIP seats $39; General Admission: $29
For tickets call the Box Office 805-653-0721 open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 am – 6 pm.
Show Information: www.artbeatshows.org and www.inthemoodlive.com.
Venue Information: www.venturatheater.net
To get a vivid idea about what IN THE MOOD is about, view our YouTube preview:

In The Mood recreates the era with sizzling choreography, sassy costumes and over 40 unforgettable songs performed live on stage, like “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (of Company B),” “In The Mood,” “Tuxedo Junction,” “Sing, Sing, Sing” and more.
Now in its 19th season of sold-out performances across the United States, Canada and England, IN THE MOOD wowed Australia and New Zealand with a 16-city tour during August and September of 2011. (see review below)
IN THE MOOD takes a look at America’s Swing Era, the last time when everyone listened and danced to the same style of music. Swing music ranged from mellow intimate ballads to up-tempo big band rhythms, where the waltz and fox trot competed with the wild, acrobatic jitterbug and jive, and when boogie-woogie crazed hepcats crowded the dance floors.
Swing Music inspired America with a vision for the future filled with hope, promise and prosperity. The music moved the Nation’s spirit and helped to sustain the nation’s morale during World War II, the pivotal event of the 1940s. IN THE MOOD recreates the rhythmic, jazzy, brassy, sentimental, romantic and patriotic music of this important time.
Creator and producer Bud Forrest is a Juilliard trained pianist and conductor who served as accompanist for the Air Force chorus The Singing Sergeants. He compiled the greatest music from the swing era into a revue about the big band era and the influence of this music during the WWII years. The second act is experienced as a moving tribute to those who fought the war.
IN THE MOOD captures the feel of the 1940s in part because of the involvement of the late Vic Schoen as the show’s primary arranger. Mr. Schoen created the musical arrangements for the entire career of the legendary Andrews Sisters. He was one of the seminal creators of the swing-era sound which he imbued into IN THE MOOD.
The National Archives in Washington, DC brought IN THE MOOD to their audiences as part of their commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of WWII, and the response was extraordinary, with crowds lining up for hours before curtain time. Thousands attended an out-of-doors performance on Constitution Avenue, and many stayed to dance the night away. As a result, IN THE MOOD, in affiliation with the USO, began a series of tours which played to audiences across the United States during the 50th Commemoration of WWII.
The band and singers were selected to be part of the entertainment for the 53rd Presidential Inauguration Ball. IN THE MOOD was the National Touring Event for the celebration Spirit of ’45, a national project that recognizes the people who fought WWII and their legacy of a rebuilt Europe and Japan and The United Nations, and salutes those who laid the foundation for America’s peace and prosperity.
IN THE MOOD is constantly being revamped and updated. While there are a number of permanent Swing-Era songs in the show, many are rotated out and replaced with selections from the huge body of Swing-Era music. Bud Forrest greets the audience after every performance and is constantly taking suggestions from patrons of songs they’d like to hear in the show. Likewise, Mr. Forrest recently engaged stage director and noted Broadway choreographer Alex Sanchez to set the show’s jitterbug dances and production numbers. Thus, IN THE MOOD maintains a fresh, dynamic, ever-changing perspective on the culture of the Swing Era. Patrons who have seen the show two or three times are never disappointed as the production constantly evolves.
Be sure to check the overwhelmingly positive patron reviews on the TicketMaster.com web site – 136 Fan Reviews 4.5 / 5 – by looking up “IN THE MOOD” at www.ticketmaster.com. (Tickets to this performance may NOT be available through Ticket Master)
This performance of IN THE MOOD is presented by Artbeat, Inc. a not-for-profit arts presenter. Visit the producer’s website: www.inthemoodlive.com for information on all performances being presented in the near future. For interviews, press information, etc., contact: Dan Torti, Marketing Director: dan@artbeatshows.org ~ (314) 308 6834. See video clip and more at www.artbeatshows.org
High-resolution, downloadable photos available at: www.inthemoodlive.com
Patron Letter to Bud Forrest, Producer, In The Mood
Dear Mr. Forrest

Last evening my husband and I took my parents to see “In the Mood” at the Stadium Theater in Woonsocket, RI. I wanted to share with you observations of my parents during the show.

