Big Star’s Third: An Orchestrated Live Performance of the Legendary Album

Featuring Mike Mills, Jody Stephens, Sharon Van Etten, Kurt Vile, Marshall Crenshaw, Pete Yorn, Reeve Carney and many more

6.30.2013 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm | (22) Comments | Central Park | Directions to Event ›

Big Star’s Third is a full performance of the iconic album by an astonishing who’s who of rock music featuring famed vocalists including Sharon Van Etten, Kurt Vile, Marshall Crenshaw, Pete Yorn, Reeve Carney (Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark), Jonathan Donahue (Mercury Rev) and Becky Stark (Lavender Diamond), supported by an all-star band including Mike Mills (R.E.M.) on bass; Mitch Easter (Let’s Active), Chris Stamey (The dB’s), Ken Stringfellow (The Posies, Big Star) and Richard Lloyd (Television) on guitar; Dale Baker (Sixpence None the Richer) playing percussion; Charles Cleaver on keys; Django Haskins (The Old Ceremony), Brett Harris and Skylar Gudasz on harmony and guitar; and original Big Star member Jody Stephens on drums, all backed with a twenty-piece chamber orchestra including famed cellist Jane Scarpantoni and the Uptown Horns. In addition, the concert will feature a selection of earlier songs, including the much-hailed “September Gurls” and “In The Streets” (which was used as the theme of the popular TV sitcom “That ‘70s Show,” performed by Cheap Trick).

Originally released in 1978, Third was written and recorded when the band was primarily a studio project consisting of Alex Chilton and Jody Stephens of the legendary Memphis rock band Big Star. The original members drew on the musical styles of British Invasion groups while adding their own dark, cathartic themes to Carl Marsh’s groundbreaking string arrangements. The album, while long out of print, inspired the alternative rock bands of the 80s and 90s via shared mixtapes passed hand to hand. The Replacements famously released a song “Alex Chilton” that paid tribute to his songwriting genius.  R.E.M.’s Peter Buck said, “Big Star served as a Rosetta Stone for a whole generation of musicians.” Third is included on Rolling Stone’s “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time”.  Experience this classic of late 70s power pop through the prism of a one-of-a-kind collective of immensely talented fans of one of the most influential American rock bands ever.

BIG STAR: NOTHING CAN HURT ME is a feature-length documentary about legendary Memphis band Big Star. While mainstream success eluded them, Big Star’s three albums have become critically lauded touchstones of the rock music canon. A seminal band in the history of alternative music, Big Star has been cited as an influence by artists including REM, The Replacements, Belle & Sebastian, Elliot Smith and Flaming Lips, to name just a few. With never-before-seen footage and photos of the band, in-depth interviews and a rousing musical tribute by the bands they inspired, BIG STAR: NOTHING CAN HURT ME is a story of artistic and musical salvation.

BIG STAR: NOTHING CAN HURT ME Opens July 3rd at the IFC CENTER. Also available On Demand and on iTunes starting July 3rd.

More info at: www.magpictures.com

Rules

Please do not bring alcoholic beverages, glass, bottles, coolers, pets, bicycles, rollerblades, folding chairs, beach umbrellas, video cameras or tape recorders. No professional camera gear, telephoto lenses, or flash photography is allowed. All bags are subject to search. Beer and wine are for on­site consumption only and may not be removed from the venue. The distribution or sale of unauthorized promotional materials is not permitted.
  1. John M said on 4.23.2013

    Yay!!!

  2. Lola E said on 4.29.2013

    So excited! This is going to be amazing.

  3. Amy B said on 5.5.2013

    Oh, my heart. You had me at “Mitch Easter”.

  4. Lucy Willians said on 5.13.2013

    So happy this is on when I am arriving in NYC from
    London !!

  5. Bibo said on 5.15.2013

    no folding chairs allowed!

    • cpfadmin said on 5.15.2013

      There are first come first served bleacher seats available at all SummerStage shows. Chairs will not be allowed into the venue.

  6. John M said on 6.1.2013

    Is Urge Overkill playing at this?

  7. David Foss said on 6.3.2013

    I’ll definitely be there! Caught the very last (sob!) BS show in Brooklyn in 2009. This should be amazing.

  8. Mike said on 6.23.2013

    Does the presence of the film “Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me” above mean you are screening the documentary before the performance?

    • cpfadmin said on 6.24.2013

      No, we are not screening the film, this is just a musical performance.

  9. Alex Knowlton said on 6.24.2013

    What a line-up and what a show. Looking forward to the doc, too.

    • cpfadmin said on 6.24.2013

      This is just a musical performance, the documentary will not be screened at our venue. Performances will feature:Sharon Van Etten, Kurt Vile, Marshall Crenshaw, Pete Yorn, Reeve Carney (Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark), Jonathan Donahue (Mercury Rev) and Becky Stark (Lavender Diamond), supported by an all-star band including Mike Mills (R.E.M.) on bass; Mitch Easter (Let’s Active), Chris Stamey (The dB’s), Ken Stringfellow (The Posies, Big Star) and Richard Lloyd (Television) on guitar; Dale Baker (Sixpence None the Richer) playing percussion; Charles Cleaver on keys; Django Haskins (The Old Ceremony), Brett Harris and Skylar Gudasz on harmony and guitar; and original Big Star member Jody Stephens on drums, all backed with a twenty-piece chamber orchestra including famed cellist Jane Scarpantoni and the Uptown Horns.

  10. Neil said on 6.24.2013

    What time do the doors open? Is there an opening act?

    • cpfadmin said on 6.24.2013

      Doors will open at 6pm, one hour before the show starts. There is not an opening act.

  11. George said on 6.25.2013

    3 hours [7-10] seems like a lot for a 19 track CD [75 minutes] and some other songs. Is this really a 3 hour presentation? Will there be an intermission?

    • cpfadmin said on 6.25.2013

      The information that we currently have regarding this show indicates music from 7pm to just before 10pm, with no intermission listed. Follow us on Twitter @SummerStage for any updates day of the show.

  12. Sue Viola said on 6.25.2013

    a free concert with Pete Yorn??? I am so there :)

  13. Alejandro Vigo said on 6.25.2013

    Do we need tickets to get into the venue? How can we get the those tickets?

    • cpfadmin said on 6.26.2013

      This is a free event, first come first served until capacity is reached. No tickets required, just stand in line. Doors open at 6pm, one hour before the music begins.

  14. Rebecca said on 6.26.2013

    Can one person grab more than one ticket (for a friend running late!)? In other words- is it just one ticket per person or is there a higher limit?

    • cpfadmin said on 6.27.2013

      There are no tickets for this show. Guests are admitted first-come, first-in until the venue reaches capacity.

  15. newyorkocity said on 6.29.2013

    Pray for no rain, peace and Alex Chilton.

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