Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Give yourself to the ‘Dark Side’

Back Alley Party will feature Pink Floyd album in its entirety

Express Staff Writer

Courtesy graphic The Back Alley Party at the Wicked Spud in Hailey will feature a complete performance of Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” tonight.

It could be a high school fantasy, but band members Richard Harrah, Johnny Valenzuela and Brian Carney have always dreamed of playing Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" from start to finish live.

Since their high school days at The Community School in Sun Valley when they played in the band Not Yet, the three have thought about playing the classic rock album but never did.

After almost 30 years, the day has come and the epic event will take place at the Back Alley Party at the Wicked Spud in Hailey tonight, Aug. 18, from 6-9:30 p.m. There is no cover charge. Proceeds from beverage sales will benefit The Advocates for Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.

"We had our first rehearsal in April," said Valenzuela. "I got everyone together to convince them we could do it. And, that's when the enthusiasm was sparked."

Other band members include Steph Sloan and Mia Jefferson, who are Wood River High School graduates attending college in the fall, as well as James McMurtrey, Chris Smania, Sean Jackson and Matt Sloan, with sound design by Cory Ballentine of Enso Audio.

"I have always been a band member and now I am a conductor or band leader having done all the pre-work with a sample machine and counting," said Valenzuela. "If it goes well, we can do it every summer."

The music will mimic the album as closely as possible—and it's not a mere garage-band effort, said Harrah. If the core band for the "Dark Side of the Moon" performance can stay together, the group would like to attempt Pink Floyd's album "Animals" next summer.

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