To give you a little background on my parents, my father was born in 1919, my mother in 1925. He is a WWII veteran who was overseas four years during the war. My mother was attending nursing school wearing the same uniform and cap worn on the show. We children were brought up listening to Big Band music and I have to say didn’t appreciate it much back then.

It wasn’t long after the show began that their feet were tapping to the music, eyes glued to the stage and smiles on their faces. Throughout the show, they were either softly clapping to the music, holding hands, giving each other secret smiles as if to say “remember when…”. Sometimes they would close their eyes and remain still and I knew they were deep in their own memories. Once, when my mother had her eyes close for a while, I leaned over and asked if she was getting tired, she opened her eyes to look at me and whispered, “I’m twenty again”. When Dreams and Stardust were played, my parents were holding hands and back on some dance floor waltzing together. My father was/is a wonderful dancer and my mother pointed to one of the gentleman in the cast and said, “See how he moves, your father moved like that.” Then there was a moment; I don’t remember which song it was, but my Dad starting humming to the music out loud, as he often did at home, drawing attention to everyone around us. What could they say?
He’s 88!

And the crowning touch of the evening was the call to the individual branches of serviceman. Shoulders back, head held high, my father stood along with other veterans. They first seemed hesitant then turned to face the applauding crowd, waving, arms flying, fists raised in victory. The pride, honor, and appreciation of the audience’s acknowledgement that their years of service have not been forgotten were worth more than money could ever buy.

My only regret was that I couldn’t take any photos, not so much the show (although I would have loved that also) but of my parents. The looks on their faces, the rapture and sparkle in their eyes, seeing them not as they are today or even as I remember them while growing up, but as they were in their youth. The years seemed to have faded away from their faces and once again they were young, full of life, dating, dancing, and dreaming of their futures. So thank you and your wonderful, talented singers/dancers and orchestra for the memories and joy you inspire and a precious gift to what remains of the Greatest Generation.

Sincerely,

Connie Whalen, Woonsocket, Rhode Island

IN FLAMES Announces 2013 Headlining Dates

December 6, 2012 (Los Angeles, CA) – Sweden’s IN FLAMES is one of the most respected and well recognized heavy metal acts around the world. The band is currently out on the road as direct support for Lamb Of God, and come February, will be embarking on a headlining tour with Demon Hunter, All Shall Perish and Battlecross. Dates for the first leg of the headlining run are below, along with all other previously announced dates.

IN FLAMES comments, “We are excited to be coming back to North America once again. On this tour we hope to see some old fans and some new fans from cities we have never played before, look forward to seeing you soon.”

IN FLAMES has sold over a million albums in the US alone, with their latest SOUNDS OF A PLAYGROUND FADING debuting at #26 on the Billboard Top 200 Charts in the US and #1 on the German album charts. The music video for “Where The Dead Ships Dwell” off of SOUNDS OF A PLAYGROUND FADING, can be seen here: http://youtu.be/ylfn0o66jwM

Headlining Dates:

02/15/13 – Ventura, CA @ Majestic Theatre

For more information on IN FLAMES, visit:

http://www.inflames.com

https://www.facebook.com/inflames

http://www.centurymedia.com

For all press inquiries including promos, interviews and guest lists, please contact:

Ashley Di Buduo | 323.305.7401 | ashley.dibuduo@centurymedia.com

THE ALL-AMERICAN REJECTS ANNOUNCE SEVEN WEEK CO- HEADLINE TOUR WITH BOYS LIKE GIRLS AND ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FROM THE READY SET AND PARACHUTE

July 24, 2012 – Santa Monica, CA – DGC/Interscope Records recording artists THE ALL-AMERICAN REJECTS return to the road this September in support of their latest release, Kids In The Street. Their co-headline tour, with BOYS LIKE GIRLS, commences September 13 in Hampton Beach, NH at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom.

