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The Wild Honey Orchestra & Friends Play THE KINKS ARE THE VILLAGE GREEN PRESERVATION album in its entirety & bonus songs from the same era. Hosted by writer Chris Morris, the event, which will benefit the Autism Think Tank, will take place Saturday, February 23rd, 2019 at 8 p.m., at the historic Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd. in downtown Glendale, Calif.

Led by acclaimed musical director Rob Laufer (whose credits include George Martin’s Hollywood Bowl tribute to Sgt. Pepper), Wild Honey Orchestra and Friends will present a full and faithful recreation 1968’s masterpiece THE KINKS ARE THE VILLAGE GREEN PRESERVATION SOCIETY, with an additional full set of Kinks songs from the pre-1973 era to augment and paint the full picture of this masterpiece .

All of the album’s fifteen songs will be performed with exacting detail – every oboe, Mellotron, vintage acoustic twelve-string, harpsichord and cello will be represented by the real instruments – by musicians and vocalists dedicated to and in love with this music. The Wild Honey Orchestra players have backed up everyone from Brian Wilson to Arthur Lee, and have earned international respect for bringing tricky studio creations to the live stage.

In a 2018 essay, Pete Townshend describes Village Green as “a pop masterpiece.” The Sydney Morning Herald recently declared: “it’s impossible to imagine British pop without The Kinks’ Village Green. The album was a flop in ’68, but the conscious preservation of English voices and characters was upheld by countless Kinks fans from Bowie to the Clash, XTC, the Jam, Madness and the ’90s Britpop of Blur, Pulp and Oasis.” In the tradition of Wild Honey’s previous benefit events (Buffalo Springfield, the Band, Beach Boys 67-77, Big Star, and three Beatles shows), Wild Honey Orchestra & Friends will passionately celebrate every musical nuance of Kinks‘ brilliant material from this era with full instrumentation (strings, horns, and more).

Current members of the Wild Honey Orchestra include a who’s who of respected L.A. recording artists: musical director Rob Laufer, guitar, vocals; Elliot Easton of the Cars, Jim Laspesa (Brian Wilson/Dave Davies); David Goodstein, drums/vocals; Derrick Anderson (The Bangles) and Robby Scharf, bass guitar; Chris Price (Emitt Rhodes) and Willie Aron, keyboards, vocals; Jordan Summers (Jakob Dylan), Danny McGough (Tom Waits and more), keyboards; Dan Rothchild, bass; guitarists Andrew Sandoval & Rob Bonfiglio: Nelson Bragg, percussion; Probyn Gregory, Kaitlin Wolfberg (L.A. String Explosion) and Lyn Bertles, strings.


After performing at the 2015 Wild Honey White Album show, Chris Collingwood of Fountains of Wayne declared the Wild Honey Orchestra to be “just about the most cracking backup band I’ve ever heard. I told my friends that playing with that many amazing musicians behind me felt like piloting a 747.”

As with last year’s sold-out tribute to The Buffalo Springfield with Richie Furay at the Alex, the concert will benefit the Autism Think Tank. This non-profit organization brings together a team of top autism specialists, via an Internet medical conference, to tackle the medical and psychological problems faced by children and young adults with autism.