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Gary Backstrom

A tribute to Todd Rundgren with The Gary Backstrom Band featuring Greg Hawkes from The Cars.
A Special Concert to Benefit Todd Rundgren’s Spirit of Harmony Foundation and Music Education Advocacy.

Friday, March 20, 2020, at the Regent Theatre, Arlington, MA. 8 PM

Tickets here

THE GARY BACKSTROM BAND
The Gary Backstrom Band is a high energy, original, innovative act featuring the infectious licks and songwriting of nationally recognized guitarist Gary Backstrom. The band’s music features clever, hook-filled songwriting and arrangements with intense interaction among the musicians. The band’s unique sound is exciting, unpredictable improvisation that can only be heard in the best live acts on the scene today.

GREG HAWKES
Greg was a member of the Cars. He joined Todd Rundgren along with Elliot Easton, Kasim Sulton, and Prairie Prince to form The New Cars and still continues to tour with Todd. In 2018, He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Cars

TODD RUNDGREN (He will not appear at this show)
A Wizard, A True Star. The title of Todd Rundgren’s 1973 solo album aptly sums up the contributions of this multi-faceted artist to state-of-the-art music. As a songwriter, video pioneer, producer, recording artist, computer software developer, conceptualist, and, most recently, interactive artist (re-designated TR-i), Rundgren has made a lasting impact on both the form and content of rock music.

THE SPIRIT OF HARMONY FOUNDATION
Todd Rundgren’s Spirit of Harmony advocates for the moral imperative of music education and music performance for youth, beginning at the earliest age possible, offered in schools or as after-school programs. We forge meaningful partnerships among music programs, corporations, and other music education non-profits, engaging supporters and music fans to become involved in working with music education programs nationally and in their communities.

The Spirit of Harmony is a 501(c)3 charitable organization

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Todd Rundgren

A Tribute to Todd Rundgren, Gary Backstrom’s Road to Utopia, comes to the Regent Theatre,  7 Medford Street, Arlington, MA on Friday, June 7, at 8 pm. Tickets here.

Todd Rundgren

Considered by many to be the “Ultimate Rock Cult Hero” Todd Rundgren has maintained a legion of fans through four decades.  Todd’s searing guitar work reached a nationwide audience in his role as lead guitarist for the blues-psychedelic band Nazz. He wrote and arranged almost all of the work that went into the three albums the group produced.

His first big solo success was in 1971 with “We Gotta Get You a Woman” and in 1973 from the double album “Something/Anything?”  He scored big on the charts with “I Saw the Light” and a revision of a Nazz song, “Hello, It’s Me.”

Rundgren has scored huge as a music producer, most notably on Meat Loaf’s “Bat Out of Hell” opus. In the late 1970s and through the 1980s Todd formed the group Utopia, each member an accomplished musician and vocalist. He has also been called on by films and TV for his musical scores and sometimes tours with Ringo Starr as a member of his All-Star Band.

 

Gary Backstrom

Gary Backstrom

Gary Backstrom

Gary is the founder and frontman of the acclaimed Jam Band “Jiggle The Handle.” The Gary Backstrom Band is a Boston-based Band that mixes Soul, R&B, Funk, Rock and Latin grooves blended into a unique sound. Their sound features exciting, unpredictable improvisation that can only be heard in the best live acts on the scene today. Gary is considered “one of the most underrated, fluid, and melodic players in the Northeast.”

Some of the proceeds from this concert will go to

The Alzheimer’s Music Project

The project brings personalized iPods to people living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, helping them reconnect with the world through the music they love.

This will be a quite the night for a great cause.

Tickets Here.