Beck’s “Song Reader” Comes Alive

I guess I’m a man of few words this week (not really), but the description below from the Facebook event for this show does all my work for me. Let’s face it, Psyko Steve is something of a local  treasure and on  this occasion he has put together some of our most amazing local talent and put together an  event where they can do something revolutionary. I’m not even sure that this has ever been achieved yet in a concert setting. My true hope is that this entire event is both recorded in sound and vision, then I hope it is sent to Beck Hansen. And if they don’t have his email address, I do. Nevertheless, I think this is a monumental event and I can’t wait to see it, but I will let the post for this speak for  itself. Also, as is reminded below, all proceeds go to charity.

A live performance of “Song Reader” by Beck, along with some of Beck’s classic songs, as performed by:

Jim Adkins
Wooden Indian
Mr. Mudd & Mr. Gold
Black Carl
Adele Stein
Tobie Milford
Emby Alexander with the Phoenix Chamber Brass
Spirit Cave

In December of 2012, Beck released his latest album “Song Reader” exclusively as a book of sheet music. Beck has yet to release any official recordings of the 20 songs from the book. Instead he has encouraged musicians to record their own versions of his songs and post the online, on the albums own website and sites like YouTube.

On Thursday April 4th, a collection of these songs will be performed live, possibly for the first time ever in a concert environment, by a group of some of the best musicians in Phoenix. Each artists will have to choose songs from the song book and perform their own interpretation of the song live having never listened to an official version as a frame of reference. For the audience they will get to hear these “covers” with a fresh set of ears having never heard an original to compare with.

The proceeds of the event will be donated to Rosie’s House. Rosie’s House: A Music Academy for Children is committed to playing a pivotal role in a child’s future and strengthening our community. At Rosie’s House, a free music academy for children in inner-city Phoenix, they believe music education is a catalyst for changing the life of a child. They work to build the heart, mind, character, home, community and future of their students through the power of music education.

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