UPDATE (Friday, April 19, 2013): Organizers have announced that student rush tickets will be available for tonight’s performance, beginning at 6:45 pm, at the box office. Cash or check only, with valid student ID.
A concert by Phosphorescent at the Edmond Town Hall on Friday, April 19, will be “a unique mix of country rock,” said Live at Edmond Town Hall series coordinator Hayden Bates. The show starts at 7 pm.
“I am thrilled that they are coming to Newtown. They are one of my favorite bands in the world at the moment,” Mr Bates said, commenting on their “indie” sound.
Muchacho is Phosphorescent’s most recent album. “A Song For Zula” is the number track so far, said Mr Bates.
A Newtown resident since 2009, Mr Bates has been organizing the Live at Edmond Town Hall series since 2011 as fundraisers to support the town hall’s restoration work.
His fundraising efforts so far, combined with money allocated by the Edmond Town Hall Board of Managers, have provided for upgrades to the theater’s sound and electrical systems. Phosphorescent will be the first act to use the improvements.
“Theater goers will immediately notice a brand new state-of-the-art sound system,” said Mr Bates. “What they won’t notice is a completely overhauled electrical system.”
Past performances had required a generator to produce power because capacity within town hall “could not support a major live act,” he said, adding. “The electrical upgrade is a major undertaking itself — they need to drill through concrete underneath the floor to get the power from the back of the hall to the pit.”
The company doing the installation, DNR Laboratories out of Watertown, has already taken paint samples from the theater to “ensure that the speakers are custom tailored for the room,” Mr Bates said.
When Mr Bates first moved to town in 2009, he said, “One of my first experiences was walking down main street and I stumbled upon [the Edmond Town Hall] and I fell in love with the theater.” Once the town departments had relocated to the municipal building at Fairfield Hills, he said, “The place started to look a little lonely.” He started the Live at Edmond Town Hall series to support projects there. The next fundraiser will go toward adding BluRay to the theater.
“Better technology will offer better visuals,” he said.
Tickets for the April 19 show can be purchased at EdmondTownHall.org, for $25. As guests from out of town and out of state have been purchasing tickets, he suggests buying them online and buying them soon. “I do not want to see Newtown residents miss out,” Mr Bates said.
Lead band member and Alabama native Matthew Houck has delivered five albums as Phosphorescent since his 2003 debut. His albums include To Willie, a tribute to country legend Willie Nelson, and then 2010’s Here’s To Taking It Easy, a plunge into country rock and rolling Americana.
His latest album, Muchacho, flashes yet another color in the subtly shifting Phosphorescent spectrum. The Newtown show will be the band’s only Connecticut date on this tour, and the only show they are playing in a non-major US city.