“We’re beyond stoked to be touring the US again this fall. It’ll be great being out with Boys Like Girls. We haven’t toured with those dudes since 2006, so it should be a fun and memorable reunion for everyone!” said Nick Wheeler.

The All-American Rejects have been busy performing at European festivals as well as accompanying Blink-182 on their International tour. Next month, they are Stateside on a headline tour August 8-30th.

The All-American Rejects fourth cd, KIDS IN THE STREET, was produced by Grammy-nominated producer Greg Wells Adele, Katy Perry, and OneRepublic) Alternative Press raves, Kids In The Street, is “easily their most ambitious and praiseworthy effort to date,” and People Magazine remarks, “a consistently catchy album that will have big kids everywhere pogoing down the block.” Rolling Stone calls Tyson Ritter “a hook-wielding bard.” Check out the video for the second single, “Walk Over Me:” http://vevo.ly/LiM7o0
Since forming in Stillwater, Oklahoma in 1999, The All-American Rejects have released four studio albums: their platinum self-titled debut, featuring the breakthrough hit “Swing Swing,” followed by 2005’s double-platinum Move Along, which spawned the Top 10 hits “It Ends Tonight,” “Dirty Little Secret,” and “Move Along,” as well as the gold-certified When The World Comes Down, featuring the 4-million seller “Gives You Hell,” and their latest, KIDS IN THE STREET. The All-American Rejects, which includes lead singer, lyricist, and bassist Tyson Ritter, guitarist Nick Wheeler, rhythm guitarist Mike Kennerty and drummer Chris Gaylor, have sold more than 4 million albums and 16 million singles worldwide.
Check out The All-American Rejects and Boys Like Girls this fall:

September 13 Hampton Beach, NH Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
September 14 Orono, ME University of Maine – Collins Center
September 15 Philadelphia, PA XFINITY Live!
September 16 Utica, NY Utica Memorial Auditorium
September 19 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
September 21 New York, NY Best Buy Theater
September 22 Boston, MA House of Blues
September 23 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live
September 25 Charlotte, NC Amo’s
September 26 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle
September 27 Nashville, TN Marathon Music Works
September 29 St. Louis, MO Soldier’s Memorial Park Festival*
October 1 New Orleans, LA Mahalia Jackson Theatre
October 2 Houston, TX House of Blues
October 3 Dallas, TX House of Blues
October 5 Austin, TX Emo’s
October 10 Cedar Falls, IA McLeod Center – University of N. Iowa
October 12 Normal, IL Illinois State University
October 13 Royal Oak, MI Royal Oak Music Theatre
October 14 Mt. Pleasant, MI Central Michigan University
October 16 Indianapolis, IN The Egyptian Room
October 21 Denver, CO Summit Music Hall
October 23 Orem, UT Utah Valley State College
October 24 Laramie, WY University of Wyoming
October 25 Blackfoot, ID Club Centenario
October 27 Seattle, WA Showbox SODO
October 28 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom
October 31 San Francisco, CA The Regency Ballroom
November 2 Ventura, Ca The Ventura Theater
additional dates to be announced
The Ready Set from Sept 13th to Oct 14th
Parachute from Oct 16th until the end
*w/o BLG

www.allamericanrejects.com

ODD FUTURE RECORDS ANNOUNCES FALL RELEASES FROM DOMO GENESIS, TRASH TALK, MELLOWHYPE, TYLER THE CREATOR & MIKE G

ODD FUTURE RECORDS ANNOUNCES FALL RELEASES FROM DOMO GENESIS, TRASH TALK, MELLOWHYPE, TYLER THE CREATOR & MIKE G

CAMP FLOG GNAW NATIONAL TOUR SET FOR SEPTEMBER

THE INTERNET ON TOUR WITH KILO KISH SOON

HEAR NEW MELLOWHYPE TRACK “LA BONITA”

