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
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.
For more information on van Dyke Parks visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van_Dyke_Parks