Update on Big Star’s Third Show in NYC


Big Star’s
Third/Sister Lovers to be performed by all-star collective eaturing Norman
Blake of Teenage Fanclub, Jody Stephens of Big Star, R.E.M’s Mike Mills ,
Matthew Sweet, M Ward and more.


By Blurt Staff


It was just a few days ago when we posted news that the
Chris Stamey-organized “Big Star’s Third” concert had plans for staging in New
York City on March 26, following shows in December and then again this week in
North Carolina. The official press release just arrived on the NYC event, which
will take place that date at the Baruch
POerformign Arts
Center. Below is the
information – tickets go on sale on Feb. 17 and the proceeds from the event
will benefit the New Orleans Musicians Clinic
and El Sistema NYC.




Big Star’s third album, Third/Sister Lovers,
has long been revered by artists and critics as one of the most influential
albums ever produced. Written and recorded when the legendary 70s band was
primarily a studio project consisting of Alex Chilton and Jody Stephens, the
third album was never been performed in public with the original string and
wind orchestrations. That changed in December 2010, when an all-star band
unearthed the original scores, assembled an orchestra and performed Big Star’s Third at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, NC.
Performers that night included Jody Stephens (Big Star), Mike Mills (R.E.M.),
Mitch Easter (Let’s Active), Chris Stamey (the dB’s) – the creative genesis
they experienced prompted plans for a historic concert in New York City. Tickets go on sale Thursday,
February 17th at 11am.


 On March 26th, a mind-boggling array
of indie rock all-stars will gather to perform Big Star’s Third at Mason Hall.
Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub), Mitch Easter (Let’s Active), Ira Kaplan (Yo La
Tengo), Tift Merritt, Mike Mills (R.E.M.), Will Rigby (the dB’s), Matthew
Sweet, Chris Stamey (the dB’s), Jody Stephens (Big Star) and M. Ward (She &
Him)  will be joined by The Lost in the Trees Orchestra with Jane
Scarpantoni, Django Haskins (The Old Ceremony), Brett Harris, Sidney Dixon and
Matt McMichaels to recreate the original scores and breathe life into a
bittersweet album that has impacted generations of musicians. Some very special
guests will be announced in the days to come. As the evening unfolds, Chilton
and Stephen’s musical ideas that were far ahead of their time 35 years ago will
resonate in the hands of a collective of sympathetic, top-notch musicians.
“We have been trying to create a concert piece that can have a life in years
to come, trying to keep the spirit of the music and make it come across with
the right emotions live,” Stamey told Indy Week. “There’s something
about this record that connects with my generation, and apparently many


The assemblage will perform Third/Sister
Lovers in its entirety – fans can expect additional Big Star and Chris Bell
songs as well. “It’s easier as time passes to revisit that album because
it came out of such a dark period,” Big Star drummer Jody Stephens told
the Raleigh News and Observer.  “There were brilliant moments in the
studio, especially Carl Marsh’s string arrangements, which really take it to a
whole other world. But it could be emotionally difficult to watch certain
things happen. I was so close to it at the time that I could not see what it


Preparing for the performances was a
challenge.  “The original written scores for the record were long
missing,” Chris Stamey says. “But John Fry at Ardent Records was able to supply
us with elements of the original multitrack tapes. Composer Carl Marsh, who
wrote the ground-breaking charts for the original record, used these tapes to
precisely re-transcribe his arrangements. And I’ve orchestrated anew some other
elements of the recordings for the players, in order to recreate live some of
the aleatoric studio effects.”



Baruch Performing Arts
Center (at Baruch College)

Mason Hall

17 Lexington (enter on
23rd St bet Lexington
& 3rd Ave.)

Box Office:  (646) 312-4085

Tickets go on sale at 11:00am Thursday, February 17th




@ 6pm -Show @ 7pm


Profits from the concert will benefit both
the New Orleans Musicians Clinic and El Sistema NYC.


For more information on Big Star Third
visit: www.bigstarthird.com


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