published Thursday, February 24th, 2011

CSO, The Machine to perform at Riverbend

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    Photo From The Machine: A Tribute to Pink Floyd will join the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera during this year's Riverbend Festival in a full performance of Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon."

The Machine: A Tribute to Pink Floyd will join forces with the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera to re-create one of rock music's best-selling and most enduring albums on June 12 during the Riverbend Festival, according to Joe "Dixie" Fuller, talent and production coordinator.

"Dark Side of the Moon" will be performed in its entirety, complete with guest artists and a laser-light show unlike anything offered in the festival's 30 years, Fuller said.

"They are bringing in an additional laser package and a light show that we ended up spending some extra money on," he said. "They use the same amps and equipment as the original, so it's a verbatim Pink Floyd concert that people will enjoy."

In making the announcement, Fuller said the North Mississippi Allstars Duo, featuring brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson, will perform earlier the same night on the Bud Light Stage. They will be taking a break from opening for Robert Plant's Band of Joy during his summer tour to play here. Luther Dickinson performed at Riverbend three years ago as a member of The Black Crowes.

Also that night, the Jeff Coffin Mu'Tet will play on the Unum Stage. Luther Dickinson and Coffin will join The Machine and the symphony on the Coke Stage for the main event, Fuller said.

"Luther will be doing all the hot guitar parts and Jeff will playing on the Floyd songs like 'Money' and 'Us and Them' that have saxophone parts," Fuller said.

In addition to performing as a solo artist, Coffin is the saxophone player for the Dave Matthews Band and Bela Fleck's band, the Flecktones.

"Dark Side of the Moon" was recorded in 1973 in London's famed Abby Road Studio. It went right to No. 1 on the Billboard charts and stayed on the charts until 1988, a record 741 weeks. The Machine is one of the oldest Floyd tribute bands, having formed in 1988.

Previously announced acts for this year's festival, set for June 10-18, are Miranda Lambert, The Beach Boys, Huey Lewis and the News and Casting Crowns.

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ordinaryguy said...

Riverbend has now hit an all time low...a tribute band? This is a travesty, tribute bands have not one speck of true talent...they can play but where the hell is the had a good lineup going and now Rich Little still alive, hell bring him in!

February 24, 2011 at 6:44 a.m.
one4community said...

Seriously "ordinaryguy"? I'm not a fan of the average "tribute" show, but did you actually read the story and see who was part of the event? Freakin' Jeff Coffin...Dave Matthews sax player...If Rich Little is still alive, maybe they will bring him in if that means you stay out. I haven't been a fan of everything they have done over the year, but I will say, I have enjoyed every night I've been there. Friends, music on the river, summer in Chattanooga...that's what Riverbend has meant to me and so many others. If you want your precious million dollar acts, save us all some energy and take yourself to Bonnaroo and find something there to complain about! At least Chattanoogan's who love our city won't have to listen to you ramble!

February 24, 2011 at 6:54 a.m.
ordinaryguy said...

Riverbend is a great thing for this city...Jeff Coffin is NOT a part of this "tribute band" like you told me "read the article" he is on the UNUM point is they can do better than this even with the limited budget...

February 24, 2011 at 7:19 a.m.
one4community said...

Holy crap dude? Let me spell it out for you since you again did not read the article: "Also that night, the Jeff Coffin Mu'Tet will play on the Unum Stage. Luther Dickinson and Coffin will join The Machine and the symphony on the Coke Stage for the main event, Fuller said."

Yes, indeed it says he will play the Unum stage, but I'm pretty sure...and I'm going out on a limb here, that it clearly states he will be performing on the Coke stage as well. I mean english is my first language, so if I had the english as a second language thing going for me, then I might question my reading skills....but dude, it's in the article!

February 24, 2011 at 7:28 a.m.
discodon said...

"ordinaryguy" - If you have never seen The Machine, you should keep your comments in check until you watch the show. I have seen them play alone and with ASO and I can tell you first hand it is phenomenal! You can think of them as a tribute band, but once the music starts you will be pleasantly surprised, especially if you're a Pink Floyd fan. Don't knock it until you see them. They are no "ordinarytributeband". If this was Zoso or Appetite for Destruction I might agree with your tribute band comment.

February 24, 2011 at 10:08 a.m.
Humphrey said...

I've never seen "the machine" but I've seen pink floyd - "a verbatim Pink Floyd concert " without any actual members of pink floyd can it be "verbatim?" Doesn't that mean word-for-word?

February 24, 2011 at 6:14 p.m.
ordinaryguy said...

I think you are correct Humphrey...kind of like the so called music expert on 102.3 who claims that Dark Side of the Moon is the biggest selling album in rock history, and his street cred for music suffers due to that mistatement...a quick check of the RIAA website shows that The Eagles Greatest Hits 1975-1971 is the top selling album of all time..if you are a PF fan you might enjoy it...

February 24, 2011 at 6:39 p.m.
NoMyth said...

The Riverbend line-up is weak and is time to drop the 60s and 70s acts. Chattanoogans do not seem to realize that they are living in a time warp.

February 24, 2011 at 7:43 p.m.
ordinaryguy said...

At this point I will defend the festival as it does a great job with the money and the talent they can get...Riverbend is going for the demographics that dominate...The last few years have been contention is a tribute band is a tribute band no matter how you sell it..

February 24, 2011 at 7:58 p.m.
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