Thursday, August 15, 2013

Changing the Sound of Music

Since the early 90’s Keller Williams has been a solo act. Using a technique called looping; Keller creates a hybrid of alternative folk and groovy electronica. This technique allows every performance to have a different sound.

During the summer of 2010 Keller went on tour with two of his idols, former Grateful Dead members Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart. “That was a very surreal experience. We rehearsed for a few days and we were on a bus with 12 people, two of them being the original drummers from the Grateful dead.” Grateful Dead influenced

William’s own music, “I studied and learned their music and went to the shows.”  On Saturday, August 17 Mickey Hart will be performing at the Paramount.
Joining Williams on tour is Hawaiian native and ukulele player, Jake Shimabukuro.

Lead singer of alternative rock bank Pearl Jam said, “Jake is taking the instrument to a place that I can’t see anybody else catching up with.” Shimabukuro has performed on shows such as Conan, Jimmy Kimmel, and has even performed for the Queen of England.

After the success of his 2011’s “Peace, Love, Ukulele,” Shimabukuro found himself collaborating with Alan Parsons on his latest project. Parsons is best known for his work on Pink Floyds’ “Dark Side of the Moon” and The Beatles’ “Abby Road.” Parsons brought in a 29-piece orchestra and rhythm section to expand Shimabukuro’s sound. 

 “I feel really connected to this record; it was an honor to work with Alan and all those great musicians. It really felt like old friends coming together- there was so much positive energy surrounding the project- it was a magical experience that I’ll never forget,” said Shimabukuro.
Williams and Shimabukuro will be performing at the Paramount on October 26. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at the box office or through TicketMaster

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