At the end of this month I will be playing with Big Star’s Third: An Orchestrated Live Performance of the Legendary Album. As part of the 20 piece orchestra, I'll be playing timpani, steel drum, shaker, cowbell and possibly some drumset - though original Big Star drummer Jody Stephens will be taking care of most of the drumming duties.
Here are the details: we play the Vic Theater on June 28th, and then play a free show at NYC's Central Park on June 30th. Both shows will have several guest musicians and artists.
Guest performers for Chicago are: Ken Vandermark, Sally Timms (The Mekons), Ed Roeser (Urge Overkill), Tim Rutili (Califone), Gary Louris (the Jayhawks), and Josh Caterer (Smoking Popes).
In New York City guest performers will be: Sharon Van Etten, Richard Lloyd, Kurt Vile, Marshall Crenshaw, Pete Yorn, Reeve Carney (Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark), Jonathan Donahue (Mercury Rev), The Uptown Horns and Becky Stark (Lavender Diamond), and the famed cellist Jane Scarpantoni.
The band for these gigs will consist of Mike Mills (R.E.M.) on bass; Mitch Easter (Let’s Active), Chris Stamey (The dB’s) and Ken Stringfellow (The Posies, Big Star) on guitar; Charles Cleaver on keys; Django Haskins (of The Old Ceremony), Brett Harris and Skylar Gudasz on harmony and guitar; and original Big Star member Jody Stephens on drums.
There is an additional private show happening in NYC that will be taking place at the old CBGB's location. For that gig, Jody isn't available, so I'll be filling in for him on drums that day.
For more info about the Chicago show: Click Here
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And more info about Big Star’s Third: An Orchestrated Live Performance of the Legendary Album: Click Here