Berlin-“Imagined” the critically acclaimed tour celebrating the Songs of John Lennon will be presented by the Nu-Utopians, a seven member folk/rock band at St. Kieran Arts Center on Thursday, July 21 at 7 pm. Tickets $12 adults, $6 students.
In a labor of love, celebrated folk/rockers Rex Fowler of Aztec Two-Step and Tom Dean of Devonsquare have teamed up with Tom’s former band mate Alana MacDonald and a host of talented musicians to recapture the spirit of John Lennon’s legendary music.
The Nu-Utopians (formerly the John Lennon Song Project) is a unique and compelling 7-piece band that celebrates the genius and artistry of John Lennon, one of the greatest songwriters of all time. Created and led by Rex Fowler of Aztec Two-Step and Tom Dean of Devonsquare, the ensemble gives remarkably fresh treatments to Lennon’s best and least known Beatles and solo songs that often inspire a whole new appreciation for John’s music.
The band’s live show features entertaining storytelling, and like their CD Imagined, superb lead singing and 3-part harmonies, plus a host of talented musicians on acoustic, electric and bass guitars, cello, violin, mandola, accordion, chromatic harmonica and light percussion. In a series of singles and mini-medleys, the band’s arrangements frequently involve weaving melody, lyric and song together in new and unexpected ways.
Rex Fowler and Tom Dean emerged as prominent folk/rock artists in the 1970s. Rex’s band, Aztec Two-Step, burst upon the scene with their self-titled debut album on Elektra Records in 1972. Tom Dean’s band Devonsquare was signed by Ahmet Ertegun, the legendary Chairman of Atlantic Records, after hearing Dean’s “Walking On Ice” from their self-released album of the same name. Collectively Rex and Tom have toured worldwide, been reviewed in Rolling Stone, performed on David Letterman and shared stages with such musical luminaries as Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne and The Band.
When looking for a new name for this unique group touring project focuss“Celebrating the Songs of John Lennon” we went with The Nu-Utopians. It’s simple. It rolls off the tongue and it references Nutopia, the fictitious country that John and Yoko founded in 1973 as a symbolic refuge for themselves and like-minded people seeking world peace.
This program is sponsored by Woodlands Credit Union and is made possible with support of the NH State Council on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation/North Country’s Art Ventures Fund, an Anonymous Fund, Libby Family Fund, North Country Region Community Fund and the Stanton and Elizabeth Davis Fund.
The 2011 Summer Series includes the spectacular mini-series: August “Celtic Mondays”: The Spinney Brothers, August 1; De Temps Antan, August 8; Ashlin, August 15; JJ Chaisson’s PEI Kitchen Party, August 22 and The Tartan Terrors on August 29. Ticket are $15-20 and are available at the door. Seats are discounted $2 for St. Kieran Season Members.
For a full schedule of events contact the Arts Center at 752-1028, 155 Emery Street or visit www.stkieranarts.org