This fall Odd Future Records is coming with a full slate of new releases and tours. Starting on August 1st, Domo Genesis will kick things off when No Idols, his collaborative mixtape with the legendary Alchemist drops. Listen to the first taste from the project, “Elimination Chamber feat. Earl Sweatshirt, Vince Staples and Action Bronson” below.
MP3: “Elimination Chamber feat. Earl Sweatshirt, Vince Staples and Action Bronson” –

http://soundcloud.com/life-or-death-pr/domo-genesis-the-alchemist

Following the release of No Idols, The Internet will link with friend and Purple Naked Ladies
collaborator Kilo Kish for a run of East Coast dates starting August 4th, the full itinerary of which is included below.

October will see the release of two long-awaited projects. On October 2nd, Mellowhype’s new album Numbers will be available in stores, featuring all new material from Hodgy Beats and Left Brain. Hear the brand new track “La Bonita” from Numbers below. Trash Talk will release their new album 119, their first full-length since 2010′s Eyes & Nines, on October 9th.

MP3: “La Bonita” – http://soundcloud.com/life-or-death-pr/mellowhype-la-bonita
Tyler, the Creator’s Wolf, the much-anticipated followup to last year’s Goblin, is due in November. More info on this release to be revealed in the coming weeks.
Mike G’s debut LP is also set for a 2012 release. Stay tuned for more details on this one in the near future.
To celebrate all of these releases, Odd Future will embark on the Camp Flog Gnaw National Tour this fall. The tour, set to feature the Odd Future crew, will happen in September, coming to a close in Los Angeles at the first ever Odd Future Carnival. The carnival is set to feature rides, games, a performance by Odd Future and very special guests. Tickets for the tour will be on sale this Friday.
In the meantime, Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange is currently available in stores and digitally. Grab the album from iTunes here.

CAMP FLOG GNAW TOUR DATES

9/29 Ventura, CA

Indie West Fest® 2012 – Bigger and Better! July 26 – 29 at the Ventura Theater (X, The Smithereens, Dengue Fever, music documentaries, and more)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 28th, 2012
Indie West Fest is announcing its second year with an expanded, four-day event of music, movies, and a new venue – the beautiful Ventura Theater. The line-up for 2012 includes: “X”, The Smithereens, Dengue Fever, Gardens & Villa, The Muffs, The Ettes, Old Man Markley, JetStream, Gypsy Death Star, The Pullmen, Jackass, Durango 95, La Vonettes, Whiskey Glass Eye, Pangea, and Massenger.

Last year, Indie West Fest debuted as a bold, diverse, and independently-operated alternative to the agendas of other regional festivals with 36 bands on 5 stages. Drawing from national and local talent, Indie West Fest producer Michael Jones keeps the music fan first in mind, and as a result, expanded this year’s event to accommodate genre-targeted concert nights, and explore a new indoor environment with the Ventura Theater.

Thursday, July 26 will feature local bands from the Ventura area, and the lineup will be announced soon.

Friday, July 27, includes Gardens & Villa, Dengue Fever, The Ettes, Gypsy Death Star, Pangea, and Massenger. Tickets are $15 presale/$20 at door.

Saturday, July 28, includes The Smithereens, The Muffs, JetStream, Durango 95 (all original members), and Whiskey Glass Eye. Tickets are $20 presale/$25 at door.

Saturday also features a special free screening at 4:00 pm of the award-winning documentary “Color Me Obsessed” about the legendary Minneapolis indie rockers The Replacements.

Sunday, July 29, includes “X” (celebrating 35 years of the original lineup), Old Man Markley, Jackass, The Pullmen, and La Vonettes. Tickets are /$35 presale/$40 at door $50 for the VIP Pit Pass.

