If you were around in the 1970’s, and listened to FM rock radio, you probably owned Pink Floyd’s legendary album Dark Side of the Moon. With sales of over 45 million, and over 937 weeks on Billboard’s charts, it’s regarded as one of the greatest albums of all time. This year marks its 45th anniversary.
Kona-based guitarist and frontman for Leche de Tigre, Dan Brauer, will be presenting a tribute to Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon called All That Is Now on November 29th at the Kahilu Theatre’s Mike Luce Studio. There’ll be two shows – 7pm [sold-out] & 9pm – and Brauer has assembled an all-star band of Big Island musicians to perform the album in its entirety.
The 11-piece band features Robby Malovic (bass), Joe Lorusso (drums), Jocelyn Michelle (Hammond organ), Scott Van Spronsen (piano, synths), Scotty Nelson (piano), Lauren Broido (slide guitar), Alicia Maher (vocalist), Stephanie Lou Tatum (vocalist), Cayenne Clarke (vocalist), Duncan Bamsey (saxophone), and Dan Brauer (guitar/vocals).
“I heard Dark Side when I was 15,” said Brauer. “It was a huge influence and has resonated with me ever since. It’s always been an idea of mine to do this. Bassist Robbie Malovic and specifically Jonah Lorusso, our drummer, started talking with me about albums to cover and this one came up. It started making sense and the pieces began to come together.”
During the early stages of this project, Brauer realized that it was important to not only have a piano player, but also synth and keyboard players too. “After listening to the album over and over again, and dissecting it, the biggest thing was learning about Rick Wright’s parts [Floyd’s keyboardist], and how important his element was to the sound of the album. We started searching pretty hard, and we found Jocelyn Michelle. She plays at Gertrude’s Jazz Bar in Kona, and tours around the country. We also have Scotty Nelson and Scott Van Spronsen filling in too. They’re going to do that cool organ swirly stuff and clean piano like you hear on ‘The Great Gig in the Sky,’ and ‘Us and Them.’”
Duncan Bamsey will be playing sax on various songs throughout the show. Bamsey, originally from British Columbia, Canada, leads his own Latin jazz group, The Standing Man Trio. He’s also active in the local music scene, freelancing for musicians like Charles Brotman, Brian McCree, Larry Dupio, and many others.
Filling out the remainder of the band is slide guitarist Lauren Broido. “She’s taking care of all the psychedelic slide guitar parts,” says Brauer. “Then there’s the ‘Dark Side Choir.’ Alicia Maher, Stephanie Lou Tatum, and Cayenne Clarke will be doing three-part harmonies. I’m going to sing and play guitar – David Gilmore’s part.”
As of this writing, Brauer’s still working on adding in some visuals to complete the Pink Floyd concert experience. “I’ve talked to some people who have some drone footage of the recent lava flows that might tie the show in with the Big Island.”
If you’re a Pink Floyd fan and want to see some of the island’s best musicians perform this classic rock masterpiece, it’s best to grab your tickets now. According to the theatre, the first show is nearly sold out.
If You Go
What: All That is Now: A Live Tribute to Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon
When: Thursday, November 29, 2018 – 9 pm at the Kahilu Theatre’s Mike Luce Studio.
Admission: $25 (Advance Tickets) / $30 (Tickets on Day-of-Show, at the Door)
Information: Tickets can be purchased at kahilutheatre.org, (808) 885-6868 or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office, located at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Kamuela.
Read a Leche de Tigre concert review here: https://www.bigislandmusic.net/review-leche-de-tigres-mighty-roar-at-mike-luce-studio/