The first-ever performances of Big Star’s legendary #1 Record and Third albums, by members of Big Star, R.E.M., The Bangles, Semisonic, The dB’s, Let’s Active, Galaxie 500, Yo La Tengo, and others, conducted by Van Dyke Parks.
If you were to ask us why we’re doing Trunkworthy at all, Big Star would be at the very top of our list. We want to be here to provide the kind of passionate advocacy that launched a band like Big Star from obscurity into its rightful, revered place in pop culture.
So we’re very proud to join forces with the Wild Honey Foundation to present the first-ever live L.A. performance of the classic Big Star albums Third and #1 Record. Featuring an all-star lineup of musicians and guest vocalists, the event will be a benefit for the Autism Think Tank and will take place Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 8 p.m., at the historic Wilshire Ebell Theatre.
“In some ways, this rights a wrong that goes back four decades,” says Trunkworthy cofounder Gary Stewart. “L.A. never had a chance to hear the original band play these hugely influential albums on tour, so this is the next best thing.”
The fabled group’s sole surviving original member, Jody Stevens, heads an all-star cast, whose membership includes the likes of latter-day Big Star alumni Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer of the Posies, R.E.M’s Mike Mills, Let’s Active’s Mitch Easter, Chris Stamey of the dB’s, and others. They will be augmented by guest vocalists including The Bangles, Pete Yorn, members of the rising L.A. band Grouplove, Dan Wilson of Semisonic, Galaxie 500’s Dean Wareham, Jason Falkner, Tommy Keene, newcomers Brett Harris, Django Haskins, and Skylar Gudasz, joined by a full chamber orchestra conducted by Van Dyke Parks and helmed by the Section Quartet. For this event, original scores were created directly from the original multitrack tapes from Ardent.
“What makes this special is that all the people performing this music were either associated with, or influenced by, Big Star,” says Trunkworthy’s Stewart. “It’s both a concert and a homecoming.”
Much like Nick Drake, the Velvet Underground, or other critically esteemed artists whose work only gained commercial traction long after its initial release, Big Star’s trademark mix of shimmering jangle pop with a side of elliptical melancholia was originally let loose into a world that just wasn’t ready for it. Nonetheless, an underground core of fanatical enthusiasts kept the fire burning, and the Big Star sound burrowed its way into both impressionable young musicians’ ears and the very DNA of post-punk college rock itself.
As with Wild Honey’s sold-out Revolver/Abbey Road show at the Wilshire Ebell, this event will benefit the Autism Think Tank. The nonprofit organization brings together a team of top autism specialists to tackle the seemingly intractable and painful medical and psychological problems faced by children like Wild Honey co-organizer Paul Rock’s ten-year-old son Jake. Building on their success, the proceeds from this show will help the Think Tank relieve the suffering of even more kids like Jake.
“This benefit serves the second strand of Trunkworthy’s mission,” says Stewart. “We also believe in giving back to the community, so pairing with the Wild Honey Foundation on this benefit concert made perfect sense.”
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