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John Lodge Of The Moody Blues - The 10,000 Light Years Tour

Infinity Hartford

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Fri, November 03, 2017
Hartford, CT
Show at 8:30 PM

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Price: $59 - $89

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John Lodge Of The Moody Blues -  The 10,000 Light Years Tour

Songwriter, Vocalist, and Bassist of famed rock band The Moody Blues, John Lodge is joining us in Hartford this November. The hall will be rocking all night long from all the mega hits and more. Grab your pair of tickets today and enjoy this one of a kind musical experience!

John Lodge of The Moody Blues

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Artist Bio

John Lodge is bass guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter for the iconic rock band, The Moody Blues. Songwriter of such mega Moody Blues hits from “Ride My SeeSaw,” to “I’m Just A Singer (In A Rock and Roll Band),” “Isn’t Life Strange?” and many more, Lodge has been performing and recording with The Moody Blues for more than five decades, selling in excess of 70 million albums.  Lodge has been voted one of the “10 most influential bass players on the planet,” and has been the recipient of many awards, including ASCAP (American Society of Composers and Publishers), an Ivor Novello Award, to name just a few. He has also released two solo albums; NATURAL AVENUE in 1977, and more recently, 10,000 LIGHT YEARS AGO, as well as the duo album BLUE JAYS in 1975 with Justin Hayward. 

Born and raised in Birmingham, England, Lodge was fascinated by cars, and from an early age, wanted to be a car designer; but he also had a great love for music, and bought his first guitar when he was 13 years old.  At 16, he bought his beloved Fender Precision Sunburst Bass, on which he would later perform on The Moody Blues’ “Nights in White Satin,” “I’m Just A Singer (In A Rock ’n' Roll Band)” and “Isn't Life Strange?” The young musician spent two years learning to play the instrument, and then, with friend Ray Thomas, formed the band, El Riot & the Rebels.  Listening to the riffs of early rock ‘n’ roll recordings, Lodge’s love of bass playing grew as he became interested in exploring “why” the bass guitar added such a huge dimension to the rhythm, energy and emotion of music, and his powerful and melodic bass, such a part of his songwriting, is the result.

After high school, Lodge served an apprenticeship, and attended Aston College of technology (later named Aston University), where he worked to receive a Higher National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering.  Lodge then reunited with former bandmate Ray Thomas, and was invited to join Thomas, Mike Pinder and Graeme Edge as bass guitarist/vocalist for The Moody Blues, in 1966.  Guitarist/vocalist Justin Hayward subsequently joined the band.

BLUE JAYS was released in 1975 and included Lodge's "Saved by the Music," a hard rocking piece with great hooks and a beautiful, catchy chorus, and was considered by many to be a highlight of the record.  NATURAL AVENUE In 1977, featured Chris Spedding on guitar and Mel Collins on sax and included the powerful ballads ‘Say you Love Me’ and anthemic ‘Who Could Change’.

Lodge released 10,000 LIGHT YEARS AGO, his second solo album, in the spring of 2016.  The recording again reunited Lodge with special guest contributions from former Moody Blues bandmates Ray Thomas and Mike Pinder on the song “Simply Magic.”  Legendary guitarist Chris Speddingagain appears on the album, among others.  The collection was recorded at various locations and completed at The Mix Factory studios in Florida.  Lodge’s song “In My Mind,” was nominated “Rock Anthem of the Year” by Prog Magazine.

Whilst still touring with The Moody Blues, Lodge recently undertook his first ever solo tour with a 12-city English tour in September 2016 and a short tour in Florida including the House of Blues.  He was invited as ‘Special Guest’ onto the ‘Cruise to the Edge’, a Prog Rock cruise from Tampa to Cozumel in February 2017.  The last night of the English tour was at the Birmingham Town Hall, John’s hometown, and the concert was filmed to capture this special evening. The Live DVD will be released during the Summer.

