By JOHN DALY
Wild Honey Foundation will present The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society album in its entirety as a fundraiser for the Autism Think Tank on Saturday at the historic Alex Theatre.
The event will take place at 8 p.m.. The Alex Theatre is located at 216 N. Brand Blvd., in downtown Glendale.
Led by acclaimed musical director Rob Laufer, Wild Honey Orchestra and Friends will present a faithful recreation of the Kinks’ 1968 masterpiece, with an additional full set of Kinks songs from the pre-1973 era.
All of the record’s 15 songs will be performed with exacting detail by musicians and vocalists dedicated to and in love with this music. In the tradition of Wild Honey’s recent benefit events (Buffalo Springfield, The Band, Beach Boys ’67-’77, Big Star, and three Beatles shows), Wild Honey Orchestra and Friends will passionately celebrate every musical nuance of The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society.
Guest performers include: The Baseball Project-Mike Mills (R.E.M.); Steve Wynn (Dream Syndicate);Linda Pitmon, Scott McCaughey (Minus 5); Elliot Easton (The Cars); Dennis Diken (Smithereens); Redd Kross; Syd Straw; Carla Olson; Mike Viola; Peter Asher; Bill Janovitz (Buffalo Tom); Jason Falkner; Nick Guzman; Terry Reid; Darian Sahanaja; Steve Stanley; Dan Wilson; Probyn Gregory; Clem Burke (Blondie); Andrew Sandoval;John Easdale; Kristian Hoffman; Carla Olson; Those Pretty Wrongs (the duo of Jody Stephens [Big Star] & Luther Russell); Kristian Hoffman; The Three O’Clock; Peter Holsapple & Chris Stamey (The dB’s); Thomas Walsh (Pugwash); Mark Eitzel (American Music Club); Freedy Johnston; Dennis Diken (Smithereens); Anna Waronker, Rachel Haden (that dog.); Ira Kaplan (Yo La Tengo); Millie McGuire;Bebopalula; and Jackshit (featuring Pete Thomas, Davey Faragher and Val McCallum).
Current members of the Wild Honey Orchestra include a who’s who of respected L.A. recording artists: musical director Rob Laufer, guitar, vocals; Jim Laspesa (Brian Wilson/Dave Davies), Roy McDonald, drums; David Goodstein, drums/vocals; Derrick Anderson (The Bangles); David Nolte (Dave Davies); David Jenkins, Ronnie Barnett (Muffs), bass guitar; Chris Price (Emitt Rhodes); Willie Aron, keyboards, vocals; Jordan Summers (Jakob Dylan); Danny McGough (Tom Waits and more); Emeen Zarookian, keyboards; Nick Vincent, percussion and vocal arranger; Tara Austin & Kristi Callan (background vocals); Dan Rothchild, bass; Andrew Sandoval, Rob Bonfiglio, guitar; Nelson Bragg, percussion; Probyn Gregory; Kaitlin Wolfberg (L.A. String Explosion), Heather Lockie, Ruti Celli, Ashley Jarmack, Kat Nockels, Lyn Bertles, strings.”
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 (autismthinktanknj.org).