Southern California residents won’t have to travel far this weekend for a little Big Star. Only a few weeks after the Replacements performed their enduring tribute to the influential Memphis, Tennessee band’s lead singer live on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, a concert of songs by Alex Chilton, Chris Bell, Andy Hummel and Jody Stephens is set for September 27 in Los Angeles. Stephens, the only surviving member, will lead a star-studded cast of indie musicians in a performance of beloved Big Star albums Third/Sister Lovers and #1 Record. Tickets are available here.
As the Los Angeles Times reports, the performers include Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer, who formed the Posies and also played with a reunited Big Star lineup. Aimee Mann, Pete Yorn and R.E.M.’s Mike Mills will also be on hand, as will members of the Bangles, the dB’s, Galaxie 500 and Yo La Tengo. A full chamber orchestra will handle Third string arrangements that weren’t originally played in concert. Fans of the Big Star album Radio City, don’t worry: The event listing promises “September Gurls” as an encore, along with solo material by Bell (can never go wrong with “I Am the Cosmos,” can you?).
The concert at L.A.’s Wilshire Ebell Theatre is a benefit for Autism Think Tank, an organization for people with autism and their families. It follows a 2013 concert that presented two Beatles albums, Revolver and Abbey Road. Gary Stewart, co-founder of Trunkworthy.com, which is holding the concert jointly with the Wild Honey Foundation, is quoted as saying in a statement, ““What makes this special is that all the people performing this music were either associated with, or influenced by, Big Star.” Rock’n’roll is here to stay, then.