When not touring Lodge’s other passions include Charity and Wine.  Ten years ago he began his boutique wine label ‘Krisemma Wine’, hoping to share his favorite wines from around the world.  To date he has produced three wines, a red from Napa Valley, California, and another from Bordeaux from France, and a white from the Elgin region of South Africa.  This Elgin Chardonnay recently won a gold medal and two Trophies in the International Wine Challenge 2016, including Trophies for Best South African Chardonnay, and Best Elgin Region Chardonnay

Charity is very important to John, in particular children’s charities, and has been throughout his career.  As a keen golfer, he has been Captain of the Variety Club Golf Society, and is a proud member of The Grand Order of Water Rats, two of the wonderful Charities that provide John an opportunity to give back.  He also undertakes many fundraising activities at home in the UK, in Barbados, and around the world.

2017 sees the 50th Anniversary of the Moody Blues album DAYS OF FUTURE PASSED, and John and the Moody Blues will be embarking on a very special tour, including a complete performance of the album, to celebrate this iconic and groundbreaking album.  The tour starts in the USA in June 2017. 

 

 

 

Gracie Day

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Gracie Day is 2017’s “Best New Act” according to the New England Music Awards, an organization that acknowledges independent artists across all six states. Based in Hartford, and recently named “Best Folk Band” in CTNow’s Best of Hartford Reader’s Poll for 2017, Gracie Day is coming onto the music scene hot. The genre “Folk”, though a large influence on Day’s lyric writing, doesn’t quite describe the mixture of rock, soul and country her band has. Currently in the works, the highly anticipated debut E.P is scheduled to be released in October.

Three years ago, most people who knew Gracie Day as a person did not know she could sing, write and play guitar. She kept that part of herself private for so long, scared that she might ruin a pure joy of hers if she wasn’t well received. Even though guitars were always laying around her house growing up, her own family members did not know the extent of her passion for music. Her dad and brother played recreationally and her aunt Judy had been a locally-famous folk singer in her youth. Despite her family being pretty musical, Gracie was too shy to sing in front of people, so she would wait until no one was home, or hide in her family’s basement to hone her craft. As a teenager, Gracie says that music helped battle her depression, feelings of aloneness and being different. Somber emotional music often helped the most and she would listen to a lot of Elliott Smith, Jeff Buckley, Nick Drake, Radiohead, Saves the Day, Jenny Lewis and the Smashing Pumpkins. Once it became clear that she would be too shy to sing in front of anyone to try and start a musical collaboration, she picked up a guitar at age 15 knowing if she wanted accompaniment in the late hours of the night, she’d have to do it herself.

 

Gracie studied creative writing in college and made a book of poetry for her senior thesis. In addition to music, she always found a comfort in stories and how a voice could come through so clearly in words. JD Salinger’s “The Catcher in the Rye” is the book that made her really want to be a writer when she read it at age 15. Although she had always filled notebooks with stories and poems, Gracie Day didn’t write her first song until age 19 after she moved away from home for the first time. A lot of her earliest musical influences were heavily lyric-based because her parents spun a lot of 60’s and 70’s folk and singer-songwriter music like Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Simon and Garfunkel and James Taylor. When she graduated college, Gracie realized that for the first time in her life she was free of society’s expectations. After choosing to professionally battle her depressive disorder, she started seeking out to play music, tell her stories and sing everywhere she could and share with people the thing that had always brought her happiness.

After a few evolutions, Gracie has come up with a fantastic line-up for her band including Lee Sylvestre on guitar and vocals, Jeff Belcher on bass and vocals and Nick Dickinson on drums. The core four have
brought to life Gracie’s songwriting on her upcoming debut with other special guests all-stars from Connecticut including Craig Struble of Bronze Radio Return, Ben Dean of The Caravan of Thieves, Mike Oehmen of Dopapod, Ed Iarusso of the Kerri Power’s band, and many more. The album was recorded at the venerable CT-based Telefunken Elecktroakustik. Gracie Day is on the map now and will be planning on furthering her reaches out of Connecticut and New England as she spreads her sound to a growing fan base.

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