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Big Star's Third

Alex Theatre, 216 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale

Concord Bicycle Music presents the music of Memphis legends Big Star, performed by an all-star lineup of musicians and guest vocalists, in ‘Thank You, Friends: Big Star’s Third Live.’ The concert event features fan favorites such as ‘In the Street,’ ‘September Gurls’ and ‘Thirteen,’ as well as the entire Third album.

While the band might not be Big Star per se, the fabled group’s sole surviving original member, Jody Stephens, heads an all-star cast, including latter-day Big Star alumni Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer of the Posies, Mike Mills of R.E.M., Mitch Easter of Let’s Active, and Chris Stamey of the dB’s.

Also joining are Jeff Tweedy and Pat Sansone of Wilco, Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo, Robyn Hitchcock, Dan Wilson of Semisonic, Benmont Tench from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Jessica Pratt, Brett Harris, Django Haskins, Skylar Gudasz, and more. The entire concert will be joined by a full chamber orchestra helmed by the Kronos Quartet, performing scores created directly from the original multi-track tapes from Ardent Studios for this event. Carl Marsh, who wrote the original Big Star orchestrations, will conduct.

The concert will be filmed as part of a DVD release, directed by Yes Equals Yes, slated for Spring 2017.

Doors Open: 7:00 pm Event Start Time: Promptly at 8:00 pm

Big Star's Third

The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., San Francisco

Big Star's Third

An Orchestrated Performance of Big Star’s legendary Third album and more, featuring Jody Stephens (Big Star), Mike Mills (R.E.M.), Dan Wilson (Semisonic), Chuck Prophet, John Vanderslice, Mitch Easter (Let’s Active), Chris Stamey (the dB’s), Ira Kaplan (Yo La Tengo), Pat Sansone (Wilco), Django Haskins (The Old Ceremony), Skylar Gudasz, Brett Harris, Ralph Carney, Samantha Perez (The She’s), and Special Guests.

Those Pretty Wrongs with Dan Wilson

Ivar Theater, 1605 Ivar Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90028

Wild Honey presents "They Never Play L.A. Enough" for the Autism Think Tank.

Jody and Luther will be joined by Semisonic frontman and GRAMMY Award winning producer, Dan Wilson.

Big Star's Third LIVE w/ Kronos Quartet conducted by Van Dyke Parks

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, Hellman Hollow, San Francisco, CA

Big Star's Third will perform live at the FREE Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco.

Featuring an all-star lineup:

Jody Stephens, Mike Mills (R.E.M.), Chris Stamey (the dB's), Ken Stringfellow (Big Star/The Posies), Pat Sansone (Wilco) Ralph Carney, Audley Freed (The Black Crowes), Brett Harris and Skylar Gudasz with a Chamber Orchestra featuring Kronos Quartet conducted by Van Dyke Parks and special guest singers Steve Earle, Robyn Hitchcock & Chatham County Line.

Big Star's Third LIVE w/ Kronos Quartet & Van Dyke Parks

Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell St., San Francisco, CA

JUST ANNOUNCED

Big Star's Third will perform live in San Francisco at the Great American Music Hall on Thursday October 1st.

Featuring: Jody Stephens Mike Mills (R.E.M.) Ken Stringfellow Chris Stamey (The dB’s) Pat Sansone (Wilco) Audley Freed (Black Crowes) Brett Harris Ralph Carney & Skylar Gudasz

with a Chamber Orchestra featuring Kronos Quartet conducted by Van Dyke Parks.

Big Star's Third LIVE

First Avenue, 1st Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55447

Big Star's Third performing LIVE at First Avenue in Minneapolis on Wednesday September 30th.

Featuring: Jody Stephens Mike Mills (R.E.M.) Chris Stamey (The dB's) Ken Stringfellow Charles Cleaver Audley Freed (The Black Crowes) Brett Harris Skylar Gudasz Jim Boquist Josh Grier (Tapes & Tapes) Dave Pirner (Soul Asylum) Linda Pitmon Trapper Schoepp Matt Wilson (Trip Shakespeare) The Woodland Bros. and special guests The Chris Stamey Group

Chris Bell Tribute Concert

Hi-Tone Cafe, 412 N. Cleveland st., Memphis TN 38104

The first ever tribute concert for Big Star's founder Chris Bell! An all-star band, lead by Adam Hill of Ardent Studios, performs songs from Bell's acclaimed "I am the Cosmos" LP and Big Star's "#1 Record." Special guests include Van Duren, Richard Rosebrough, and more. Further details on the roster of "special-guest" musicians will be announced soon.

$13 Age limit: 18+

Press/Play: A Celebration of John Fry and John Hampton

Levitt Shell, 1928 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN 38104

We hope you can join us for "Press/Play: A Celebration of John Fry and John Hampton" at the Levitt Shell on April 22nd. The show will feature Jon Auer, Ken Stringfellow, Jody Stephens and guests performing classic Big Star songs as well as performances by Gin Blossoms and Tora Tora. The show is free and begins at 6:30PM.

Age limit: All ages

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Record Store Day: Jesus Christ 10" 

RECORD STORE DAY 4-16-16
Jesus Christ 10" (blue vinyl)
re-stock now available at Ardent Music

In case you missed it the first time around, our blue vinyl Jesus Christ is now available at Ardent. Don't miss out!
 

LIVE WLIR Broadcast (1974) Pre-Order 

Big Star's Live album from a WLIR broadcast in 1974 will be available for the first time digitally on April 22nd.
The album was mastered directly from the original two-track tapes. 

Pre-order on iTunes here.


 

Big Star's Third in California 


Big Star's Third returns in 2016 with two shows in California. 

April 24th at The Fillmore in San Francisco 

Lineup will include Jody Stephens, Mike Mills (R.E.M.), Dan Wilson (Semisonic), Chuck Prophet, John Vanderslice, Mitch Easter (Let’s Active), Chris Stamey (the dB’s), Ira Kaplan (Yo La Tengo), Pat Sansone (Wilco), Django Haskins (The Old Ceremony), Skylar Gudasz, Brett Harris, Ralph Carney, Samantha Perez (The She’s), and Special Guests. 

April 27th at the Alex Theatre in Glendale 

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SXSW Music Conference 

This week Jody will travel with Ardent Studios to Austin, TX to take part in the SXSW Music Conference.
Ardent is celebrating a milestone birthday in 2016, having been operating for 50 years!

Jody will be on the panel along with some key players in the Ardent Studios history:
Jimmie Vaughan, Luther Dickinson, Joe Hardy and Adam Hill.
The panel will be moderated by longtime writer and contributor to Rolling Stone, David Fricke.  Read more