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Local musicians go to the dark side this weekend
• What: ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ concert
• When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday
• Where: McKenzie Theatre, Eastern Oregon University campus, La Grande
• Details: Tickets available at outlets in La Grande, Baker City, Enterprise and Pendleton
Summer Solstice may be the longest day of the year — and a cause for excessive exuberance.
But it does have dark side, at least this year.
A group of local musicians will perform English progressive rock band Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side of the Moon” Friday and Saturday evening at McKenzie Theatre on the Eastern Oregon University campus.
Two shows will be offered on summer solstice, June 21, the first at 7:30 p.m. and the second at 11 p.m., and a final show will be staged at 8 p.m. June 22.
Admission is $25 for limited reserved center seating and $10 otherwise.
Tickets are available at the campus bookstore at Hoke Hall and at Mountaineer Market on Adams Avenue. Other ticket outlets are Benchwarmers and the Longbranch in La Grande, Betty’s Books in Baker City, Terminal Gravity Brewing in Enterprise and Great Pacific Wine & Coffee Co. in Pendleton.
Tickets will also be available at the door.
Money raised will go to buy equipment for the EOU music and theater departments.
Perhaps you remember some of the classic songs from this album that topped the charts not long after being released in March 1973.
The songs include “Time,” “Money” and that all-time favorite “The Great Gig in the Sky.”
With an estimated 50 million copies sold, “Dark Side” is one of the best selling albums ever.
This weekend’s show will open with several musicians performing original and cover songs. Mike Surber and Renee Wells will do a few pieces, followed up by Luke McKern and co-producer for the project, Holly Sorensen.
Then the entire group will launch into the approximate 45-minute-long album, accompanied a specially made video for the performance.
Performers are Surber on vocals, McKern on lead guitar, vocals and bass, Sorensen on vocals, Gregory Rawlins on vocals and sound effects, Wells on vocals, Demetri Rhynoff on drums and percussion, Jocelyn Berado on vocals, Luke Basile on guitars and synthesizers, Barnes on bass, vocals and piano, John McKinnon on piano, organ and synthesizer and Greg Johnson on saxophone.
A special feature will be video, “a visual perspective of our modern local life,” projected to the left and right of the stage featuring a fresh twist on some familiar local scenes.
One of the instigators of the concert, Barnes admits to being a lot better musician than filmmaker. The bass player for the Wasteland Kings and the Depot Street Syncopaters said making the video has been a challenge.
But he is enjoying his first foray into the film arts, thanks to the magic of a GoPro camera.
“One of the cooler shots was at the La Grande Farmers’ Market several weeks ago,” Barnes said. “We attached the GoPro camera to 14 helium balloons to lift off so we could get an airborne perspective.”
The filmmakers cleverly hooked a fishing line to the contraption so when the filming was done it could be reeled back in.
In another shot, Barnes and cohorts ducktaped the GoPro to a small remote control airplane for a unique perspective over the EOU campus. That went well except for one small problem: the airplane crash-landed. That forced McKern, lead guitarist for the show, to climb a tree to retrieve the airplane and camera.
“No humans were hurt in the making of this project,” Barnes said, laughing.
Barnes even wore the GoPro camera on a trip to the dentist.
He said the finished product will include a lot of time-lapse photography and local scenery.
“We tried to film things we see every day but from a completely different perspective,” Barnes said.
The video is not meant to sync with the music but to add to the sensory experience of the event, Barnes said.
For audio and visual samples, check out the website, eoudarkside.org.