Sunday also features a special free screening at 4:00 pm of the award-winning documentary “Bob and the Monster” and a Q & A with its subject, indie rock hero and drug counselor Bob Forrest and filmmaker Kierda Bahurth. (Shaker Films)

Doors for all concert nights open at 7:00 pm and shows start at 7:30 pm. This is a family-friendly, all-ages event. There will be vendors on site for food, beverage, three full bars, local artisans and businesses.

More information go to Indie West Fest.

Tickets are available here.

Interviews, pictures, pairs of tickets for contesting and press/photo passes available. Please contact: indiewestfest@gmail.com

Interviews, pictures, pairs of tickets for contesting and press/photo passes available.

Please contact Deborah @ Spinner PR on 323.467.7633 or brosseaupr@aol.com.

For sponsorship opportunities please contact: Michael@indiewestfest.com

DJ Quik to replace Too $hort Saturday June 9th!

Do to some family issues Too Short has had to cancel his show with Bone Thugs N Harmony on June 9th at The Ventura Theater. But we are happy to announce that DJ Quik has agreed to come out and do the show. So now it will be DJ Quik with Bone THugs -N Harmony! If you have any questions please call the box office at (805)653-0721. Thanks!

Greg Lake wowed fans this past Thursday at the Keswick Theatre

Few things excite music fans more than seeing their idol(s) in concert, and the more history there is between them, the more special the show becomes. Considering how revered Greg Lake has become over the last 40+ years (especially in the progressive rock community, as he fronted King Crimson and ELP), it comes as no surprise that his performance this past Thursday night at the Keswick Theatre was as sentimental as it was sensational.

Lakecalls the tour “Songs of a Lifetime,” and considering the mixture of covers and original material, it’s a fitting title. Basically, he played others’ songs that he adored in-between his own hits, as if to say, “I’ll play a song that inspired me and then a song of mine that inspired you.” Just about every piece was bookended with a story (more on that later), and the combination of synchronized lighting effects and backing tracks made the event feel like much more than just a solo act.

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In a surprising acknowledgment to modern music, Lake entered the stage as Kanye West’s “Power” (which features a [sloppy] sample of “21st Century Schizoid Man”) played. Of course, he finished the original song as the rapper’s version concluded, and afterward, he greeted the audience. In addition to the opening song of King Crimson’s debut record, Lake also performed a cleverly arranged synthesis of “Epitaph” and “In the Court of the Crimson King,” as well as “I Talk to the Wind.” Of his hits with Emerson, Lake & Palmer, he performed “From the Beginning,” “Trilogy,” “Still…You Turn Me On,” and “Lucky Man.” He also performed a bit of “Karn Evil 9, 1st Impression Part 2” as an encore.

As for the songs that weren’t his, he paid humble homage to “Shaking All Over” by Johnny Kidd and the Pirates, “Heartbreak Hotel” by Elvis Presley, “Hide Your Love Away” by the Beatles, and “Axis: Bold as Love” by Jimi Hendrix. Finally, his set also included “C’est La Vie,” “People Get Ready,” and Emerson, Lake & Powell’s “Touch & Go.”

While the music was excellent (although the deepness of his voice was a bit unexpected), the recollections were arguably more special. Lake recounted several stories involving King Crimson and ELP, as well seeing Hendrix and Elvis live, playing with Ringo Starr and Yes, and conversing with a Russian man who was imprisoned for owning Pictures at an Exhibition. In addition, audience members were given the chance to tell their own tales about how Lake’s work has affected their lives, which was quite touching.

All in all, it was a great commemoration of Lake’s magnificent body of work, and the modesty with which he honored his idols and contemporaries was endearing. While some attendees might’ve found the backing music too unfamiliar, I thought it was interesting to hear modified versions of Lake’s most prized material. Similar to equally famed vocalist Jon Anderson, Lake is proud to share in nostalgia with longtime fans (and introduce newcomers to one of the most important catalogues in progressive rock). Let’s hope more genre veterans start to follow their lead.