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TONIGHT: Van Dyke Parks - MOCAD with Laura Finlay

This past fall, Parks announced his first new music in over 15 years with the launch of a unique series of 7" vinyl art singles with artwork by Ed Ruscha, Art Spiegelman, Frank Holmes and more. He also released Arrangements Vol. 1, a compilation of some of his greatest works, with Pitchfork saying, "the songs selected on 'Arrangements' are uniformly fantastic (8.6 'Best New Reissue')." Parks also toured with Fleet Foxes in October and has been working with Grammy-nominated artist Skrillex, which he discussed in a recent article with the LA Times.

Parks has been at the heart of some of the great albums of the last 50 years including Brian Wilson's 'lost' masterpiece Smile, Randy Newman and Ry Cooder's first recordings, and Joanna Newsom's critically acclaimed 2006 album YS. LA Weekly heralds him as "a culty wingman whose fingerprints are conspicuous on several gargantuan moments in pop history," and AV Club notes he is "one of the most distinctive, idiosyncratic contributors to the American songbook." In February, Parks performed at NPR's 'Mountain Stage' and recently released the final two installments of his 7" vinyl art singles on March 20th - 'Sassafrass/ The All Golden' featuring artwork by Billy Edd Wheeler/ Klaus Voormann and 'Missin' Missippi/ The Parting Hand" with artwork by Sally Parks/ Stanley Dorfman.
Saturday, April 7, 8PM
Van Dyke Parks with special guests Devin, Gary & Ross and Laura Finlay
Admission: $10
Songwriter and performer, Van Dyke Parks is the celebrated mind behind some of Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys' most notable releases, Smile and Pet Sounds. Parks has produced, arranged, or played on albums by artists as diverse as Tim Buckley, U2, Randy Newman, Harry Nilsson, The Byrds, Cher, Rufus Wainwright, Sam Phillips, Ringo Starr, Frank Black, The Manhattan Transfer, Keith Moon, Carly Simon, T-Bone Burnett, Bonnie Raitt, Gordon Lightfoot, Fiona Apple, Ry Cooder, Joanna Newsom, The Everly Brothers, Saint Etienne, Scissor Sisters, Laurie Anderson, and Susanna Hoffs/Matthew Sweet's covers collection. On this rare Detroit appearance Van Dyke Parks will perform on piano with minimal accompaniment.

Devin, Gary & Ross is a band consisting of Devin Flynn and Gary Panter accompanied by Ross Goldstein. They do covers of old psyche songs and some originals. It's wild and weird and it will happen in Joshua White and Gary Panter's Light Show.

Laura Finlay will be stepping out of her role as chanteuse for The Detroit Pleasure Society to present a sultry lounge act comprised of horns, piano, guitars and her beautiful songs.

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